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…
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 Comfort6 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…
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad: lightweight luxury11 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.7 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 Shootout43 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.
Sleeping Pads for Bike Touring: A Superlight Option for Side Sleepers9 Sep 17 Logan Watts / gear
I’m a die-hard side sleeper, and no spring chicken, so a wafer thin Thermarest mat isn’t an option. After a long ride, fully loaded, having a fairly thick and plush pad is a must, no matter the weight penalty. And now you don’t have to have carry a 2 pound gigantic bundle in order to be comfortable…