Having recently purchased the Gossamer Gear 1/4" wide pad, I have been struck with the sheer size of the beast. Light as a feather but HUGE!!
Apart from trimming the length way down, what is the best width - the best compromise between bulk and warmth that you all have experienced?
Just FYI: I have been using a ccf pad with a SPE (only one set of wings down into the 20's) and have never used the second set as it usually just folded over and fell on my head (warm but annoying). I have never needed to double up pads and do not need a UQ, yet .
That puts the width at about 28-30".
I was actually going to cut out the baffles in the SPE to allow for a 30" wide pad to be inserted, but didn't want to ruin it just yet (more slippery that way - the GG pad has the "grip of death" on everything and remember reading a post where the user complained about the "tacky-ness" of it)
My main reason for purchasing this pad was specifically to limit bulk while maximizing warmth and ease of use. UQ are out for me until I can actually try one and be converted. In my mind the cons far outweigh the pros (weight, bulk, price and needed care and prevention with condensation/humidity/wetness issues.) With a couple of practice runs I have become pretty darn good at using the pads and have not been cold in the high teens.
Being a bit of a gear head I am most definitively open to testing/changing/converting though!!
Anyways, back to the post:
I'd like to trim off as much as possible, but with the price of the pad (32$ delivered), I will assume the "ask first, cut later" choice of action.