Gear Review: Sea To Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad
MSRP: $129.95 – $149.95
Weight: 16.9 oz (size small)
Material: 40-denier ripstop nylon face fabric
Height: 2 inches
I’ve been in the market for a sleeping pad to use on my weekend hiking trips in the Whites, but wasn’t sure what would be my best fit. I had used a friend’s foam pad before, and I wasn’t so keen on the comfort level it provided. This sleeping pad, was quite a different experience.
The Ultralight Insulated Air Mat is made to last and keep you comfortable. It’s designed to for use in multiple seasons. There are lighter pads on the market, but given it’s durability and insulation, it’s not a back breaker either.
Circumstance of Use:
On a weekend backpacking trip in New Hampshire, this sleeping pad was put to good use. The first night I set up my tent on a tent platform, and laid my pad on the wood. The second night I set up my tent on the ground, away from any rocks or sharp objects and used the pad on the ground.
Antimicrobial treatment: This treatment is used to get rid of any air that could get trapped inside the mat due to moist or humid conditions.
Stuff sack included: The stuff sack that this mat comes equipped with also doubles as a pump. It comes with its own personal repair kit as well, which is super handy to have in case of an accident. This was quite an added bonus.
Lightweight: This mat proves that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for weight. It’s light, and still maintains its comfort. It’s easy to pack up and fit into your pack.
Easy storage: In my pack, this mat fits with ease and doesn’t take up too much room. It rolls up into a stuff sack that comes with the pad, and it’s super convenient and hassle free.
Multi-season use: This pad can be used for 2.5 seasons. I am super stoked to try out this mat during the cooler months as well. Its durability seems to be maintainable and proves to be able to weather any type of sleeping conditions.
Durability: It is durable. The mat itself doesn’t appear to be flimsy or easily tarnished. It gives me a vibe that it’s well made, and won’t break on me.
Setup: It’s a bit difficult to blow up when first opening it. I had to look at the directions, then YouTube a tutorial on how to blow it up properly. I’m new to using this kind of sleeping pad, so it may just be me!
I’d absolutely recommend purchasing this sleeping pad if you’re in the market for one. It’s comfortable, light, and easy to store. I had trouble picking out a pad to bring on my camping trips and now I think I’ve finally found my match!
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