Price Paid: $70
The Expedition pad offers a good balance between thickness and weight. I'd rather carry a few more ounces if it will make me more comfortable.
However, I'm mostly a side sleeper. I have found that there's not enough between the ground and my hip with this pad. I end up waking up, rolling over, and going back to sleep several times a night.
If you're a side sleeper, you might want to keep this in mind.
Price Paid: $49
Bought this to replace a foam pad I have used in the shelters on the AT for a number of years. It really takes the stiff out of the wooden beds in the Smokies. I got the short version for the summer months when comfort and light weight is more important. I will certainly get the longer pad for the winter to insulate my entire sleep system from the snow.
Price Paid: $70
So far so good. It's very comfy, but don't over-inflate. I've found that if you let it fill up for quite a while, you actually might want to let some of the air out before you sleep, because it may be too firm. I suppose it depends on your preference. Very warm, too. Give it a go.
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Description of Therm-a-Rest Expedition Air Mattress - Short The best combination of comfort and compactness is all wrapped up in the Therm-a-Rest Expedition Air Mattress.A versatile air mattress, the Thermarest is ideal for extra comfort in the car or campground.Features:Uses: Can be used for all types of camping and backpacking. All-Purpose: Versatile enough for backpacking or car camping. Warm: Extra-thick for increased warmth and comfort. Lightweight: New die-cut foam reduces weight and pack size. Weight: 2lbs. 15oz. (1330g)Dimension: 25x77x1.75in. (63x196x4cm)
- US Outdoor Store
On Sale. Free Shipping. Therm-A-Rest Expedition Sleeping Pad (Fall 2005) The best combination of comfort and compactness. All-Purpose Versatile enough for backpacking or car camping. Warm Extra-thick for increased warmth and comfort. Lightweight New die-cut foam reduces weight and pack size. Uses Can be used for all types of camping and backpacking. R-Valve 4.4 Thickness 1.75in. (4.4cm)Small Weight 1lb. 8oz. (680g) Rolled Size 21x3.5in. (53x9cm)Regular Weight 2lbs. 4oz. (1025g) Rolled Size 21x4.3in. (53x11cm)Large Weight 2lbs.15oz. (1330g) Rolled Size 26x4.6in. (66x12cm)
The Therm-a-Rest Expedition is todays standard for the all-around self-inflating mattress. Providing an optimal combination of comfort, warmth, and weight, the Expedition mattress is best suited to those who split their time between comfortable car camping and week-long backpack trips.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Therm-A-Rest Expedition camping mattress offers the best combination of comfort and compactness. The Expedition is versatile enough to be used for everything from car camping to a backpacking trip through the Wind River Range. The 1.75" open cell foam padding is the thickest available in the Therm-A-Rest Trek and Travel Series, but a new die-cut foam design helps reduce the rolled volume and weight, making it a better choice than the original Therm-A-Rest Standard mattress.