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10-10-2017 10:34 PM
Goodwrench708
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Originally Posted by roundhouse View Post
bingo. maybe if you had 3 of them it would be comfortable?
When I was in...Uncle Sam didnít care about our comfort...lol
10-10-2017 09:43 PM
roundhouse
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Originally Posted by Goodwrench708 View Post
They really weren't designed for padding. They are designed to insulate from the colder ground.
Works good for that
bingo. maybe if you had 3 of them it would be comfortable?
10-09-2017 08:07 PM
cmb I use a thermarest pro light sleeping pad since its lightweight and packs small. I dont think I would want to go with anything larger or heavier than this.
10-08-2017 11:50 PM
bunkerbuster I have a couple older PU service trucks & a couple dump trucks that don't have headliners in them. I measured & cut to size a few of the mil/sup ground mats I have & used 3M spray adhesive to secure the mats in place as headliners. Have also cut the same to size as extra seat cushion in the dump trucks. Didn't look bad & worked really well.
10-08-2017 10:56 AM
cmb I really like my sea to summit spark sleeping bag. the thing can fit into a bag the size of 12oz soda can and is super light.
10-08-2017 10:40 AM
FrankWhite134 I use them for shooting mats at static ranges, and in my hammock when it's below 50. I don't sleep on the ground anymore than I have to.
10-04-2017 10:39 AM
AlgoRhythms
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Originally Posted by IC_Rafe View Post
For better effect on really cold nights (not happened yet here): put your CCF mat on top of the air mattress. Just for the reason you state, CCF insulates a lot better than air. You want the best insulation nearest your body.
You're right! Good point. Thanks for adding it to the discussion.
10-04-2017 10:33 AM
IC_Rafe
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Originally Posted by AlgoRhythms View Post
I carry a Big Agnes air mattress in the summer. Its comfortable, lightweight and small.

In colder weather I additionally carry a USMC green closed cell sleeping pad which goes under the air mattress. Using the air mattress alone when the ground is cold isn't enough to keep warm. An air mattress provides very little insulation from the conductive cold ground.

The combination of the two is hard to beat.
For better effect on really cold nights (not happened yet here): put your CCF mat on top of the air mattress. Just for the reason you state, CCF insulates a lot better than air. You want the best insulation nearest your body.
10-04-2017 10:07 AM
AlgoRhythms I carry a Big Agnes air mattress in the summer. Its comfortable, lightweight and small.

In colder weather I additionally carry a USMC green closed cell sleeping pad which goes under the air mattress. Using the air mattress alone when the ground is cold isn't enough to keep warm. An air mattress provides very little insulation from the conductive cold ground.

The combination of the two is hard to beat.
10-04-2017 09:30 AM
KittySlayer
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Originally Posted by momilitia1 View Post
...ended up with an inflatable insulated pad from big agnes. It weighs next to nothing, it packs about the size of a coke can.

Yes, I have to blow it up, but it does not take long at all. overall thickness is about 3 to 3.5 inches.
Big Agnes for the win!

Do not underestimate the value of a good nights sleep. I am a side sleeper and Big Agnes works great for comfort. My buddy has a bad back and the Big Agnes works for him too.
10-03-2017 11:55 PM
bdcochran Thank you for reminding me. I ordered two more. What?

I have to do an hour of exercises, every day of the week, outdoors. The pads last at least three years. My exercises are ground exercises, done either face down or on my back. So, the pad is left outdoors, year round.
10-01-2017 10:19 AM
Bajatacoma
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Originally Posted by HeavyHauler View Post
I use pine boughs and moss in summer, pine boughs in winter.

Works fine in colder climates or after the first freeze, not so well in the south though- chiggers make life miserable.

The military pads are better than nothing but there are a lot better alternatives available on the recreational market. I still use a Therma-rest RidgeRest or one of the inflatable models when truck camping.
10-01-2017 12:53 AM
Wagion They make good dog beds
09-26-2017 01:05 AM
Gnepig Quote:
"How good are military surplus sleeping pads?"


They are good for a ground cover for your yoga matt or other type matt that's it.
Tho the mil-surp pad is lighter than my exercise/yoga matt and is better than sleeping on the ground but not by much.

I currently rock the Klymit Static V.

It's light, inflates/deflates fast, pretty comfortable and packs small.

.
09-20-2017 06:10 PM
богдан
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Originally Posted by kev View Post
Not the inflatable, but the military surplus foam sleeping pads, how good are they?

I have several self-inflating sleeping pads, but to reduce weight and to make setting up camp faster, or faster taking down camp, I was looking at some of the foam sleeping pads on Ebay.

alleghenyoutlet has some sleeping pads for $5.90 + $12.76 shipping.

I thought about ordering one just to try it out.

So, are they any good?
for insultation they are good for comfort they are not. that said the army uses thermarest inflatable sleeping pads now a lot more comfortable
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Originally Posted by ROCK6 View Post
Interesting. I'm working with a predominantly German unit, I'll have to ask

ROCK6
they are not that great they work but are not exactly comfortable. if you rock a BW rucksack they double as the internal support for the pack

if you want kinda an idea bout em heres the best vid I could find quickly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt73607Z-_g
09-20-2017 05:58 PM
momilitia1 I have used many pads over the years. I started out with the green GI, went to self inflating, and ended up with an inflatable insulated pad from big agnes. It weighs next to nothing, it packs about the size of a coke can.

It is insulated enough to keep the cold off me, and comfort can be adjusted by changing pressure. My sleeping bag has a pouch in it where the pad slides in. That way I don't slip off it.

I have used this pad down to 10 below and it works great.

Yes, I have to blow it up, but it does not take long at all. overall thickness is about 3 to 3.5 inches.
09-20-2017 10:44 AM
Inazone I started out with an Army surplus pad, switched to a self-inflating one that didn't really like to inflate, and more recently with one (I forget the brand) that is like the Army pad but made of a somewhat different material. It worked great on a fall camping trip in northern Minnesota about this time last year, and I'm taking it on another trip in a couple of weeks. I do also bring a "sport tarp" to put under the tent, so that helps.
09-19-2017 09:11 PM
KLF
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Originally Posted by ROCK6 View Post
Interesting. I'm working with a predominantly German unit, I'll have to ask

ROCK6
Here is some pictures of the german one:
https://www.varusteleka.com/en/produ...t-surplus/1062

This is said to be pretty nice too:
https://www.varusteleka.com/en/produ...ping-mat/17334
09-19-2017 11:39 AM
ROCK6
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Originally Posted by Captain Jack View Post
If you can get your hands on one, the Bundeswehr "German Army" Sleeping Pad folds up and can be used as a back rest, sitting pad and cushions the back of your kit bag. Worth a punt.
Interesting. I'm working with a predominantly German unit, I'll have to ask

ROCK6
09-19-2017 09:22 AM
Captain Jack If you can get your hands on one, the Bundeswehr "German Army" Sleeping Pad folds up and can be used as a back rest, sitting pad and cushions the back of your kit bag. Worth a punt.
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