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- Convoluted polyethylene camp pad
- Lightweight, durable, and convoluted surface adds extra comfort keeping cold and dampness away from body, will not absorb water
- Adds extra insulataion and protects sleeping bag
- Cleans easily with damp cloth
- Elastic tie bands for convenient bundling and storing
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The convoluted surface of this Wenzel Camp Pad not only adds cushion but extra comfort. Lightweight, durable and comfortable, it not only adds insulation keeping cold and damp away from you, it protects your sleeping bag as well. This pad will not absorb water, and cleans easily with a damp cloth. It is ideal for camping, hiking, mountaineering, exercising and picnics. Two elastic tie bands make bundling and storage convenient. Specifications: • Material: Convoluted polyethylene • Size: 71 in. x 24 in. x 0.5 in.
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 71 x 24 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
- ASIN: B00339NSJ0
- Item model number: 157-224
- Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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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.
Cons - uncomfortable, large, hard to roll up
On a scale of 1-5; 1 being the worst, 5 being the best:
Price: 5 (cheap as can be)
Value: 4 (definitely worth ten bucks)
Comfort: 2 (provides less comfort than most other pads)
Durability: 5 (indestructible)
Weight: 5 (it doesn't get much lighter than this)
Size: 5 (71" X 24", which is bigger than most other pads, especially pads of a similar weight)
Packed size: 2 (bigger than any other backpacking pad I've used, but still manageable)
Warmth: 4 (the closed cell foam insulates you from the ground very well)
Ease of use: 4 (just pull off the elastic straps and drop the pad on the ground)
This pad is great for someone who's looking for a cheap alternative to the more expensive pads and who doesn't mind sacrificing some comfort for the lower price.
My experience with this pad:
The pad unrolls easily, and it's great not having to wait on it to inflate like the alternative inflatable sleeping pads. I'm 6'1" and it's plenty big for me. The high density of this pad smooths away the bumps and sticks and rocks, but offers little else in the way of comfort. When laying on my stomach or back, it works just fine, but when I accidentally turn on my side in my sleep I wake up with sore hips. When it's time to roll the pad up, it's difficult to get it to roll tightly. I will continue to use this pad for a while, but eventually I'm going to upgrade to a Therm-a-rest RidgeRest and keep this pad for a spare when I backpack with friends.
I'm going to put it outside to hose it down today but up until now, when I actually read I could do it, I have wiped up an occasional accident my cat had, with just a damp cloth or sponge and white vinegar and it's worked beautifully! It can be vacuumed and it cleans up beautifully. My cats liked it immediately and I strongly recommend it for that use.
I'd never have thought of it myself but I thank whoever it was who suggested it!