Reviewed by MtnHound from Idaho on Tuesday, July 05, 2011
I got tired of not sleeping well because of light weight poor performing pads. I'm willing to put up with a little bulk for good sleep. Make sure to add a few good breaths after its done self inflating.
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Reviewed by saucynoodles from Sierra Nevada on Monday, November 18, 2013
This is only my second sleeping pad, but I like it better than my Thermarest. This Summit pad inflates a little thicker yet still rolls a little tighter than my Thermarest. Comes with a little carry bag - how nice. Didn't feel the ground or the cold when fall camping in the Sierra Nevada's, so it did the job I expected it to do.
Reviewed by T.J. from California on Sunday, October 20, 2013
I picked this up during a killer STP sale and, for the price, I'd highly recommend this pad. While it certainly isn't the lightest for backpacking, which is how I use it, it's performed well for me and I've yet to have any issues after roughly 70 nights of use. The self-inflating description isn't exactly true as you will have to supply your own air to get it where it needs to be. But the 1.5" of support is accurate.
The included field repair kit is a nice touch although I've yet to need it.
A tip is to store the pad deflated and laid out flat. I just keep mine under my bed. This will add to the longevity of the pad.
When breaking down camp, you will need to roll it up, stick it under your knees to expel the extra air, close the valve and repeat to get all the air out. Obviously, longer than a foam pad breakdown but worth it for the night time comfort. I've had it out down to 20 degrees and it provides decent insulation as well.
A great choice for the shopper who doesn't want to spend a ton of money on a pad but still want quality and function. Good job ALPS.
Reviewed by Madpickle from Texas on Saturday, October 05, 2013
I have used the leading brand for years, and this pad is every bit the quality. I just finished a backpacking trip and this pad provided excellent comfort. I will be looking closer at other Alps products after experiencing their Summit pad.
Reviewed by Brian Colo from Colorado on Friday, September 27, 2013
I was kind of disappointed with the pad. It inflated just fine and held air. I woke up in the morning and it didn't have the same feel as it did when I went to sleep that night. I opened the valve and it started sucking in air to re inflate. So I let it fill and shut the valve closing it more tightly thinking maybe I didn't turn the valve tight enough. The second morning I woke up same issue. I am not sure if my size has anything to do with it. I am 6'1" and weight 250. Not sure if this was a fluke, It was my first time using the pad so I don't suspect any punctures I own other ALPS products and have been more than happy with them.
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