Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

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Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

Postby teapot57 » Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:24 am

I really don't need a 72" long sleeping pad, and having a shorter one would free up some space in my solo tent. Can anyone recommend a sleeping pad that is shorter than 72 inches, and preferably wider than 20 inches? I don't like rolling off a narrow pad.
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Re: Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

Postby joybird » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:11 pm

I use a Big Agnes Q-core SLX in the petite size (66" x 20"). One of the really nice things about the shorter length (in addition to less weight and a smaller packed size) is that I can lie my backpack flat at the foot of my tent without the pad getting in the way. No more problems with the pack pressing the tent wall out and potentially wicking moisture in!

As for the 20" width, the SLX has slightly larger tubes on the edges, so I rarely feel like I'm going to "fall off". If I'm feeling like I need a bit more room to "sprawl", I just pile my clothes or other gear alongside it and use that to support whatever part of me needs more room. I also usually backpack with a small inflatable pillow which I have sometimes used for that purpose as well.

On a related note: I also really like the "pump house" waterproof stuff sack that I got for it. I've used it for two seasons now and so far it is holding up nicely. Plenty large enough to hold my sleeping bag and blowing the pad up with it is much easier than getting dizzy doing it the old fashioned way. :roll:
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Re: Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

Postby teapot57 » Thu May 02, 2019 10:05 am

Thanks, Joybird!
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Re: Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

Postby teapot57 » Sun May 05, 2019 10:47 am

I just got a new sleeping pad last year, so instead of buying a new one, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After researching online and watching some videos, I cut :shock: my pad down in size and resealed it with an iron. My 25 x 72 Nemo Tensor Insulated is now 25 x 60. The seal seems to be holding but I am going to leave weight on it for a couple days as a test to be sure. To be safe, I made the new seam about a half inch wide, which is a lot wider than the factory seams. It was scary to make that first cut, but in the end the process was very easy! I practiced a few times on the scrap that I cut off.

Cutting off the length I don't need has a few benefits. It is now 3.2 ounces lighter, which is not much, but I'll take it. More importantly, the pad will now take up less room in my tent and pack, and be faster and easier to inflate.
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Re: Sleeping pads for the vertically challenged

Postby joybird » Tue May 07, 2019 8:41 pm

What a cool idea! I never would have thought of that. And even if I had, I doubt I’d have had the guts to try it. Yay you! 8)

Do let us know how it holds up!
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