ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Regional forums > Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-06-2014, 08:42 AM   #4291
HBN OP
is car free
 
HBN's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA
Oddometer: 11,914
+1 Never used a thermarest myself but all my friends with them report good results. My pad packs to roughly the size of a nalgene bottle though.
__________________
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #4292
macaroni
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 668
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blixa View Post
Beautiful photos, ORexpat. Seems like a rider's paradise out there.

Question for the masses - do you have any recs for sleeping pads that are well-insulated, comfortable, and pack compactly for motorcycle camping? I'm looking to do Laurel Fork in April and I hear it can get pretty cold. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
I recommend going to REI and checking out their demo pads. They let you inflate, deflate, lay-on etc in the store so you can get a feel before you buy. They have a shit-ton of different sizes, shapes, and thickness. Therm-A-rest and Big Agnes are the top brands on the market and both are quality companies.

For my money, this is the pad: http://www.rei.com/product/829851/th...e-sleeping-pad

This is also pretty nice and a little easier on the wallet: http://www.rei.com/product/846690/bi...e-sleeping-pad
__________________
Tell someone you love them today, because life is short...but shout it at them in German because life is also terrifying and confusing.
macaroni is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 08:58 AM   #4293
HBN OP
is car free
 
HBN's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA
Oddometer: 11,914
Yeah I like my agnes but would vote for the insulated one over the uninsulated (I've had both). REI has a great selection of pads/stuffsacks and wonderful staff to help. REIoutlet.com has some killer deals if you find a good piece of kit on there that fits.
__________________
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 09:10 AM   #4294
macaroni
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 668
It's hard to beat the NeoAir in terms of weight, thickness, and insulation....assuming you can get past the cost
__________________
Tell someone you love them today, because life is short...but shout it at them in German because life is also terrifying and confusing.
macaroni is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 09:32 AM   #4295
DCrider
Live from THE Hill
 
DCrider's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 3,927
And remember, while you might find a product cheaper online or some other place, REI has a very liberal return policy, which includes returning it years later for virtually any reason, which is how you can get great deals at their attic sales.
__________________
ADV'ing from America's fine Crapital...
DCrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 09:50 AM   #4296
macaroni
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 668
Quote:
Originally Posted by DCrider View Post
And remember, while you might find a product cheaper online or some other place, REI has a very liberal return policy, which includes returning it years later for virtually any reason, which is how you can get great deals at their attic sales.
They've actually changed their return policy because too many people abused it.... It's still amazing and better than most places but one needs a better excuse now.
__________________
Tell someone you love them today, because life is short...but shout it at them in German because life is also terrifying and confusing.
macaroni is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 09:57 AM   #4297
DCrider
Live from THE Hill
 
DCrider's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Oddometer: 3,927
Quote:
Originally Posted by macaroni View Post
They've actually changed their return policy because too many people abused it.... It's still amazing and better than most places but one needs a better excuse now.
Yeah not surprising, it was way too liberal.
__________________
ADV'ing from America's fine Crapital...
DCrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 10:18 AM   #4298
HBN OP
is car free
 
HBN's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA
Oddometer: 11,914
LL Bean on the other hand still has a lifetime return policy. REI is only a year now but specific gear mfgr's have their own warranties (North Face, Marmot, Big Agnes, etc).
__________________
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 02:31 PM   #4299
SteelB12
Beastly Adventurer
 
SteelB12's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Prince William County, VA
Oddometer: 1,921
Who is riding tomorrow?? I will want to grab some Pho for lunch
__________________
2003 Suzuki Bandit 1200S
2009 KLR650
SteelB12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 03:27 PM   #4300
HBN OP
is car free
 
HBN's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA
Oddometer: 11,914
Out riding around tonight in layers. Little scooter is kicking ass slowly.



If be game for Pho75 in Arlington but I figure you'd hate coming in to the city.
__________________
Lost with Mike
Only those that go would know. - WayneJ
12' Ruckus, 01' R1150GS, 75' XL250
HBurgNinja - The Thread | HBN Boondocking the Nation | Beards to Canada
HBN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 04:50 PM   #4301
Blixa
Derelicte
 
Blixa's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
Oddometer: 599
Holy hell it's cold outside!!!

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful recommendations. I'll definitely check out REI. I practically live on the REI outlet site, but sadly it doesn't have much of a sleeping pad selection currently. I'll also take a look at L.L. Bean - forgot it existed. B/c I hear temps can get into the 20s at LF, I'm going to have to limit my selection to insulated pads. I'll see what Big Agnes and Thermarest have to offer. Thanks again!
__________________
Tiger 800 XC "Battle Cat"
Blixa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 05:01 PM   #4302
SteelB12
Beastly Adventurer
 
SteelB12's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Prince William County, VA
Oddometer: 1,921
Quote:
Originally Posted by HBN View Post
Out riding around tonight in layers. Little scooter is kicking ass slowly.



If be game for Pho75 in Arlington but I figure you'd hate coming in to the city.
You're nuts
__________________
2003 Suzuki Bandit 1200S
2009 KLR650
SteelB12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 05:37 PM   #4303
mattgoff
Adventurer
 
mattgoff's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2013
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Oddometer: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blixa View Post
Holy hell it's cold outside!!!

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful recommendations. I'll definitely check out REI. I practically live on the REI outlet site, but sadly it doesn't have much of a sleeping pad selection currently. I'll also take a look at L.L. Bean - forgot it existed. B/c I hear temps can get into the 20s at LF, I'm going to have to limit my selection to insulated pads. I'll see what Big Agnes and Thermarest have to offer. Thanks again!

If you decide to go that route I would encourage you to test the pad and Big Agnes combo. I have the Battle Mountain -15 and the Ranger? +15 Big Agnes and the original crinkly NeoAir along with the newer multiseason NeoAir. Long story short the non-Big Agnes pads can be a very snug fit with the Big Agnes bags, flattening and stretching side to side them in such a way that limits their potential comfort.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
mattgoff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 05:55 PM   #4304
Blixa
Derelicte
 
Blixa's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
Oddometer: 599
Quote:
Originally Posted by chxbchsailor View Post
If you decide to go that route I would encourage you to test the pad and Big Agnes combo. I have the Battle Mountain -15 and the Ranger? +15 Big Agnes and the original crinkly NeoAir along with the newer multiseason NeoAir. Long story short the non-Big Agnes pads can be a very snug fit with the Big Agnes bags, flattening and stretching side to side them in such a way that limits their potential comfort.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Good point. I'll make sure to try it all out first. Thanks!
__________________
Tiger 800 XC "Battle Cat"
Blixa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #4305
Creekgeek
Kustom User Title
 
Creekgeek's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2012
Location: So. MD
Oddometer: 474
Other point might be that I do not mind giving up a full length pad for 3/4 since I don't stretch out in the cold and would rather same the size... Your opinion may differ.
Creekgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 05:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014