Originally Posted by restrac2000
One improvement I have considered is gluing a closed cell foam pad to the open cell pad to get the best of both worlds. The closed cell foam would need to be thin to allow rolling; that said I rarely roll my pads now as they live on the cooler and dry box and are stored unrolled at home.
I just tired of the discomfort of open cell foam once the inevitable pinhole arises.
The DIY option is intriguing. Please post a follow-up with field testing when you get the chance.
Ok, I'm not trying to hijack this thread as much as it might seem at first.... but I've been blessed to to be the owner of a pair of the greatest sleepeing pads ever derived.... they are known as Pacific Outdoor Equipment Cadi bomber pad.... They are unfortunately long out of production but to illustrate a little of the concept here is a link to an amazon page:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pacific-Out...=1&*entries*=0
The point of this whole diversion is that they are essentially (although not litterally) a drop stitched sleeping pad. Why is that important to me? You can put pressure in it.
The concept linked above is a 2" thick (if I recall; I have 2, I've just never actually measured their thicness) bed of sleeping hapiness. FWIW, My wife, just lets hers self fill - I blow 4-5 fair blows into mine and to each of us the pad is just as comfy as our memory foam bed. To me the important attribute is that those puffs, put a little pressure in it, making the 2" pad feel like its 5" thick. I have 2 Paco Grande's as well and those, as all of you know, you cannot put pressure into. While they are way better than sleeping on the ground, they still let my fat ass sink through and as a result I toss and turn on them. The Pac-outdoors pads are the shit, I can lay on my side and sleep as solidly on them as I do at home.
Why do I bring this up? well if you are making your own shit, think about putting a real bonded pad into your concoction (in lieu of just foam padding). I swear, to me the ability to add a little pressure on uneven ground is an absolutly wonderful addition to nocturnal slumber equipment. My thought for the build your own pad crowd is to figure a way to adapt a manufactured 2-3" bonded pad, inside an outer DIY shell. The valving would be the hard part, but I assure you - if you ever get a chance to sleep on a "bomber" pad then you'll be figuring out how to replicate it.
If Jack (JPW) reads this post, please....please figure out a way to incorporate a bonded, air filled chamber inside your pads. I so fear the day that my "bomber" pads give up the ghost that I'm starting to limit their use to just long trips. Somebody please come up with a new equivelant!!!!!!!!! I don't trust my own patience to glue up my own ideas...with success. And I emplor you to direct the next evolutionary step in your invention.