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Rusty Shovel

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Motorcycle Camping Pad
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:09:54 am »
Hey all,

DRblackbird emailed me today asking what camping pad I recommend for adventure riding.  I have a Nemo Cosmo XL pad because I like sleeping comfortably and it packs really small.

At $170, it's not cheap, but nothing's worse than a crappy night's sleep after a day of riding.  I opted against the insulated version because it's bulkier, more expensive ($230), and I never plan to camp in temps much below freezing anyway.  I've camped down to 25 degrees and I've been cozy in my down bag.  Also, it has a foot pump cleverly integrated into the pad.  It inflates very quickly.

Here's a video DrBlackbird shared with me:

Any other suggestions?
« Last Edit: April 22, 2014, 04:40:33 pm by Rusty Shovel »
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Re: Motorcycle Camping Pad
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2014, 05:20:20 pm »
I use a Big Agnes mummy pad. It is 2 inches thick but packs down to the size of a nalgene bottle. It is about $60 at Campmor:

The downside is it takes a while to inflate, so I solved that problem with a Big Agnes pumphouse inflator. The pumphouse can also be used as a pillow and a campshower:   
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Re: Motorcycle Camping Pad
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 06:14:49 pm »

I use a Klymit Static V that I got on eBay for $45 2 years ago. Awesome pad that is less then 19 ounces & packs down to the size of a 1 liter bottle of pop. Probably less actually. I had used a styro roll before this & it was like upgrading to a feather mattress. Very comfortable. Only 1.5" thick but I never touch ground. It fits inside most sleeping bags so you don't roll off it. I have an Ozark Trail down sleeping bag from Walmart & love it. I think it was $60. Seriously, its 1lb. 9 oz. & packs down like a 2 liter bottle of pop only shorter.  I have used it in temps as low as 39F with most nights around 45F. I felt any if it was any colder it would have sucked but as long as it was zipped up tight around me I was warm. I blew all my money on this dam bike so I gotta cut corners.. LOL! So goin cheap means I can still go & thats what I do. Pretty sure I gotta start a "Poor 690 owner's" thread So you guys with a bit "o" cash dont think I'm rippin on you! Im not, just livin within my means.
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