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I'm having trouble pinning down which sleeping pad to invest in. I've done some car camping and have a big thick foam pad that is suitable for that. I want to start backpacking and maybe do some "kayak-packing" trips as well. I've read through the reviews posted here as well as looking for other gear reviews online. It hasn't helped me choose in one direction or another, especially as some of the pads that have intrigued me haven't had a review posted. I'm looking for a little more comfort - I seem to be a little more sensitive to the ground. I think I sleep a little warm. I've been looking at the Thermarest Prolite 4 Women's, POE's Ether Thermo 6 (did this used to be the Max Thermo??), POE's Eco Thermo 6 (like the eco philosophy behind it's development), Exped's Airmat 7, POE's AO-series (Lite and Mtn), and just don't know which way to go. I did go to REI and Kirkham's (local Utah gear shop) and laid on the Prolite 4, the Thermo 6, the Exped 7, the Eco Thermo 6...I wanted to try out the AO series, but neither place had a tester pad. The Prolite 4 seemed pretty good, though I wondered if I'd start to feel the ground as the night wore on. Both Thermo 6's and the Exped were really comfy, but I'm concerned about the durability of them being so much more "airy". Weight-wise I think all of these are in packable ranges...though I wish I could've tried the AO seris on for size and comfort...
Anyone out there that can help direct me one way or another based on what I've already mentioned and the fact I am pretty new to the backpacking world???
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