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Old 08-09-2011   #31
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OK...........I"m doing it...
Going to buy the 3" thick.

MountainBuzz is such an incredible resource!
Thanks peeps,

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Old 08-09-2011   #32
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to answer your last question, you can't add air like a thermarest since the cover and mat aren't attached. if you blow it up and lay on it your body compressed the pad and just puts your feet up high. The air just displaces. If you can probably just let it self inflate and close the valve to add a little air comfort but some probably like that and some not. I leave my valve open and at my feet on the 4" since the small valves on Paco's made some noise when you roll around.

Also, my reco would be to get a light color if it's going on your boat! dark colors get dang hot. yellow and red are good. I was worried the yellow would dirty but it stays pretty nice on friends pads I've seen. I have the red.

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Old 08-09-2011   #33
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red doesn't get toasty?

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Old 08-10-2011   #34
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Surprisingly, not really. The blue and green landing pads I had before cooked. I don't think we ever had to water down the red first all the way through the Grand to sit on it. It gets warm but not burning like those others did.

Any other color reviews?

We might as well dissect this issue the last inch lol
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Old 08-10-2011   #35
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Blue cooks. My yellow boat stays cool
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 08-10-2011   #36
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Jack makes a white version paco pad. Might have to special order. I have a white paco, have never tested it being cooler than a dark colored one. My guess is it should be but all day in the Canyon sun any thing plastic is gonna get hot - some things more so than others. thinking about an aluminum dry box getting real hot.
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Old 08-10-2011   #37
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White works great! i have two!
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Old 08-10-2011   #38
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I have a two 4" Jack's Plastic pads. One is white and the other yellow. The white one stays noticably cooler than the yellow one. Definantly go with the white one.
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Old 08-10-2011   #39
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White is great, just don't forget your sunglasses. They put off quite the glare! My double white paco pad covers the front half of my raft and it can be pretty bright.


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