Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat All Out Lite
Price Paid: $83
Big Shock!! I prefer this to the Therm-a-rest ProLite 4 (Reg size) and ProLite 3 Short (both of which I own or have owned).
It is a good value in that the stuff sack and repair kit were included in the initial price. Quality is on par with any Therm-a-rest mat I have owned.
The top reason I liked this mat was the side tubes. They look a bit out of the ordinary at first, but they work great. They really do keep you from rolling off the mat, which is a problem I have had with all other self-inflaters I have used, being a pretty big guy (6'2" 225lbs). The side tubes are synthetic filled (like Big Agnes mats) so they also roll up nice and small, but you still have the foam underneath for firmness where you need it.
There is a thicker version of this mat available for cold weather but I like how small and light this one rolls up. I think this would get most people through 3 seasons. My hip doesn't bottom out when I roll on my side.
All in all, I found this to be more comfortable than the ProLite 3, and it's about 30g lighter for those of you who are drilling holes in your toothbrush handles.
I would especially recommend this to side-sleepers who roll about in their sleep, as that is when the tubes really work best.
Price Paid: about $40
Very good pad for the price. Comes with stuff sack, velcro cinching strap, and repair kit. I have two. Perfect for backpacking, since it is lightweight and packs down so small.
I like the higher side rails. They make the pad feel wider than it actually is, and help keep you from slipping off the edge. Even though it's only 1 inch thick I find it to be very comfortable and warm for 3 season use. Although it's categorized as a self-inflating pad, I find I have to use quite a bit of lung power to get it fully inflated. I think the updated model is called Peak Oyl Aero pad.
Price Paid: $50
This mat is amazing. I didn't want to spend the serious cash the high end Therm-a-Rests cost and I had a $25 gift card at REI so I only really paid about $50 for mine. I saw this pad with an included stuff sack, velcro compression strap, and a repair kit and was sold. When I finally got to lay on the pad it was amazing.
The bars of air on the sides keep you on the thing, even with the slippery ripstop material of today's newer sleeping bags. I can even lay on my side and my hip bones do not contact the ground. It's MAYBE 19 oz. max and it compresses way smaller than its stuff sack so you can put other soft items in there as well.
Overall a great pad that easily trumps the Therm-a-rest line and their extra $20-ish prices.
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Fast Free Shipping on orders over $50. The lightest 3 season full length self inflating sleeping pad is here!!!! This new redesign has its roots in the Maxlite series of yesteryear, with an air-core twist. The new air-core tubes keep you on the pad while complementing the weight shaving mummy shape. This pad sleeps like its 25" wide, but carries like a feather.
- Powderfin.com refers to the men's version
Description of Insul-Mat AO Lite 2/3 Sleeping Pad The lightest 3 season full length self inflating sleeping pad is here!!!! This new redesign has its roots in the Maxlite series of yesteryear, with an air-core twist. The new air-core tubes keep you on the
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
With one brilliant stroke, Pacific Outdoor Equipment solved two of the biggest sleeping pad problems: bulk in your pack and slippery sleeping surfaces. The All Out Lite Sleeping Pad is lightweight, compact, and offers some welcome traction. Insulated Air-Loft Thermo side rails border lightweight foam, helping to retain warmth while seriously shaving weight. Diamond ripstop fabric makes this three-season mat highly durable, and the sticky S-print surface keeps you from sliding around. Toss the AO Lite in your pack and forget about it, then slide it under your mummy sleeping bag for a slip-free, comfortable night's rest.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
The folks at Pacific Outdoor Equipment took a progressive approach to design with the AO-Lite to create one of the lightest three-season pads around! All Out series sleeping pads display excellent durability and insulative power while being extremely lightweight and packable. Air-Loft Thermo side rails offer weight-saving support and comfort. Lightweight and supportive fully die-cut foam is bonded to tough diamond-ripstop nylon to protect against abrasion, punctures and tears. Recycled aluminum valve provides reliable self-inflation and no-leak closure. DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish causes water to bead up and roll off. Anti-fungal treatment prevents fungus and bacteria from growing inside your pad. Sticky S-print on top of the pad keeps you from sliding off in the middle of the night. Stuff sack, VELCRO® brand closure strap and repair kit included.
- REI refers to the men's version