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 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!
Reviewed by Don from Washington on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This pad seems heavy duty,. It has a nice finish on the outer material with no slip texture on one side. The built in pillow is a nice touch. The pad self inflated better than any of my other "self inflating" pads. Only draw back is it is heavy, so don't get any ideas you could pack it very far from the car.
Reviewed by River runner from No. Cal. on Sunday, September 14, 2014
The length, width, depth provides great mattress like comfort for the whole body. I never felt my hips or shoulders "ground out". I'm 6'-4", 192 lb. it self inflates perfectly. Seems rugged. The only problem is, if you are on even the slightest slope, your sleeping bag and you will both slowly slide off during the night, and you will wake up as you start to slide all the way off. My wife and I are thinking of sewing a cover bag of some sort.
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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 Hiker/Photographer 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