View Full Version : Regular vs 3/4 sleeping pad

02-26-2007, 09:35
What is the benifit or down fall in owning one or the other.

02-26-2007, 09:44
It's all about weight and pack size. I own both lengths in both self inflator (thermarest) and Z-rest. I switched to the 3/4 length size going into my thru in 2003 and will never go back to a full length pad for backpacking. There is a difference in comfort between the inflator and egg crate foam mats and that is the key decision.


02-26-2007, 09:49
What is the benifit or down fall in owning one or the other.

For my purposes, the main reason for using the "3/4" is the weight savings. You can always find something to throw under your feet. The 3/4 length Thermarest Prolite 3 is 13 oz. I used one of the old/original Thermarests for many years. It's still fine but is several oz. heavier.

02-26-2007, 10:00
lol sorry looking at the ridge rest. I have a pro-lite 4 long which i won't be taking.

02-26-2007, 12:06
3/4 is usually plenty, and is, of course, lighter...unless you're going to be out in very cold weather and need the insulation.


02-26-2007, 12:34
The type of pack you choose may also impact the 3/4 vs full length decision, since many of the light weight frameless packs that use a sleeping pad against the backpanel (like my ULA Conduit) will only accept a 3/4 pad. But I suppose someone who has decided on such a lightweight pack has probably also decided on a 3/4 (or less) pad. I decided to purchase a full size Thermarest z-lite pad, cut off a few folding sections to make it a 3/4 and then I can always take the 1/4 piece along if I decide I need full coverage insulation for cold weather. (Let's see you self-inflator pad owners try that trick!:D )

02-26-2007, 12:43
no benefit or downfall--all of them are woefully inadequate when compared to a box spring mattress. hehe

Choose your poison. :) easier hiking vs. "more" comfortable sleeping. 3/4 length foam pad at 9oz is a decent compromise.

the goat
02-26-2007, 13:14
stonewall- i always use a 3/4 & i'm by no stretch an ultralighter. you olnly need it to go to your shoulders and there's always something you can throw under your feet (crocs, sandals, pack, etc.)

02-26-2007, 20:54
Thanks all going w/ the 3/4 Ridge rest found for $14.97

the goat
02-26-2007, 22:24
Thanks all going w/ the 3/4 Ridge rest found for $14.97
where the hell did you find that price!?!

02-26-2007, 22:29
I like the 3/4 insulmat.

02-26-2007, 22:34
at www.altrec.com (http://www.altrec.com/shop/detail/16778/?sch=clk) sale ends the 28th

02-27-2007, 17:48
downfall if your using a hammock and a down bag i found that out after one damp night using my down bag with a 3/4 length pad your legs will get cold... but as i found out later all you gotta do is chuck your backpack into the hammock with you and put it under your legs...