Originally Posted by dla
My point is that for a noob, looking for data to determine the Good, Better, and Best pad system is a waste of time. It's a total crap shoot.
Or am I wrong?
Maybe. Partly. Mostly?
A pad is one part of a sleep system
. And in that system, when one part changes, the entire system performs differently. Comparisons of pads only come close to working when all (or virtually all) of the other system parts are as close to being the same as can be. And even then there are the uncontrollable variables of 'how' the hanger sleeps, what the weather and climate is like during the hang (temp, wind, humidity, etc.), the condition of the hanger (well fed, hydrated, rested, etc.), and on and on.
IMO, the three biggies of a sleep system are under insulation, sleeping bags/quilts, and sleepwear. Comparing pads, without also describing the rest of the system, doesn't do much for someone looking for specific details and help. A good post should either describe the sleep system or at least qualify the statements with a, 'in my system', caveat. A fourth sleep system biggie, shelter, may be assumed to be fairly constant here in the hammock forum but it'd probably be helpful to name the hammock model too.
I'm one of those that love my ¼" Evazote pad. I'm also one of those that find it perfectly comfortable down to the low/mid-20's...in my system
. Why do I love it so? It weighs 7oz and cost less than $25 (Oware)...and I've never tried anything else.