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This is a solid buy for any level of camper.
on November 17, 2010
I've been using a friend's old therma-rest inflatable sleeping pad on camping trips for the last two years. I finally decided that I needed my own sleeping pad, instead of borrowing one all the time. My only criteria was that it was relatively affordable.
I found the Wenzel Convoluted Camp Pad randomly on Amazon, and for the money it seemed like a product comparable to a lower end offering you might find at a REI / Blue Ridge Mountain Sports / Dicks, etc. On the same note, I feel like this portion of the camping market (sleeping pads) is saturated with overpriced gimmicks. This product was clearly not one of those.
The pad comes rolled up with two elastic bands on the outer ends. I was overwhelmed with how light it was. It was about as heavy as a small cardboard box. In a stiff wind, it might roll or tumble away! While light, it is a little large, so if you don't have loops big enough on your backpack, I'd just clip some lines around the elastic bands that keep the pad rolled up.
Moving on to the most important part, sleeping comfort. While it wasn't quite a plush hotel experience, I did notice that many fine details of the terrain were instantly smoothed. The texture was likened to thick wet suit or a thick/firm yoga mat. Small rocks and stones disappeared under my back, while still remaining comfortable. The pad absorbed small obstacles, but conformed to the curvature of the earth; try and find the flattest land possible. Additionally, this might not be the ideal choice to put in a hammock, (I used mine in a tent and hammock) because the curve can cause slight buckling at the edges. Regardless, for the price you cant complain much.
Overall this a total recommended purchase. Considering products like the Therma-rest NeoAir? the only benefit is that product is small; even then you have to wait for it to inflate. With the Wenzel, there is no worry of puncture. In conclusion I promise you'll be happy... regardless if you're car car camping or doing a week long trek in the snow.