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RE: [pct-l] Re:Therm-a-Rest
I have used both thermarests (regular & "ultralight") on an unfortunately
small number of summer and fall trips up to a week in length. I've also
used the "ridge rest" pads and played with the Z-rest pads. My experience
has been in the East, so I can't speak to PCT conditions.
For trips where I don't expect to sleep on snow I now use a 3/4 length Ridge
Rest. I find it comfortable enough if I sleep on my back, but if I try to
sleep on my side my arm falls asleep. I tried it on snow once (in my back
yard) and found that it just didn't provide enough insulation. When I threw
an additional 3/8" foam pad underneath it was fine. Perhaps "extra" clothes
would do as well in a pinch. Or do like Ray Jardine and find some nice duff
below the snow line.
I didn't find the Z-Rest as comfortable. I suspect that I just weigh too
much for it, and that the pad just collapsed under me. I'm 6'2" and weigh
about 200 lbs.
Cascade Designs publishes the R-values for all of their pads on their web
2.7-3.5 "litefoam mattresses"
3.0 - 4.6 "standard" mattresses
Closed Cell Pads
3.1 Ridge Rest "deluxe"
2.6 Ridge Rest
The "Ridge Rest Deluxe" is suprisingly comfortable and quite light for a
full length mattress (18 oz.) but is bulky. I estimate that cutting it down
to 48" would reduce the weight to 12 oz. and would help with the bulk. If
you want a closed cell pad, but decide you need more resilience than the
regular Z-Rest and Ridge Rest give you, you might take a look at the "Ridge
-- Jim Mayer
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Anyone else have any opinions?
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