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Blow-up Sleeping Pads



Q: Is it worth it to buy a blow-up sleeping pad? If so, which one should I buy?

—Lucas the Sleeper, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota 

A: Inflatable sleeping mats are definitely worth it, Lucas. While a solid, closed-cell foam mat is affordable, durable and lightweight, lots of guys find inflatable mats more comfortable.

One of the best entry-level inflatable sleeping mats is the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout ($50). It weighs about 1 lb., 6 oz., is 1 inch thick and has an R-value of 3.4. (R-value is a fancy way of saying it will insulate you from the cold of the ground. The higher the R-value, the more insulation it provides.)

By comparison, the Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic ($20), a closed-cell foam mat, has an R-value of 2.6. Depending on the conditions, that extra insulation might be important.

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3 Comments on Blow-up Sleeping Pads

  1. Perdidochas // March 29, 2017 at 7:26 am // Reply

    As a scout leader, I would recommend closed foam pads for younger scouts. They are almost indestructible and carefree. For older Scouts, the inflatable mats might be useful, but the foam mats work fine.

  2. The lord of the rings lego's // February 23, 2017 at 7:46 am // Reply

    What is the best tent you can ever buy?

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