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    Hi guys! I'm looking for a camping mattress. Maybe you could give me a couple suggestions how to choose one and share your impressions about certain models. Thank you!
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    How tall are you? About how much do you weigh? What are your planned uses, for example car camping, ultra light trekking?

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    I want one for a backpack trip. I need a mattress long and wide enough to accomodate my 6 ft and 200 lbs.

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    The THERMAREST mattresses are what I have used. They were said to have a good warranty back in the day, but I never returned one.

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    i have a qomotop self-inflating mattress , easy to 80 ◊ 28 inch, perfect for 1 people . i like automatic-inflation ) you just have to open the air valve and the air will make it plump .

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfak7670 View Post
    I want one for a backpack trip. I need a mattress long and wide enough to accomodate my 6 ft and 200 lbs.
    All kind of subjective based on what you like and want to carry. For backpacking I try to stay as light as possible as I generally am covering at least 10 miles or more a day. I will splurge a little weight on sleep comfort.

    I donít personally find the self- inflating pads you be that comfortable. I prefer the ones you need to blow up and offer a bit better R value. I have had ones from big agnes that worked well for a while. The currently have a couple from klymitt that are equally as comfortable. They do weight more than standard foam or 3/4 self inflating ones. They eventually develop micro holes due to folding up in the same place repeatedly.

    They are generally about 2Ē thick and pack about the size of a Nalgene bottle or a little bigger.

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    Are you talking about a sleeping pad you would carry in a pack, or something you would take car camping?

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    Iíve got several different Big Agnes pads for different uses and I like them all. I donít think you could go wrong with any of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    Iíve got several different Big Agnes pads for different uses and I like them all. I donít think you could go wrong with any of them
    The big Agnes pads are good. Since their sleeping bags rely on a pad for the back insulation of the bag they tend to make pretty good pads.
    I bought the klymitt ones because they were on sale and the big agness ones were starting to go flat a couple times a night. I did use them for several years before this happened and they are great. A 2-2.5Ē thick inflatable pad is surprisingly comfortable. I am a little over 6í and 200lbs.

    If you are car camping, bring whatever you want. If you are backpacking, decide how comfortable you want to be and how much weight you want to carry. For backpacking, I donít think any pad is as comfortable as the inflatable ones you have to blow up. I have friends who use the self inflating ones and just foam pads, some use 2/3 length, but they are built like birds so they donít need as much cushion I guess.

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    I have a thermarest self inflating mat, and a klymit static V blow up mat.

    I'm 5' 11" 180 and a side sleeper. I was advised to get the thicker thermarest, because I am a side sleeper, and primarily a car camper. I agree with StagMoose, that they are not the most comfortable on the planet. However, should they get a hole, they'ii still give some comfort, and some insulation.

    I bought a Klymit for my grandson, and when I found out it was on sale, I bought two. They really fold up small for back-packing. Certainly compared to the self inflating therma-rest.

    I never liked blow up mats, they were too stiff and bouncy, and then I'd sweat on top of them.
    By accident, I discovered my mistake.
    I blew up my Klymit, and decided to let some air out of it while lying on it. I found that I could lie on my side, and still have support. It was MUCH more comfortable, when the air pressure was adjusted to my body.

    I'm a muush, and if I am staying a few nights, I might bring my lounge chair 3 inch foam cushion,
    On a back-packing trip, I'd bring an inflatable, like the klymit. I can't recommend one brand over another. Sorry I just don't have enough experience with a variety of equipment.
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    Thermarest X-Therm Max, size large is 77 x 25 inches. Has an R-Value of 6.9, so even if you sleep on snow it will insulate you from the ground. Match the temperature of your bag to your conditions and you'll be warm anywhere.

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