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I am in the market for a new sleeping pad, am looking for something light weight, I have considered the follow pads:
Therm-a-Rest prolite 16oz
Therm-a-Rest z-lite 14oz
Therm-a-Rest Neo Air 14oz
Big Agnes Insulated Mummy Air Core 21oz
I currentyl have a 3/4 ridgerest that weighs 9oz, I am tired of my feet hanging off the edge it is particularly uncomfortable having no pad under your feet for winter camping.
As far as I'm concerned the z-lite if light and full proof as you don't risk getting a hole in it. My intended use for the pad is year round camping/ mountaineering, I am doing Mt. Rainier this summer.
My initial instinct was to spring for the $150 Neo Air, it being both lite a nd super comfortable, what is keeping me from buying it is that it takes a lot of effort to inflate, would like to know if anyone has purchased one of those, or the Big Agnes Air Core, and how did they like it and what did they think about having to blow the whole thing up.
With the new prolite matress weighing just 1lb I figured that would be a good compramise, in comfort price, and practicality. I have always used my ridge rest for coldweather camping and it has been fine other than it being 3/4 legnth, so I think the regular prolite, neo air, or z-lite would be warm enough for cold weather camping. The one other single issue with going with the neo air is that the $40 z-lite weighs just as much and it much cheaper, only the neo air is 10x more comfortable.