Which Sleeping Pad Should I Choose?

With so many brands and styles available, you may get overwhelmed with your sleeping pad choices. Outdoorsman Lab makes this easier for you.

 

Car camping: If you are camping out in a car, you are not limited by size and weight. Thicker self-inflating pads are good choices for car camping and can definitely keep you comfortable even if you are lying at the truck bed.

 

Backpacking: Use ultralight or self-inflating sleeping pads. The many brands available offer varying degrees of thickness, durability, insulation value, and weight, so it’s your comfort preferences that matter most.

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Bikepacking: Depending on how long your bike travel will be, an ultralight or self-inflating sleeping pad will suit you. Again, like a regular mattress, your comfort preferences (such as firmness) is the deciding factor.

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Kayak/Boating/Canoe: An ultralight sleeping pad takes less space on your bag and is light enough to transport on your kayak or canoe. If you are sleeping on a larger boat where you are not limited by size, a self-inflating sleeping pad is a good choice. 

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Minimalist backpacking: The lighter, the better. An ultralight sleeping pad is your pick. Many ultralight sleeping pads pack down as small as the average water bottle.

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Through-hiking: Being durable and lightweight are important on long-distance trails. An ultralight sleeping pad  that is both durable and comfortable will do wonders for the long haul.

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Winter camping: The lower the temperature, the higher the R-value. Camping on snow also requires more insulation, so self-inflating sleeping pads are the best choice to keep you off the cold ground. Self-inflating sleeping pads usually have higher R-values and are thicker than ultralight sleeping pads.  

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Your Outdoorsman Lab sleeping pad comes with a lifetime warranty.We’d be happy to process your warranty claim – it’s easy! Send us a message at service@outdoorsmanlab.com

Have other questions? Looking for some camping tips? Reach out to us at service@outdoorsmanlab.com.