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Jun 22, 2012
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Looks like its down to a Thermarest pad, either the Ridge Rest or the Z-lite. Anyone used both and can compare the two?

I'll have to check on these evazote pads as well, have never heard of em.

Thanks Guys for the suggestions.

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Aerili wrote:
A longer term solution would be that you and I exchange some genetic coding

Did we all miss MP's first homegrown marriage proposal?
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Jun 23, 2012
I think the Zlite has a slightly better R value, and you can fold it a couple different ways (full accordion, or two accordion halves so it's wider and thinner, fits great under the beaver tail of a bigger pack). The Ridge Rest only rolls. I haven't used a Ridge Rest, but really like my Z-lite.

That said, I think the evazote pads are pretty cool. I have a pack that uses a small evazote pad for the "frame panel" and use it all the time as a seat and for under my feet while sleeping. I think I'm going to buy one of the evazote pads because they are durable, 1/2 the price of a Zlite, super light, long, and durable.
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Shawn Mitchell wrote:
Did we all miss MP's first homegrown marriage proposal?

I think she was thinking more along the lines of using the teleporter in The Fly to exchange the genetic material.
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Jun 26, 2012
How about this thing?

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Jun 28, 2012
The West Desert...it's not just for climbing, suck...
Shawn Mitchell wrote:
Did we all miss MP's first homegrown marriage proposal?

Nah, no marriage proposal. It was definitely more along the lines of laboratory DNA exchange (as Stich suggested, i.e. I did mention 'biotech intervention'). I do know Supra quite well, though, hence my teasing. :)

Edit: oh, and to the guy who apparently thought I was proposing the OP pay me for heat-sink 'services', you read all that incorrectly. I meant money spent on travel for alpine adventures. Anyhoo.
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My two cents...

Find a foam supplier, buy whatever thickness you like. Go to Joanne Fabrics, get enough tough table top material to cover one side, fleece to cover the other, build your own.

My wife and I put together 4" thick foldable pads we built with some help with a friend who can sew. ~100$ a pad, best outdoor pad I've ever had.
From Grand Junction
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Jun 29, 2012
Z Lite is the shit! I used mine all winter in the Catskills with no problem and it's also a seat when you want to keep your butt off the snow... They are super light and very durable mine is like 2 years old and probably has 300 plus miles on it.. Doug Wolfe
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