Windcatcher Sleeping Pad - One Breath

11:40 a.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Something interesting I came across a few months back. Didn't see it in any other Gear Selection Topics.

A sleeping pad that inflates with one breath. I first saw it as part of a kickstarter campaign.  Quick inflation and deflation. 

R value of 1, 24 ounces, so a bit heavy for that weight, but pretty cool nonetheless! 

11:58 a.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Pretty interesting, thanks for sharing Daniel!

5:52 p.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Personally I like the idea of blowing somewhat drier air into my pad more than the saved breaths...but I could see a lot of folks being interested in this product...the weight isn't ridiculously heavy for hobbyist and casual backpackers...and I frequently hear complaints about how much air it takes to inflate sleeping-pads!

7:07 p.m. on May 20, 2014 (EDT)
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Dang. This literally weighs as much as two TAR XLite pads.

Comes down to, I guess:

Would you rather carry an extra pound?

Or would you rather huff-'n-puff your way to a fully-inflated pad?

Blowing up an inflatable sleeping pad is like drinking out of a juice box or licking a lollipop - there's just not a cool looking way to go about it.

I've begrudgingly accepted the lung-a-robics as a necessary evil.

And, really - unless this pad is CRAZY comfortable - there are so many other ways I'd want to spend that extra pound!

9:09 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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r value of 1? really? thats practically the same as no insulation lol. and 24oz to boot. Sorry, but no thank you. I cant see this being funded unless they are lucky or have a major redesign. Who cares if it blows up in 1 breath if its heavy and provides practically no insulation.

9:47 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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Oh yeah agreed, design is extremely cool, but the weight and r value make it a no go.  I'll huff'n'puff to save the weight!

9:57 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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I think one of the review core members has been assigned to test this.

11:06 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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We checked this pad out at OR last summer:

11:48 a.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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That R value makes it pointless to me

12:31 p.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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It would be great at altitude...IF it had an R value and was not so danged heavy. 1 Puff would have been nice at 17,000 feet!

5:56 p.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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For just over 1 oz you can use the Instaflator with most mats :

6:46 p.m. on May 21, 2014 (EDT)
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It is important to remember that myself...and many of the members here on TS are not representative of all the folks who stay over-night outdoors. For most of my purposes the mattress would be unsuitable (particularly for backpacking)...but for a lot of folks (who only camp in the warmer months)...the R-value of the mattress is unimportant...and since a great many of them do not carry the mattresses on their backs (cars+canoes+kayaks+bikes+etc.) additional pound of weight is a negligible concern.

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