ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Air Pad
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broke after two uses.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I liked the sleeping pad upon arrival. First night was OK second night of backpacking trip noticed a huge bubble on pad, but still worked. second time camping pad only inflates with a huge bubble on one end.

Good for Car Camping. Not Lightweight.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought this for my youngest son for when we go car camping. I expected this to pack down much smaller. But it is pretty bulky. I have 4 other pads that will fold in half and roll up to the size of half gallon of milk. And there is really nothing lightweight about this, unless you are comparing it to a an actual air mattress. It will be good for car camping, but I will need something else for backpacking.

Love!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this. Use it for car camping and it's magical. Just a little more squish under me for a good night's sleep. I open the valve and let it self-inflate, add a couple big breaths for more firmness, and it never leaks. When I deflate, I roll it up once while kneeling on it to push all the air out, then open it back up and roll it tighter to get it to fit back in the bag. Haven't had any issues at all. Effortless to use, worth every penny.

Car Camping On a Budget

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this pad passed down to me when my older brother upgraded his sleeping set up and it's a good starter pad. Inflates and rolls up pretty easy but not super pack-able by any means. Something smaller and lighter weight is on my radar for longer backpacking trips but for an affordable and durable car camping pad this is a solid option.

No more hard ground

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a life saver really comfy inflates rather quick and keeps you off the cold ground is a little heavy but totally worth it.

Not bad, but not so light

    I've used this pad a few times. It is far more comfortable than the cheap foam pad it replaced. It does the job and seems well made. My only complaint is the weight. I ordered the regular size pad which weighs a shade over 2 pounds. As a hiker I do not consider that lightweight. Still I'm happy with it and do recommend it for car camping (perhaps not thick enough for this situation) or hiking on a strict budget where saved ounces aren't worth an extra 20 dollar bill.

    Great Car Camping Companion

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Quite frankly, I couldn't argue with the price of this snooze pad and while I do really, really love my Therm-a-Rest Prolite pad when backpacking, it doesn't exactly suit my needs when car camping - i.e. I wanted a little more cush underneath me. I actually bought two of these pads, and then picked up some coupler straps that allow me to rig the pads together and prevent the whole "crack-of-doom" situation that often happens when camping with two dogs and another person. For two people, the pads strapped together are pretty comfy. Albeit, I might pick up a third for the dogs so they can stop stealing my precious snooze space.

    In sum though, the Lightweight Air Series Pad abides! They're relatively lightweight and roll-up fairly well considering the fact that they're hefty car camping pads. They do self-inflate... however.... that leads me to my next point.

    So word to the wise, the pad will come wrapped in plastic, rather than its stuff sack (which it has, along with a repair kit). However, within the stuff sack are instructions on how exactly you should inflate this pad for the first time, which I strongly recommend following!

    Other than that, this pad is comfortable, easy-to-use and great for car camping.

    Comfy pad for car camping

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this to have something nicer than my backpacking pad when I'm pitching a tent within a ten-minute walk of a car. It's too bulky for me to want to take it into the back country, but it's perfect for car camping, and I've used it with overnight temps falling into the mid-20s. I found it to be sufficient insulation from the ground on that trip.

    Great for backpacking

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Awesome product. First time ever using a self inflating Air pad. It worked great just open it up let it roll out and in 30 mins its full. If you want it more firm give one breath and its full and firm. Very well insulated I took it to Yosemite so it got down to the 30s at night and it keep everything under me warm. It folds up very easy and is very light. Good product.

    Easy and Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've never used a small pad like this before - always just brought extra blankets for under my sleeping bag or used an air mattress. This is the perfect blend of the two.
    Literally effortless to inflate - open the valve, wait a couple minutes for it to self-inflate, blow a breath or two to finish it off, done. Just as easy to deflate - open the valve, start rolling it up. I found it's easiest to roll it up while letting out the air, then close the valve, and then re-roll it tighter so that I can easily put the elastic bands around it and fit it into the carrying bag.
    It was just enough padding to make my car camping night nearly as soft as sleeping at home, despite lumps and bumps from the latches and mats and junk in the car. I imagine it would be just as helpful to soften up a rocky spot of ground in the tent. So glad I bought this!

    Great value, even for a big guy

      This is my first sleeping pad, so far im pretty happy with it. I'm a pretty big guy 6'3" and 210lbs, and it for the most part supports my weight. I think if I really wanted a super comfortable setup id go with the air matress type. But this pad is great for ease of use and its durable. Its also easy to deflate as well. packing it up only takes a minute and a half.

      ALPS Air Pad



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      Comfy and a little clunky

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This pad was perfect to sleep on, extremely comfortable and large, worked very well for a camping trip on a rock beach up north. Only downside is the size of the pad when rolled up, it's a little too large and must be strapped to the outside of the pack, but definitely worth the carry!

      Solid Pad for the Price

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I recently bought this as a second pad for casual camping. The pad I use for Backpacking is the Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Sleeping Pad. Head to head, the Therm-a-Rest takes comfort, packability and weight, but not by much. Were the ALPS takes the cake is in price. As a casual camping pad, it is easily a 4 star pad.

      The ALPS pad is comfy, durable, and packs up easily. It is more bulky than higher end pads I've used when it is packed up, but it is not any more bulky than those foam pads you see around. I would take this pad any day over one of those.

      It comes with some nice elastic straps and a bag for backing.

      All in all, this is a great pad, If you aren't ready to drop a chunk of change on a Therm-a-Rest or Sea to Summit, pick up one of these and you won't regret it.

      not the most packable but still solid

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Yeah this isn't the lightest or the most packable, but it's reasonably light and it's comfy to sleep on. Nothing crazy, but a good value.

      Super comfy

        Not the most compact, but if you aren't backpacking far, it's really comfy, and easy to both inflate and pack up again!

        Slept comfy in hot summer days

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Purchased the "Long" Lightweight Air Pad because I wanted 2" of cushion instead of the regular's 1.5". I am 5"10 and 130lbs and find the pad comfortable. It is a bit bulky when in the stuff sack, but I did not wanted it for light backpacking, so I am cool with that. I would consider this "Long" pad serves better for base-camping instead of backpacking. I slept in it inside my tent while camping in the beach, under some really nice shade, and with a thin bed sheet over it. Works great for me. However, my girl purchased a Fox Outfitters Ultralight Series Pad, which is REALLY light, and packs super small, and I found that one equally comfortable *surprisingly* and even more fresh...

        What are the tech specs on this pad? It's helpful to know weight and size - both inflated and rolled. Thanks!

        Best Answer

        Hey Shuckinator,



        Regular:

        20" x 72" x 1.5"

        2 lbs 4 oz

        (Stuff Sack Size) 4.5 x 21"



        Long:

        25" x 77" x 2"

        3 lbs 14 oz

        (Stuff Sack Size) 6.5 x 26"

        Sidesleepers beware!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        First - the pad is lightweight, strong, packs small, and fills up quickly. The Long version was plenty long and wide enough for my frame.



        I read many reviews on here from side-sleepers who say the pad worked great, but I beg to differ.



        I'm a big guy, 6'5" and 260lbs. When I'm backpacking, I rely on a good night of sleep, which I never got sleeping on this after 8 nights. It seems comfortable at first, but after 10-20 minutes on one side, my arms and legs would fall asleep, I'd experience shoulder and hip pain, which would inevitably cause me to roll over to my other side or try my back. I tried a night with it slightly deflated, and a night with it slightly over inflated, both of which did not give desirable results. I recommend letting it auto-fill and leaving it at that. The surface is also very slippery with a nylon sleeping bag. If you're on any slope at all, you'll go sliding all night long.



        I was hoping to get used to it, but 8 nights in, it's just as bad as the start. I'm thinking I need to give in and spend double for a different pad and save this one for friends.

        Pretty Good, but not quite Great

          Bought this on the cheap from SAC, and I'm happy I bought it, but happy I bought it for 60% off. As a pad, it does exactly what it's supposed to. I've stayed warm in a light bag down to about 45F, both in a tent and in an ENO hammock.

          My only complaint is its size when packed. It's almost too bulky to fit in the pad straps on the bottom of my pack, and the width when rolled up is a bit cumbersome.

          I'm 6'2", very athletic at 190 lbs. and I JUST fit. Anyone with a larger frame should definitely buy the XL version.

          Overall, it's worth it (especially considering the price) to buy as long as you're not an ultra-light fanatic. I'm a big ALPS fan, and this is a solid product that will hold up well.