Sleeping Pad Reviews
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An excellent closed cell foam pad. The ridges give you excellent insulation. Weighs about 14 ounces in the long version. Gives superb protection from cold ground, especially in snow caves. I prefer the closed cell foam over an air/foam mattress in the winter
Thermarest makes a wide variety of sleeping pads. They are a combination of foam and air, giving you the comfort of an air mattress with the insulation of foam.
They are self-inflating if you are patient. In theory they can puncture, and repair kits are available.
If cared for and put in a protective sack when traveling, you should get a lot of mileage out of one. Mine has been in continual use for about 10-12 years and has never needed repair.
It is best to store these out of the sack and with the valve open to maintain resiliency.
Personally, I like the classic, standard long version. My wife prefers the Camprest, which is a little wider, and about twice as deep. I borrow it when I'm car-camping!