Pretty good bang for the buck!

Reviewed by Matt the Californian from Alameda, CA on Thursday, August 14, 2008
I bought this pad and have used it now on a few outings. This is the first of its kind that I've used much; I've had a Thermarest RidgeRest pad for a long time with great success. But as one gets older, you need a little more cushin! And so far, this new one has proven to be a nice pad.Therma is usually recognized as the industry standard in this field of pad types, but I see no significant difference between this one from Alps....well, except for the fact that Therma makes you buy the stuff sack extra, whereas Alps does not.Many of the other reviews knock the bulk....but what do you expect from a 'value' pad line like this? Therma has the same issues. But if you compare this line to the Therma TrailLite series, you won't notice all that much difference. Same packing size (in the 20x72x1.5 pad), and only about 6 or 7 oz heavier (when you factor in the stuff sack). Not a lot of difference.It still doesn't quite offer the kind of comfort I need, though the problem is not the pad. I just need more. Fortunately, my wife really likes it...and I'm going to just have to pony up and buy a 3 1/2 inch Exped pad for 100-bucks.
  • Best Uses: Backpacking, Car Camping, Extended Trips, Weekend Trips
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
  • Pros: Comfortable, Durable Design, Easy To Inflate, Good value, No sliding in the tent
  • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
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