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Old 03-07-2012   #1
 
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Paco Pad or Sotar Cloud 9

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I'm thinking about getting the Sotar Cloud 9 sleeping pad instead of the Paco Grande. I have been a river gypsy for years now camping out all summer guiding and kaykaing and have never had a sleeping pad of any sort, but got a 21 day Grand trip on April 8'th and figure its time.

First of all Sotar is the sh*t and I like the idea of a C-7 valve and the foam seems to be a little more firm and supportive? I haven't had the chance to test either, but am a little concerned that the Paco Grande foam will be to squishy and I'm not sure about the float bag valves. Obviosly the Paco's have bomber foam that will last. Buying one by tomorrow! so talk me out of the Cloud 9, price is not a factor, the paco grande is the same price with my pro form.

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For sleeping purposes a I got a aire landing pad. Much better foam inside than paco. Memory type foam that is quite a bit more comfortable than my grande paco. That said, the paco is better on the boat for daytime use, lays flatter. Aire pad is tough to roll and heavier. Never seen/felt the sotar. good luck.
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has anyone tried the nrs version of the paco pad yet?

NRS River Bed Sleeping Pad at NRSweb.com

only $150 for 74"x24"x2" and its got a raft valve on the pad for quicker inflating/deflating.
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I second the Aire Landing Pad. You can't beat it for the price.
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I have a friend that has a sotar pad he'd give away. He says even with the air valve open it is a brick for sleeping on.
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My Sotar "brick" is very comfortable, I also have a couple Maravia pads but they're too soft for me.
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Another vote for the AIRE landing pads. I've been using them under a shitty futon mattress at my girl's house since boating season ended. Daily use for a few months now and they are still in great shape.
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paco is made in USA, Sotar pads are not.
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Does the landing pad have the same float bag style valves as the pacos? I do tend to like a firm surface better. I like the idea of having a spare valve for my raft if i really needed it and i could see the threads on a float bag valve wearing out? I usually sleep in a hammock, but I don't think that will work in the Grand Canyon lol..
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I think maravia pad is Usa also. Aire and sotar and nrs arent. The foam in my jpw silverback is very comfy and has held up well. The valves are a pita

You might see if you can find a shop that has one and go take a nap on it
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