Exped Sleeping Mats Overhauled for 20228 Feb 1 Miles Arbour / news
Exped’s line of sleeping mats just received a major overhaul, featuring new names, colors, packaging, and fabrics. Learn more about the new Exped Ultra, Dura, and Versa series here…
Exped AirMat HL and AirMat UL Review24 Sep 24 Miles Arbour / gear
Forever on the hunt for a better night’s sleep, Miles takes a closer look at the Exped AirMat UL and AirMat HL—one rectangular and long, the other tapered and more packable—to see which one he prefers. Find his thoughts on each here, along with photos and complete specs…
Sea to Summit UL Mats Get Airstream Pumpsack0 Nov 16 Logan Watts / news
To our surprise, one of our favorite sleeping mats now comes with a minimal pump bag integrated right into the stuff sack…
Klymit V Ultralite SL Review: Mouthful Not Handful18 Oct 15 Miles Arbour / gear
Klymit V Ultralite SL may not exactly roll of the tongue, but considering its weight, thickness, and pack size, you likely won’t care what it’s called. It’s the perfect example of an ultralight sleeping pad that doesn’t skimp on overall comfort. Best of all, Klymit manages all of this without hiking the price tag into astronomical realms. Here are our impressions after a summer and fall of bikepacking campouts…
NEMO Switchback Reinvents The Foam Sleeping Pad0 Aug 2 Logan Watts / news
Nemo equipment launches the Switchback, claiming the first innovation in closed cell foam sleeping pads in nearly two decades…
Big Agnes Rolls Out The AXL Air, Their Lightest Sleeping Pad Yet4 Feb 7 Logan Watts / news
Big Agnes has released their lightest and most compact sleeping pad yet, the AXL Air and Insulated AXL Air. With a new proprietary ripstop fabric, ‘The Mother of Comfort’ also claims they are 25% tougher…
Nemo Tensor Field Insulated Sleeping Pad Review: Tactical Comfort7 Dec 27 Miles Arbour / gear
We often pay a price for choosing the lightest and most compressible camping gear. Narrow and tapered, paper thin fabrics, and UL doesn’t always jive with heavier riders, those with broad shoulders, or those just looking for maximum comfort. Nemo’s new Tensor Field Insulated line of sleeping pads are incredibly plush, offer increased durability, and will definitely appeal to those venturing off the beaten path during the fall and winter months.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Max SV Sleeping Pad Review + Corus HD Quilt0 Nov 14 Joe Cruz / gear
Thermarest’s Corus HD Quilt and NeoAir Xlite Max SV mattress promise lightweight, packable, luxurious comfort. For six months, we put them to the test…
Rockgeist Releases Animalist Sleeping Pad and Gondola Seat Pack0 Aug 7 Logan Watts / news
Rockgeist just announced the Animalist, a featherlight sleeping pad with a bag that can be mounted to the handlebars. In addition, they re-released the Gondola dropper-post seat pack…
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad: lightweight luxury13 Jul 20 Cass Gilbert / gear
Big Agnes’ Q-Core SLX sleeping pad is one of the company’s lightest insulated pads to date. It’s also luxuriously thick. We take one to the desert Southwest and along the Colorado Trail to see how we sleep…
Sea to Summit Insulated Air Mat & Ember Eb1 Quilt review: A minimal sleep system.8 Sep 1 Cass Gilbert / gear
Treating your air mattress and sleeping bag as a complete system, rather than two separate entities, frees up a considerable amount of space on your bikepacking rig. It also helps trim back valuable weight. We head into the hills with Sea To Summit’s Ember Eb1 quilt and UltraLight Insulated Mattress, to find out if this lean setup is enough for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Ultralight Sleeping Pads for Bikepacking: The Inflatable Shootout42 Oct 6 Logan Watts / gear
If you’re reading this, you probably appreciate the benefits of a comfy sleeping pad after a long, hard day in the saddle. These days, they can take all shapes and forms, from simple foam mats to technology laden air affairs. For those who prefer to pamper their spines, here’s our thoughts on some of the best ultralight inflatable mattresses available.