View Full Version : Having my cake and eating it too...sleeping pads.

04-13-2007, 01:37
I'm scrapping my idea of a full length sleeping pad. I was reading this article on various sleeping pads:


For my 3-season camping, the prolite-3 small looks very popular at 13 ounces.

If I go with the GG Mariposa, I'll need to give the backpack some structure and I gather that's best done by storing GG Nightlight Torso Pad or Sit Pad on the outside especially if u have the carbon fiber installed. Though I'd lose a couple of inches of length when you compare the Prolite 3 Small to the Nightlight Torso, you'd make up for it in thickness (by combining any of the three GG pads below) and weight savings, right?

Nightlight 3/4 -> 8.2oz
Torso -> 3.8oz
Sitlight -> 1.4oz

Totals ranging from:
5.2oz (Torso + Sitlight)
7.6oz (Torso + Torso)
12oz (Nightlight + Torso)

Thermarest Prolite 3 Short pad-> 13oz.
Sitlight for structure-> 1.4oz


My question is...is this recommended? Is there any problem with doubling up these pads? If I put the torso pad on the outside for structure and another torso on the inside of the pack on the wall of the mariposa farthest away from my body (to keep the packs weight as close to me as possible), will I run into any problems? What about if I use the Torso pad for structure on the outside and loosely roll the 3/4 pad on the inside?

I guess I'm not ready to jump fully into ultralight with my sleeping comfort. http://hikinghq.net/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif




04-13-2007, 05:24
I don't see any problem with either set-up you have come up with.
Welcome to WhiteBlaze!

For mine I have the ThinLight inside my Mariposa Plus and the Z-Rest cut into a small section for the back pad support.

I have also used my Big Agnes Air Core inside a Chair Kit for my back support as well.
I have put the Therm-A-Rest Pro 3 Woman's pad inside my pack and a regular cut piece of CCF for the back support.

I think you just need to find what is easy for you...what feels the most comfortable.
I did find I like to keep the carbon rods inside for all 3 set-ups :)

04-13-2007, 06:29
I think its a good combo. On my thru I used both a BA air mattress and a small cut down ridgerest. I did this because I am old and also because in case the BA blew a leak I would have a backup..

04-13-2007, 09:29
I use a shortie pad and then just find something to shove under my ankles. The closed-cell foam pads don't cut it for me. I use a Thermarest (prolite 3.)

04-13-2007, 10:29
Since I use my sleeping pads everynight at home, and I have 3 cats, I don't use anything with "air" in the description. I use the cheap, blue foam pads from Wally World. They don't weight anything (although they are really bulky), and you can cut them to size. The cats have torn out the foam from the bottom (foot), so they are even lighter now! ;)