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    Best mattress for DL Ridgerunner?

    I've tried the following:

    - Thermarest Neoair Xtherm (Large)
    - Sea To Summit Ether Light XT
    - Klymit Static V Luxe Insulated
    - Klymit Static V Luxe Insulated SL

    They all did ok, but I'm still searching for the -perfect- mattress for this use case.

    The main requirements for me:

    - Keeps the hammock as flat as possible
    - Has enough insulation to forego a downquilt most of the year
    - Isn't too noisy when shifting around
    - Large enough not to shift around inside the hammock (25-30" based on my experience)

    Would love to hear some opinions from fellow DL Ridgerunner users, especially on rectangular pads, which I haven't tried yet. Cheers!

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Exped ! I always find Exped pads to be really good. Baffles from head to toe.
    I have an Exped Downmat XP. Good to -35F. But not too hot at other times really.
    Worth a look. Not cheap.
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    Thanks Shug! Do you feel the pad press on your shoulders once you're on it? That was my main gripe with the Klymit 30": it tends to fold like a taco unless inflated to the very max.

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    Looking at the Downmat product line...very interesting...do you have any experience with the Synmat ones?

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjamin6264 View Post
    Looking at the Downmat product line...very interesting...do you have any experience with the Synmat ones?
    I don't but imagine that the quality is just as good as the down ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Exped ! I always find Exped pads to be really good. Baffles from head to toe.
    I have an Exped Downmat XP. Good to -35F. But not too hot at other times really.
    Worth a look. Not cheap.
    Shug
    Is the -35 on the ground or in the Ridgerunner?

    I ask because I found that a 3.2 r value in the Ridgerunner barely gets me to 40F.


    I, too am experimenting with various pads in the RR. Right now I have the S2S Etherlight XT Extreme and Thermarast NeoAir XTherm MAX both rectangle ... Just waiting for cold enough weather to give them an actual test.

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    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Countrybois View Post
    Is the -35 on the ground or in the Ridgerunner?

    I ask because I found that a 3.2 r value in the Ridgerunner barely gets me to 40F.


    I, too am experimenting with various pads in the RR. Right now I have the S2S Etherlight XT Extreme and Thermarast NeoAir XTherm MAX both rectangle ... Just waiting for cold enough weather to give them an actual test.

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    On the ground as per their website.

    More than likely lose a bit in the hammock since the pad is in the air.
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    Ive had good luck with an old Thermarest Base Camp in my DL Ridgerunner. I still like a UQ, though.


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    I have used the Nemo Tensor Insulated wide sleeping pad for quite a few years and really like it. It packs up small and has kept me warm all by itself down to around 30 degrees. I have also paired it up with a 20 degree UQ and was comfortable somewhere between 0-10 if memory serves (certainly didn't feel like I was pushing it. In terms of comforts it has been wonderful. I originally got the UQ with the idea that I would use that instead of a sleeping pad but found a sleeping pad way more comfortable in a double layer RR.

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    I must, with great sorrow, contradict Shug on the Exped pad issue; at least regarding the rest of the line he hasn't used yet.

    The Downmat is superb. The other pads are excellent on the ground, but when taken to air have an unfortunate and fatal flaw in that they DO NOT have any insulation in the outside chambers. I have the three season (orange) and Four season (red) in multiple sizes... None of them do well enough in a bridge to use. The rest of my family has generally been ground dwellers and the Exped used to be the only pads with an inflatable sack, so we enjoyed them fer that reason.

    I'm still a fan of the Hyperlight duo for a bigger bridge, but that taco's up on you in a good way or helped when I slept with a small kiddo. It did eventually fall victim to the Exped delamination after several years that occasionally happens to the Down mat.

    Now that Therma-rest has incorporated the pump sack compatible valve I'm back using those. The Xtherm gets me into the 20's/teens, but around there I struggle a bit with it in the air as zero approaches. That said- in a pinch you just take it to the ground and recover it's full insulating value. I still prefer these over the downmat for packsize and weight... but one day I'll own both.

    The rectangular xtherm is ideal in my opinion, but the Large size can work fine too.

    I'm not following how a 30" kylmit would fit in the pad sleeve of the RR, but of the budget pads I don't mind it in my bridges. It basically does what it says and works fine for lighter three season temps.

    Decent rule of thumb is just chop a full season off the pad for use in a bridge with the only serious exception being the downmat.

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