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What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

I'm looking for your personal opinion on sleeping pads that have worked well for you and kept you warm while backpack hunting during rifle season.

I'm also interested in any that you had a bad experience with.
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    Unread 03-11-2013, 12:47 PM
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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    Andy, interesting topic. I've had about all of them and there seem to be pros and cons of all.
    I have found out that anything that can leak, will.
    I like closed cell foams for durability---not the most comfort of them all.
    That all being said, I am looking at the Big Agnes QL SL. New for this year---just over a pound and 3.5 inches thick. I am trying to come up with something light (tyvek maybe) underneath to prevent punctures from rocks which is mostly what I end up sleeping on. Imagine that, rocks in Idaho...........
    I also like closed cell foam for quickness----you can get up and out in the morning fast.

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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    Randy,

    It sounds like you don't like to carry a closed cell pad plus your inflatable? Just too much bulk and/or weight?
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    Unread 03-11-2013, 02:27 PM
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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    Well, I would do that if i was winter camping and I am thinking of doing it early season with a really thin ensolite pad for the ground---I think they are about 8 ounces which is worth it for me. I am actually going to go spike camping for a wolf here in the next week or so I plan on trying out some new gear.

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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    Andy and others,
    This is a pretty good site for some gear and their closed cell pads are really good. I use one that I cut up for a sit pad.

    ProLite Gear EvoPad 1/4

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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    Showing my age ...paid $69 for largest thermarest back in the mid 1990s and used it in CO every year for 6-7 years with no problem at 10,000'. It stands-full blown- behind the door in the den @ 72 degrees. Last used 2002.

    Hope the 4 Y.O. G.D. grows up quick so we can all go after ELK one time before I pass it all to her.


    Added: Randy, got that type from Army-Navy store here and have not needed it yet, but it is in the trailer, along with another 1,000 lb of junk.
    Will take it for that Emergency Over Night Stay @11,000" when I go that direction or under the T-rest pad if we ever camp again.
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    Re: What lightweight sleeping pad do you use during rifle season?

    NeoAir™ All Season

    Plenty warm, packs very small (quart water bottle), quite light (regular is 19oz) and literally the most comfortable camping mattress I've every slept on.

    A slightly lighter alternative at 15 oz. for a regular: Therm-a-Rest® NeoAir

    Use this XTRA SMALL size Thermarest 'Fast and Light' stuff sack for the approx. quart size water bottle package when packed: Therm-a-Rest Fast and Light Stuff Sack | Backcountry.com
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