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kenp
05-08-2015, 06:33
ALPS Mountaineering Ultra-Light Air Pad for 42$ on steepandcheap. Is this a good buy, how does it compare with with the bigger $$$ brands?

Dochartaigh
05-08-2015, 10:59
It's a bit on the heavy side to be called "Ultra-Light" at 24 ounces. Many people use the Thermarest xLite's which are ~12-15 ounces depending on size.

For the money, if you don't need as high an R-Value, I would suggest the Klymit V2. They're $60, and 17 ounces - and it's the most comfortable mat I've ever used (and I've tried nearly everything on the market). I've only taken mine down to around 40 so far, but I still didn't feel any cold from the ground.

Walkintom
05-08-2015, 11:08
The Klymit pads are an awesome value. If you need more then maybe look at the Big Agnes Air Core pads. You can get away for under $100 and get 3.5" between you and the ground. Makes for very comfy sleeping. I do better on my BA pad than I do on most beds.

kenp
05-08-2015, 18:58
Thanks for the heads up on the klymit pad, it looks like good value.