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    +1 on the Luxury Lite cot. The pack smaller than an air mattress and for me they are more comfortable. A thin self inflating mattress and the cot is even better.
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    Exped's the bomb

    Polar,

    Glad you're on your way with your new mattress. If it doesn't work out, try the mattress that most high altitude mountaineers and guides take with them as they age....which tells you how good this thing is in the warmth to weight to space ratio department:

    Exped Downmat (NOT Synmat, which is the only Exped product now sold at REI)
    weighs about 1.2 kg which is about 2.5 pounds
    inflates to about 3.5 inches of high quality down-filled dead air space beneath your sleeping bag
    insulation rating is 8; my Thermarest Neolite is rated half as warm, at 4 times warmer than sleeping on the ground.
    Costs about $200

    I'm still getting by on my Neolite, which is all I can really afford to carry in my pack, but I can see the day coming fast when I'll want an Exped Downmat--and I can't see a reason why not to bring it aboard the moto.

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    The Exped is the most comfortable. Own Thermorest, hammocks, foams etc. won't leave home w/o the Exped.

    Quote Originally Posted by leaveword View Post
    Polar,

    Glad you're on your way with your new mattress. If it doesn't work out, try the mattress that most high altitude mountaineers and guides take with them as they age....which tells you how good this thing is in the warmth to weight to space ratio department:

    Exped Downmat (NOT Synmat, which is the only Exped product now sold at REI)
    weighs about 1.2 kg which is about 2.5 pounds
    inflates to about 3.5 inches of high quality down-filled dead air space beneath your sleeping bag
    insulation rating is 8; my Thermarest Neolite is rated half as warm, at 4 times warmer than sleeping on the ground.
    Costs about $200

    I'm still getting by on my Neolite, which is all I can really afford to carry in my pack, but I can see the day coming fast when I'll want an Exped Downmat--and I can't see a reason why not to bring it aboard the moto.

    LW

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikerjms View Post
    The Exped is the most comfortable. Own Thermorest, hammocks, foams etc. won't leave home w/o the Exped.
    +1

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    I went the other way

    I bought an REI 1.75" self-inflating pad because I didn't want to have to blow up the BA mattress. Then I got the BA Pumphouse stuffsack/waterbag/pump bellows - basically a stuffsack that has a nipple at the bottom that fits over the BA Mattress valve. By opening it and squeezing between my knees I can fill up my new BA Air Core mattress in under a minute.

    You mentioned the 3.5" pad you bought can fit the BA stuffsack - do you happen to have the model/maker? In my neverending quest for comfort I'd be very interested in looking at that myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleHowie View Post
    Randy-

    Not to rain on your parade, but I'd check out that REI mattress by sleeping on it at home a couple of nights before you take it on the road.

    I had two of them that I bought on clearance from REI a couple of years ago. One leaked right away, the other lasted several minutes before leaking.

    I went back to my old Therm-a-Rest, which has several years under its belt- with no leaks!

    I sincerely wish you well with the REI mattress, and I hope it holds up for you for years to come. I liked everything about the two I bought, except their inability to hold air!
    Therm-A-Rest makes the REI-brand self-inflating mattresses.
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    Question REI mattresses made by Therm-a-Rest?

    Quote Originally Posted by OfficerImpersonator View Post
    Therm-A-Rest makes the REI-brand self-inflating mattresses.
    Perhaps only some of them are, or are they perhaps made in a different facility?

    The REI-branded mattresses I bought were made in China, according to their packaging.

    The Therm-a-Rest mattresses I've looked at, including the four at my house, are all made in USA. I figured the REI-branded mattresses would have been made by someone else, as they were from China.

    The REI-branded mattresses I'm looking at on the REI site all say they're "Imported."
    http://www.rei.com/product/778152
    http://www.rei.com/product/778150
    http://www.rei.com/product/778148
    http://www.rei.com/product/778146
    http://www.rei.com/product/794877
    http://www.rei.com/product/778155

    The Therm-a-Rest mattresses I glanced at on the REI site all appeared to be made in USA.
    http://www.rei.com/product/797485
    http://www.rei.com/product/797491
    http://www.rei.com/product/780992
    http://www.rei.com/product/780988
    http://www.rei.com/product/810371
    http://www.rei.com/product/810372
    http://www.rei.com/product/780996
    http://www.rei.com/product/797494
    http://www.rei.com/product/780990
    http://www.rei.com/product/810398
    http://www.rei.com/product/810401
    http://www.rei.com/product/781096
    http://www.rei.com/product/810375

    If Therm-a-Rest is making the current REI-branded mattresses, and they're being made in USA (which you didn't allege), I might have to take another look at them!
    Last edited by UncleHowie; 03-08-2011 at 10:27 PM.

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    I compared the Thermarest 3/4 1.75" pad next to the REI when I was first shopping to replace my old Thermarest, the only difference I could tell was a little different kind of anti-slide covering and an added pair of cinch straps with the REI. Also, the REI brand is a half the price and comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee .

    That said, the BA Air Core/Pumphouse mattress combo has both beat by a mile in terms of comfort and packability. Rolls up easier too.
    Ted
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