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    Best Pad For The RidgeRunner?

    ===> Just got my new RR, and have't even set it up yet. Wondering if you RR owners have experience/suggestions about pads used in the double layer? I use either. CCF or an inflatable pad (both 20" wide) in my Blackbirds, but just wondering if there is something different for the RR. I hang in some pretty cold weather, so I also got a Lynx UQ, but how about a pad for comfort and additional layer?

    What do you guys use?

    Thanks!

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    Senior Member mad goat's Avatar
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    I have had good luck with my exped pads.

    For most of the year, I use a synmat 7 UL LW. 77.5" long, 26 inches wide, 2.8" thick. It is good down to 25 deg. F. In warmer weather, I just deflate it a bit. It weighs in at 21oz, so it is a bit heavier than an underquilt, but it lets me go to ground with some measure of comfort.

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    I use a homemade pad made from Reflectix building insulation. It's full length, tapered from wide at shoulders to narrower at feet, and weighs 13 ounces. It folds up fairly compact and is good for temps down in the mid 50's which is good for 3-season use here in Georgia. I plan on getting a Lynx for winter use.

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    I used a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pad in mine a few times and it was really comfortable. I have heard the Neo-Air works well too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad goat View Post
    I have had good luck with my exped pads.

    For most of the year, I use a synmat 7 UL LW. 77.5" long, 26 inches wide, 2.8" thick. It is good down to 25 deg. F. In warmer weather, I just deflate it a bit. It weighs in at 21oz, so it is a bit heavier than an underquilt, but it lets me go to ground with some measure of comfort.
    I've used the same pad as Mad Goat with a RR no-net. One pleasant discovery was that it made the narrowest part of the hammock dovetail with the width of the pad. I was able to slip one or both knees out over the edge with comfort and ease. This is something to consider for people who have expressed difficulty in getting a nice comfortable fetal posture in a RR hammock.

    So the Exped Synmat UL LW is a winner, but I also have a NeoAir nearly the same size as the Exped. I am expecting equal or better comfort from that combo due to the lateral chamber construction. But I can not yet say for sure. Anyone else using the NeoAir with the RR?
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    I've used an old Therm-a-rest classic Camp Rest pad, and found it comfortable and very warm (in the summer; night temps around 50), in my RR.

    A downside to pads like this, I discovered the last morning, is that you eventually have to roll them up and squeeze out the air for this (the ExPed should be easier, I think). This becomes more difficult if there is no good flat surface to push against. A park's campsite table would be fine; even a tent with a floor would likely offer some prepared flat ground to push against. In the future, I may just get a UQ to avoid this.

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    deflating the exped

    Here is how I handle rolling up my air pad.

    While I am still in the hammock, I reach back and open the valve on my exped pad and give the hammock a good last waller around. This gets most of the air out of the exped pad. Then I get up and pull the mattress out of the sleeve and put it in the hammock and roll it up while it is lying in the hammock. Seems to work pretty good for me.

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    Best Pad For The RidgeRunner?

    Quote Originally Posted by mad goat View Post
    Here is how I handle rolling up my air pad.

    While I am still in the hammock, I reach back and open the valve on my exped pad and give the hammock a good last waller around. This gets most of the air out of the exped pad. Then I get up and pull the mattress out of the sleeve and put it in the hammock and roll it up while it is lying in the hammock. Seems to work pretty good for me.
    ===> Sounds like what I do when I use an inflatable in my BBs. Thanks!

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    SkyPainter - "... and then the police came."

    All these years people said,"He's acting like a kid!"
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    Live Purposefully; Dare Greatly; Land Gently

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    I use a Z lite sol between the layers. Its very lite, its comfortable, easy set up and provides plenty of extra warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceweaseal View Post
    I use a Z lite sol between the layers. Its very lite, its comfortable, easy set up and provides plenty of extra warmth.
    +1 on the z-lite. Because of the egg carton design, I find it traps condesation in the divots in the pad, and keeps it away from you in cold weather.

    Cheers

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