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How To Pick The Right Sleeping Pad For You (For Backpacking)? Follow Our 7-Point Checklist

This article is for anyone who is interested in inflatable ultralight/lightweight sleeping pad for backpacking and/or lightweight travel. We will cover self-inflating sleeping pad in another article (coming soon). Here is our 7-point checklist: weight, size, comfort, inflation, durability, R-value, and price. Weight Every ounce counts when hiking through the mountain. We recommend a 1 lb (16 Oz, 454g) or less ultralight sleeping pad. For highly insulated sleeping pad (for cold weather), try to stay under 19 Oz. Size Size includes the inflated size, thickness, and the packed size. Usually you don't have much room in your backpack so pack size is very important. A good size is about the size of a 16 to 20 Oz water bottle. Once inflated, we...