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    I'm curious what people use who are pulling sleds (vs. snowmobiling, or car camping) for insulation. When cold camping, I always used a full-length Ridgerest and standard (1.5") ThermaRest. The ThermaRest is gone; I still have the Ridgerest. When trying out my Snowtrekker Basecamp for the first time I used the Ridgerest and an Ultralight Thermarest (1" ), but the latter slid around too much. I have one of the really old, blue closed-cell foam pads, and am thinking about using that with the Ridgerest. But I'm open to ideas, and very interested in what other people use when pulling a sled. I live in Minnesota, and go the BWCA for winter camping, so it's typically on the cool side. Thanks!

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    I use 2 old-style thermarests, a full length and a short, and a full length closed cell foam pad on the bottom. The three pads are strapped together. The short thermarest doubles as a chair in one of the chair pockets they used to make.

    I have tried air pads like the Neo Air, but they circulate the interior air when you move, making them cold. The two thermarests provide adequate padding for my old bones.



    • #3
      I've got an old Army surplus CCF pad that's 24" wide. That goes down first and then I place my 2" thick Therma-Rest that's 20" wide on top of the CCF pad.. Between the two, I may wake up from time to time to roll over but it seems to work for me. Like everything else, your mileage may vary.

      That's all for now. Take care and until next well.



      • hurricanebob
        hurricanebob commented
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        Snapper, that's similar to what I used to do, only with a Standard Long ThermaRest. It did work well.

    • #4
      For pure comfort I would recommend the thermarest Mondoking 3d. it's extremely warm too.
      For pack size and decent comfort and warm Exped downmat 8R would be my second choice.


      • #5
        after years of experimentation, what works for me is a snow bench with a piece of waxed canvas on it followed by a 32' wide section of thermofoil (2- 16" taped with foil duct tape to make a hinge) topped with a 1 1/2" kelty pad of indeterminate age. The bench gets you up off the ground, the canvas is far less slippery than a plastic tarp, and the thermofoil (reflectix) adds about R4 while being wide enough that that arm that invariably snakes out in the night can rest on it instead of bare snow...