Scott and Ariane December 19, 2016 0

How to choose a Backpacking Sleeping Pad

When you are new to backpacking and getting ready to start buying gear, one of the things that get very confusing is trying to buy a sleeping pad. There are so many to choose from and priced between $50.00 – $150.00 dollars. Which is the best, the lightest, the most comfortable. AHHHHH!

The most common question we get when we take new backpackers out is “what kind of sleeping pad is the best”? The answer to that is not so cut and dry.

We looked at 4 things when we chose the REI Flash, The Nemo Tensor and the Big Anges Q-Core SLX

  1. R Value or insulation. How cold could you use your sleeping pad to help keep you warm?
  2. How comfortable was it once you laid down on it?
  3. Packability. How well did it pack up and how much did it weigh?
  4. Price and Quality.

We usually go backpacking in the winter, so it’s important to us to keep warm. Mainly because we sleep under a Tarp. So R-Value is important to us. When looking for a sleeping pad you have to ask yourself a few questions.

How important is comfort to you?

How important is staying warm?

How much do you want to spend?

We can tell you for sure, that the lighter, and the warmer you go, the more money you will spend. But that’s a good if you want to give yourself a better chance at staying warm at night.  In our LIVE Show we talk about the different kinds of sleeping pads and what is important when looking to buy one.

If you have a question, join in on the conversation and let’s talk sleeping pads.