NEMO Equipment Inc. Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad
Cold, sleepless nights are almost as bad as a heavy, bulky backpack--fortunately Nemo's Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad eliminates both those problems. Incredibly light and packable, the Astro packs down to the size of a standard water bottle, and uses both air, and insulation to ensure the best nights sleep you've ever had on the trail.
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Sleeping Pads Checklist
||Backpacking? If weight
and bulk are top issues, then get a lightweight
pad, as they are
far less bulky than other pads. If you can spare a bit of bulk and
some ounces, then a midweight
pad does work, as it is more comfortable and warmer.
||For Campground Use : For
campground use, get a luxury
pad. Just don't plan on taking them
into the mountains. Midweight
pads also work, but they aren't nearly
as comfortable as a luxury pad.
||Say "NO" to Foam! Foam
pads have two advantages...they'll never leak and they are cheap.
But they aren't nearly as effective in keeping the camper warm (one
exception, see below), aren't comfortable at all, and are nasty
to pack. Just say "NO" to foam!
||Remember their Purpose! The
purpose of a sleeping pad is to keep the camper warm (primary use)
and comfortable (secondary use). Thicker pads keep the camper warmer
because there is more air between the ground and camper...thus insulating
the camper from the cold ground.
||Sleeping in the Snow? If
so, you want to get a luxury
pad...as they will provide far more
warmth than any other type of pad. And to heck with the weight and
bulk. There are also some specially designed foam pads (not cheap
army surplus pads) that work well for winter camping, too.
||Don't Forget the Stuff Sack! Sadly,
many sleeping pads do NOT come with the stuff sack...it's something
you need to buy separately. While it's a pain, do it...as the stuff
sacks are designed specifically for the pad (reducing bulk and allowing
for easy stuffing).
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