Pacific Outdoor Equipment Traditional
Price Paid: $40
Therm-a-rest dominates the backpacking pad scene but I opted for the economical minimal investment of the POE Traditional. I picked it up brand new for $40 from the Frugal Backpacker store in Asheville, NC.
This pad is pretty heavy compared to some of its more expensive competitors. The foam, even when new, will take several hours to fully inflate the pad on its own, but when I get into camp I throw the pad out in the tent and let it go for 30-45 min while I make dinner, etc. By the time I'm ready to crawl in, I put in two or three breaths of air and the pad is firm.
I've used this pad, in combination with my 0º synthetic bag to take on 10-20º nights in the snow. It has no grippy material on top or bottom so it gets pretty slippery. It packs down pretty well and definitely has to be carried on the outside of your pack.
I cannot sleep on my side on this pad without getting a sore shoulder, it's not thick enough.
The reason I gave it a five star is because for the price you won't find a mat more durable, reliable, or warm. It would be nice to have a fancy expensive one, but for the budget oriented hiker give this mat a try. (Also check out the POE Ether 6 series for $20 more than this mat, it's as good or better than the Neo Air).
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Pacific Outdoor Equipment's Traditional pads offer solid value, superior performance and year round durability at a great price! Drilled manifolds at the head of the pad enhance inflation and deflation. The foam tapers from 2" at the head of the pad to 1" at the bottom, supplying insulation were needed and reducing it were it's not needed thus saving weight. Durable and dependable aluminum valve. Tough 70D polyester fabric resists abrasions and punctures. Thermal bonded construction for ultimate comfort.70 Denier Polyester fabric both top and bottom outer shell for strong protection against abrasions punctures and tears.Solid open cell foam for excellent cushion and insulation.Easy to use rugged aluminum valve.DWR Finish - Durable water repellent finish helps to protect from water and staining.Anti Fungal Treatment - Specially treated to prevent fungus and bacterial growth in the pad.Stuff Sack is included.Repair Kit is included and is NOT an extra purchase. Size: 20 in. x 48 in. x 2.0 in.Rolled Size: 4 in. x 21 in.Weight: 1 lbs. 9.5 oz.
Description of Pacific Outdoor Traditional Sleeping Pad RegularThe perfect sleeping pad for the serious backpacker or camper on a budget. Light enough to take to the end of the world, yet insulative enough for 4 season winter use. Priced so you dont have to eat Ramen noodles for a month to afford it. With four sizes this style is sure to fit your next trip. Built with tent floor tough 70 Denier Nylon. Just like the name says, Trad.FeaturesWedge cut foam puts more foam in the torso areaSize in. - 20 x 72 x 2.0Size cm. - 51 x 183 x 5.04 seasonPacked in. - 5.25 x 20Weight oz. - 38.5 oz.Weight g. - 1088 g.
- US Outdoor Store
With a weight saving mummy shape, the Pacific Outdoor Equipment Traditional Sleeping Pad features a wedge design and drilled manifolds for quicker inflation and deflation. A highly technical pad at a budget savvy price, this all season sleeping pad is ideal for backpackers, car campers, and everyday adventurers.
- Altrec Outdoors