Therm-A-Rest sleeping pad

8:58 p.m. on March 1, 2007 (EST)
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I know that it is proper procedure to keep a sleeping bag unstuffed when not in use, is this also true of a sleeping pad? Is it best to keep it unrolled/unfolded?

9:36 a.m. on March 2, 2007 (EST)
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Self-inflating sleeping pads should be stored flat, with the valve open. That helps the foam inside to "remember" the flat position and to self-inflate more quickly the next time you use it. Leaving the valve open also allows any moisture inside the pad (from breathing to inflate it) to escape.

11:41 a.m. on March 2, 2007 (EST)
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Thanks!

10:38 p.m. on March 2, 2007 (EST)
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Dert,

If I remember correctly, the Therm-o-rest pads state in the directions to store open and inflated behind a couch or under a bed where they will not get squished.

I am lucky enough to have a gear closet and I keep all my gear in it with sleeping pads inflated with valves open and leaning up against the wall.

-John

11:33 p.m. on March 2, 2007 (EST)
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John, thanks for the input, but i have a small concern. (at least in my house) under the bed and behind couches are dust hotspots. Could this dust possibly enter through the open valve?

2:53 a.m. on March 3, 2007 (EST)
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Dert,

It should not be. The air is only moving in and out passively as the barometer changes. If you are worried about it, you can take a small piece of panthose or cheese cloth and secure it over the valve without occluding it. That will help to prevent some of the dust from getting in.

Also, I have a really fat pad that comes with two valves. I keep one closed and one open.

-John

10:52 a.m. on March 3, 2007 (EST)
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Thanks for the help, and my bag is not fat enough to justify two valves :P

11:14 a.m. on March 6, 2007 (EST)
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The other point with the dust question is that dust is usually falling down due to gravity. If you store the pad with the valve facing down, you won't see a lot of dust going into it. The pad will change volume ever so slightly with temperature changes, but this shouldn't introduce a lot of dust.

8:20 p.m. on March 7, 2007 (EST)
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Ah very helpful, thanks!

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