Wenzel Camp Pad
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (My son won it in Cub Scouts)
An ultra-light (7oz) , minimalist sleeping pad that surprised me with both its quality and its price ($12).
- Rolls down fairly well.
- Thin (compared to air mats)
- Elastic straps are worthless
Anyone seeking to move into ultralight camping or simply lighten their pack load should seriously consider buying this inexpensive little gem of a sleeping pad. If after spending $12-$14 you don't like it, you won't feel buyer's remorse.
First off, I would have never bought one of these on my own. Every pad I've ever used says "Therm A Rest" on it. When my son won one of these in Cub Scouts about a year ago, my first thought was, "Groan...ANOTHER sleeping pad. How many do we need in this family!" Then I threw it into my hammock to try it out—and my son has never seen it since (You can definitely use it on the ground as well—that is what it was designed for.)
Because it's wider (24"), it doesn't move around as much (any pad is going to move in a hammock—a little bit of silicon spread along the bottom side reduces this.). Plus it gives you more coverage in your shoulders...a notorious cold spot in hammock hanging.
I later cut it down from a full-size pad to a 3/4 pad (50") and ditched the elastic straps (worthless—stretch out quickly) to reduce weight further. On the ground, I stick my pack under my feet. In the hammock, I put my feet on a stuff sack with a few clothes in it.
I put this on a postal scale at work. My shortened 24" x 50" pad weighs in at 6.9 ounces and costs $12 off the shelf at my local Gander Mountain (It's slightly higher online for some reason.).
As a point of comparison, my Therm-a-Rest Z Lite is 20" x 51", weighs 10oz and costs $40.
At a time when "Ultralight" gear is synonymous with higher prices, this is an overlooked steal of a deal.
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- Lightweight, durable and comfortable camp pad keeps cold and dampness away from body and will not absorb water
- Adds extra insulation and protects sleeping bag
- Cleans easily with damp cloth
- Elastic tie bands for convenient bundling and storing
- EVA additive for extra soft surface and additional resiliency
- Ideal for camping, hiking, mountaineering, exercising and picnics