Rated5out of5byJake the Boy ScoutfromGreat Pad!My dad and I both bought these pads more than 6 years ago and they have held up very well! Mine has a little nick, but that was my own doing. I have used this pad on every campout and it has kept me warm and dry. I recently brought this to Philmont with me for 12 days and I rolled it up and attached it to my pack. It was super light, very comfortable and warm and I put the crew TP inside of it for quick access. I am returning to Philmont this summer and am bringing this great pad with me!
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated4out of5byC CloughfromUndeniably practical gearThis pad is warm. I have slept on it in temperatures down into the twenties, and never felt any cold seeping through from the ground. I have used one of these as my sole pad for three weeks on hard-pack lakebed, and it was pretty comfortable.
It isn't glamorous, it isn't sexy, it makes a very big roll that must be strapped to the outside of my pack, but it is warm and durable. I have two of these (two of them perfectly line the floor of an REI Half Dome tent on car camping trips), and I expect I will be using both for years to come. I love the comfort of my inflatable pad, but I don't worry about anything with the foam pad.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated5out of5byroyce44fromStable, warm, comfortable.After spending months on uncomfortable blankets and losing heat, I bought one of these. What a difference. It definitely blocks the cold ground and also provides good comfort. Not sure why I went so long without getting one.
If you don't care about its bulkiness, I definitely recommend this over inflatables. Not only is it much cheaper, it's also more stable and durable.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated5out of5bykraft1987fromBest Closes-Cell Foam Pad I have usedI have owned an original Ridgerest 3/4 length sleeping pad since I was 12 years old. I am now 26, and I had used that same exact sleeping pad three times this past summer. I have purchased a few other sleeping pads since, trying to find a good balance between weight and comfort, but I kept coming back to the Ridgerest pad, as it is hard to beat it's comfort, weight and warmth.
In my quest for the perfect sleeping setup, for long distance hiking, I have used a 1.5" thick self-inflating sleeping pad (Big Agnes Hinman mummy cut: 26 oz) and also an inflatable 3.5" thick sleeping pad (Big Agnes Air Core mummy cut: 19 oz), as well as a few other cheap foam pads that were not very good at all (trying to go too light weight)... As for comfort, this pad is not quite as comfortable as the inflatables, but for utility it's awesome. If I'm car camping with my Fiance, I will take the inflatables. Weight is not a concern, and I'm able to sleep well at rocky and rooty campsites. If I am backpacking and know I can chose my campsite, I will take the Ridgerest now.
As for the reason I bought this, my current pad only goes down to my knees, and I needed the longer length for fall camping. This is a very warm pad, especially for the weight (I measured 13.55 oz). I figured if the 3/4 length is comfortable the full length should be as well.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase. I use this pad as my pack frame by putting it inside my pack "burrito style", whereby I put the other gear inside of it. I use a 45 liter REI Flash 45 pack with it most of the time. My conclusion here is, if you're a sleeper that doesn't mind or prefers a stiffer mattress, then this pad can't be beat. Hands down the best foam pad I've ever tried. Great utility as a pack frame, and quick to setup and take down when compared to inflatables.
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated4out of5byUltralighterfromPerfect when cut down and light weight.I cut this into a torso lengh pad to get the perfect size for me. This wouldn't be possible with an inflatable. Site selection is key to sleep comfortably on this. If you're sleeping on rocks... yeah, this is not comfy. If you're sleeping on duff and carve out a dip in the ground for your rear then this is perfect.
I roll this up and put it sideways in my pack for internal pack support and then pack my items inside the sleeping pad roll. This packing method works perfectly for me and gives extra support in my frameless pack.
After about 2 years of use the reflective coating is showing some signs of wear.
Date published: 2013-10-19
Rated4out of5byrtoris288fromWarm and Comfortable!I use this pad in two different ways. For 3-season camping, I use it solo and it works great. It keeps you very warm off the ground and adds a bit of comfort as well. I've never really had a problem with it other than it packing a bit large when you roll it up. For 4-season camping, I tend to use it in tandem with a therm-a-rest to add a bit more warmth. It really depends on the weather that day. For some winter trips, it may be just fine on its own.
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated3out of5bycampanarojofromRespectably Does the JobPerfect for a 2-3 day camping trip, but I would invest in something a little more comfortable for any longer length of time.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated5out of5byKlammburger-lerfromDoes what its DESIGNED for.I've had mine for a few years and have used and abused it, ALOT. Still going strong and does what its meant to do. This pad is meant to give you an insulating barrier between you and the ground. Keeps you warmer than sleeping on the heat sucking ground and is still more comfy than a hard slab of granite or rocks, gravel, sticks, etc. It's not no cushy backcountry air bed.. You get the point. Its multi-purpose too. Prop it up and use it as a giant windscreen for your stove, use it as a sarong, or for privacy when you really got to go and your on the side of a busy road far from a bathroom, you can get pretty creative. I like the fact I can just take this thing out, unroll it, throw it on the ground, plop down and have some lunch. No worry of holes. Its not for everyone, fact. But, if you are looking to go lighter, minimalist, or just need something inexpensive and warm you found it. The pictures I have are of the short sized pad. There's no shiny stuff on it because I have had it before they got all fancy.. ;)
Date published: 2013-09-19
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