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Old 12-23-2012, 01:56 AM
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Coldest Temperature for Closed Cell Foam / CCF Pad

What is the coldest outside temperature that you've used a ccf pad (sans an inflatable) on the ground? Please specify the ccf pad specs and temperature/conditions details.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:17 PM
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I've used and owned a couple of the thermarest foam pads, but only in moderate to slightly cold (40 or a little below) weather. I was never really a "cold" weather camper. Ironically, it wasn't until I've become older, that I've gotten into and interested in "cold" weather camping. I'm also now using inflatibles year around.


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Old 12-24-2012, 12:45 AM
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it was one of the really generic ones, i forget the brand, somewhere between 1/2" and thicker.

i was somewhere within 5 degrees of zero(F) in one direction or another.

stayed pretty warm, truth be told. i wouldn't have been if i'd been on snow instead of actual dirt. shelter area was the base of a smaller fir tree, i had about 3-3 1/2 feet of vertical space and snow-walls that went almost all the way up to the underside of the bottom layer of branches. the clear spot went about 4 feet from the trunk in any one direction. i took the time to brush the ground meticulously clean, so's i could make use of cooking gear. in all, a very comfortable night.

if you can keep from getting any melting going on around the pad those thicker blue CCF pads are worth the money, and they're cheap enough you can use for a season and replace. a good ground-cloth is essential. and if you're looking for really cushy comfort you might want to look elsewhere...
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