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Old 09-13-2012, 09:08 PM
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I was thinking of getting a Big Agnes Lost Ranger. I understand that the bottom of the bag does not have much or any loft but instead it has a slot you put the sleeping pad in.

-What kind of sleeping pads would be good for this type for sleeping bag?

I know a lot of people like the Air Sleeping pads but I try to avoid them for fear of puncturing them on the job (then I'd be screwed). I work in the forest.

I was thinking of getting a foam pad (it can take some abuse), the ALPS Mountaineering Foam Pad. I'm just not sure if it would keep the earth from taking my body heat.

-Any advice on foam pads that might do the job?
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I believe they take the "thermarest" pads. I have used one for a few years with no problems. But, you can get a patch/repair kit for them too.

I have the "pro-lite" nice pad, under 2lbs.
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The BA system works depending on how you sleep. I have the Lost Ranger, which is NOT insulated on the bottom, but has a sleeve that you insert your insulated pad into, works well for people who sleep like a mummy and are very stationary... very confining. I, on the other hand, am a thrasher, the system was too confining, so i ended up just throwing my bag over me like a quilt.

The system is very warm, but if you move around, stick with a quilt or full bag setup. I must say the BA Insulated Air Core mattress (which is was designed for) was AWESOME for snowcaving!

AAARRGH- computer hiccup....any ensolite, thermarest, etc will work.

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I have the lost ranger as well. I have the insulated inflatable pad that goes in the sleeve. I'm a big fan of things that are extremely reliable. My concern with this setup is that if the pad develops a leak you're going to be SOL sleeping on the ground with no insulation on the bottom. For that very reason if I were to do it over I would get a bag that was insulated top and bottom. It is nice however to not slide off the sleeping pad during the night.
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I killed my AirCore after 6 years of hard use... actually failed at the valve.
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I'm going to try and find a 4 season, closed cell foam pad. I don't mind sleeping on flat ground as long as there are no rocks beneath me I'm fine.

Thanks for the information.
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