Reviewed by fishinaz from Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, May 8, 2012
This thing is big and comfy. Went fishing at the lake for 3 days. I used this pad to sleep comfortably in the bed of my truck. I kept a thin sheet of pegboard in the back of the truck to make a flat surface on the metal bed rails and throw this big boy on top of that. Very comfortable.
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Reviewed by Zapato Brie from Vegas on Saturday, December 13, 2014
With the size and weight of this thing, it's highly doubtful you'll ever take this on the trail. But, for car camping, this thing is a dream. Extra long and extra wide. No more elbows hanging over the sleeping pad and touching the ground. Fills up pretty good on self-inflation, but you do still need to add some extra air to it to make it firm enough to sleep on and not bottom out. But that's necessary with any pad. Deflation and rollup are relatively easy too, with no problem getting it down to size to fit back into the stuf sack.
Reviewed by Geo from las Vegas on Saturday, November 29, 2014
I bought this pad because it's big and for car camping, and it's perfect! It is a big comfortable pad so be aware it takes a little effort to fill and a little more effort to pack away. If your looking for something small and compact this is not it. After sleeping on it is worth all the effort!!!
Reviewed by Mary the happy camper from Rochester NY on Monday, November 17, 2014
This pad is very large, seemingly well made and comfortable. It is however nowhere near the 3" thickness advertised except maybe at the crest of the pillow. My pad measures out at less than 2", 1.5" actual thickness. The other thing is that the picture shows valve at top but it is in fact at bottom, farthest away from the big puffy pillow and any chance to adjust pad air pressure while on it unless you are upside-down. Mine did not inflate quickly or fully but again, for the price it will do the trick.
Reviewed by Stormygirl from Imperial Valley, California on Monday, November 17, 2014
We've been using Therma-rest and REI's version for years. In comparison this one just doesn't seem like it will hold up as well.
I tried it for half an hour in the house before deciding to send it back for the following reasons:
* It doesn't self inflate as fast as my REI version of Therma-rest.
* The position of the valves at one's feet seems like a big mistake. I want the valves at my head in case I need to adjust in the night. It would go back for that reason alone
* Top surface of the pad feels too slippery; if sleeping in a sleeping bag on uneven ground I think one would quickly find themselves...on the ground.
* Fabric doesn't feel as sturdy as my other pads; I'd worry it might puncture easily.
If you have never used a Therma-rest or similar pad before, you'll probably think this is ok. If you have, this is definitely back-sliding. It is, however, half the price of a similar pad from Therma-rest or REI.
Reviewed by Rocky Mountain Mom from Colorado on Wednesday, November 5, 2014
From other reviews, we knew this pad would be heavy; but we weren't backpacking so we decided to go for the comfort factor. Because it's self-inflating, it's super easy to set up and it's very comfortable...didn't feel the ground at all. However, our sleeping bags are nylon and they slid around on the nylon pads until we turned them over to have the PVC dot side against the sleeping bag. Rolling these pads back up takes some upper body strength or weight to get the air out, and time. Setup is 30 seconds, rollup is 7 minutes. Overall, very comfy!
Yes, it is filled with some type of foam that provides insulation. It's over 2 inches thick and almost 3 in the head section. Based on my past experience with Thermarest pads of lesser thickness ...... you could use this on snow and be comfortable. It was in the high 30's in Yosemite a few weeks ago and it was quite comfortable with no cold sensation. I don't know the exact make up of the foam or how to calculate the R Value of a particular insulated pad.
Answered on 5/31/2014 6:44:48 PM by California Hiker from California
The pad measures 3" alll around. By far the best, although heaviest pad I have ever owned; not for backpacking!
Answered on 5/2/2014 8:09:22 AM by Wild Catalina from Catalina Island, CA
I took out my sleeping pad and allowed it fully inflate on its own- then added air by blowing into it. That made the pad a close 3" all around and 3 1/2" on the pillow. It is really hard to accurately measure the pad- however I can attest to the fact that is is a thick and comfortable pad. A great deal for the price.
Answered on 5/2/2014 8:47:09 AM by Fashionable and Active. from Massachusetts
The pillow portion of the pad is 12 inches long - and is a solid 3 inches thick. The rest of the pad is slightly less ...... just unrolled it and let it self inflate for a few minutes. I didn't try and blow much air into it ...... comes up pretty quickly. There are two oversized valves.
Answered on 5/2/2014 9:39:53 AM by California Hiker from SF Bay Area