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Old 03-31-2014, 10:17 PM
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IdahoSkies IdahoSkies is offline
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Thanks. I have been laying on pads and I think I am going to spring for a Q-core SL. My wife found what she liked (static V from Klymit) but I have been more equivocal. I know that the SL is smaller than a lot of the other pads on the market, but at 5' 3" I'm not the biggest guy around.

I'm going to give it a test drive once more and then make my decision. Thank you for the help.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:50 AM
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Grandpa Grandpa is offline
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I've used many pads, from the blue foam to Z rest to self inflators to insulated Big Agness to Neo Air. My favorite is the Neo Air, which is the lightest and also most delicate. I just make sure I've carefully selected the spot it will occupy and removed anything that might poke it. I also use a polycryo ground sheet which is quite puncture resistant. I also keep a repair kit in the bag.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Grandpa
I also keep a repair kit in the bag.
Yeah, this is not unlike a bicyclist carrying a patch kit for a potential flat tire (inner tube). It sure makes good sense.

Nearly everything on the ground was sharp in some of the desert areas that I've made camp.

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Old 04-14-2014, 07:50 PM
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For me inflatables win in both the space and convenience of use categories. I switched from a Neo Air to a Klymit Inertia X Wave Recon a year and a half ago. It packs to the size of a soda can, inflates with five breaths, is very comfortable and the Recon model uses a heavier denier than other models. I always take the time to scout my tent sight and remove any debris that might lead to a puncture. I also use a polycro ground pad underneath the floor of my Skyscape X which adds another layer of protection. I have little concern about durability but just in case I do carry a patch kit.

All that being said, I am an adult who has made a significant investment in gear and therefore treat it as any piece of ultralight gear should be treated. The OP mentioned kids. I can't speak for his family however when car camping with my two boys, I still opt for my Klymit however the blue Walmart pads come out for the boys. Hopefully in a few years they will have learned how to take care of gear and can be trusted with an inflatable.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:17 AM
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EagleRiverDee EagleRiverDee is offline
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I recognize that inflatables are more fragile, but like another person said, I've found they are a must for me. When I was younger, I could sleep on just a z-rest and I was fine. Now if I try to do that, I get horrible muscle cramps in my back. I have a Big Agnes Q Core SL, and because I'm a cold sleeper I go ahead and top it with my old Z-rest for additional insulation. It seems to be tough enough- my dog sleeps at my feet (I have a wide/long, so there's room down at the bottom) and the pad holds up to her and me. I am careful about prepping the area I'm going to place my tent to ensure any sharps are moved away. It's got a repair kit in the bag but I've never needed it.
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