View Full Version : inflate-a-sleep-pad-with-a-trash-compactor-bag?

04-03-2015, 13:22


04-03-2015, 16:40
most useful post ever!

04-03-2015, 17:37
most useful post ever!
Let's not confuse my most useful post ever with THE most useful post ever...

Rocket Jones
04-03-2015, 17:44
The first time I tried this it didn't work at all. Same with the second attempt. Practice, practice, practice.

04-03-2015, 18:05
tried it on my Big Agnes with multiple kinds & sizes of trash bags & plastic grocery bags, works like a charm.

04-03-2015, 18:32
Hi - Ice Cream is hiking N on AT and made a trash compactor bag inflator. He is in Smokies someplace. Little challenging when it gets pin holes. But it works he says.

04-04-2015, 02:27
That's pretty cool...I have to admit that blowing that pad up everyday by mouth was like walking up a steep hill, pain in the neck but you just had to do it. My neo air xl took 40 breaths to fill in the beginning, by the time I was passed Harpers Ferry I was down to 25 breaths...still hated doing it!

04-04-2015, 09:03
Saves on a lot of moisture and bacteria building up in the pad.

04-04-2015, 21:19
That's a great tip!

04-04-2015, 21:28
Nice tip....will come in handy...thanks

04-05-2015, 00:43
I use the inflation stuff sack that came with the XTherm, and it works, but takes about 15 sacks full. I tried this with a cheap kitchen tall trash bag, and filled the XTherm with two bags. A bit awkward at first, but easier than the 15 stuff sacks to fill. More practice I'm sure will produce easier filling.

I will say, with the cheap trash bag, I managed to poke my thumb through it. It still worked, but not as effectively. I will try to get a compactor bag, never had the need for that before, the trash bags always worked fine for keeping things dry. Thanks lazarus for the link.

Another Kevin
04-08-2015, 21:30
Since I use a compactor bag as a pack liner, I've tried the trick. It works.

Since my ProLite only takes 3-4 breaths to inflate if I don't start blowing for a few minutes after I open the valve, I find that blowing by mouth is easier for me.