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Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby taylorbm » Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:55 pm

Kind of a random question but do any of you have a preference on horizontal vs. vertical baffles on your sleeping pad? I'm planning on buying a new pad here soon (mine is ~15yrs old without a baffling system) and would like to hear your thoughts/experiences regarding baffling orientation. I'm a side sleeper and, as such, vertical baffles concern me a bit.

Ultimately I may have to go down to REI and set a few up.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby Johnson » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:36 pm

Depending on what you are looking for with weight, I like the neoair. The vertical baffles on the insulated air core caused me problems when not used in conjunction with a Big Agnes bag and its integrated sleeve. My friend unclegar used his Big Agnes with the quilted baffles and said it worked well. If weight isn't an issue, that looks like a nice pad.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby GregMiller » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:36 pm

Definitely go to REI (or whatever other gear store works, but REI has them all) and try them out. And definitely let air out of them when trying them - REI likes to keep them fully inflated, which is not the best for sleeping on.

Personally, I have a Big Agnes (insulated air core) pad, with vertical baffles. When sleeping on my back it's great - it fully supports my back, and packs down quite nicely. However, every time I've tried side sleeping I've ended up losing feeling in my arm. I probably need to have it inflated differently for that, though.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby jsdratm » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:49 pm

Johnson wrote:Depending on what you are looking for with weight, I like the neoair. The vertical baffles on the insulated air core caused me problems when not used in conjunction with a Big Agnes bag and its integrated sleeve. My friend unclegar used his Big Agnes with the quilted baffles and said it worked well. If weight isn't an issue, that looks like a nice pad.


I'm also a fan of the neoair. It takes a bit of work to blow it up (especially at high altitude), but I can sleep on my side or back in total comfort. It packs light and has worked out really well for me. Next week I'll be using it for a five-night backpacking trip.

Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby forbins_mtn » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:33 pm

i sleep like a baby on my big agnes air core. i'm getting better sleep on my wilderness weekends than in my bed lately. hmmm......

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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:47 pm

forbins_mtn wrote:i sleep like a baby on my big agnes air core. i'm getting better sleep on my wilderness weekends than in my bed lately. hmmm......


Agree, however I have noticed (as have my camp-mates) that it's damn squeaky when you roll or adjust on it. Still I sleep better on it than any other pad I carry, except for the inflatable twin mattress that fits in the back of my Jeep.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby jdorje » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:51 pm

taylorbm wrote:I'm a side sleeper and, as such, vertical baffles concern me a bit.


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Postby shredthegnar10 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:51 am

jdorje wrote:
taylorbm wrote:I'm a side sleeper and, as such, vertical baffles concern me a bit.


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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby RoanMtnMan » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:15 am

jdorje wrote:
taylorbm wrote:I'm a side sleeper and, as such, vertical baffles concern me a bit.


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I enjoyed that as well.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby mtndude3737 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:01 am

I have slept on almost every version of the Thermarests, and done so in snow caves, bivy sacks, desert, and mountains. I sleep on my side and seem to be fine on the Thermarest. I like the compactness, light weight, ease of inflation, and decent comfort. Good insulation value too, depending on the model. Personally I don't like the thicker pads as I feel I am floating on the ocean....

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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby davebks » Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:28 am

I'd definitely try some out. I found that the big agnes pad was nice but I rolled off of it a lot. the tubes were too big for me.
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Re: Sleeping pad - horizontal vs. vertical baffles

Postby taylorbm » Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:24 pm

shredthegnar10 wrote:
jdorje wrote:
taylorbm wrote:I'm a side sleeper and, as such, vertical baffles concern me a bit.


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First world problem?


True true... but that same thought about the triviality of the question can be applied to nearly every single thread about gear.

Thanks for the input everyone - there are some good points I hadn't thought of
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