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Old 02-16-2015   #1
 
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Aire Landing Pad or NRS River Bed?

I am looking to buy a 3" sleeping pad and am up in the air between these two. Price is not a problem... I'm more concerned about comfort and durability (both foam durability and plastic durability as will be using it as a pad on the raft as well). I currently have/use a JPW 1" Paco and want to upgrade for three weeks on the Grand Canyon. Any advice? I have read that both of these pads use a bit firmer foam than JPW and Maravia for the 3" and up, which suits me - I like my bed to be somewhat firm but not a brick. Seems firmer foam would hold up better over time. Any advice welcome. Thanks!

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I have a small Landing Pad and absolutely love it. Had it for two years now and it still looks brand new. Its kept kept rolled up in a shed during the winter, which I have heard isn't good for the foam. But its holding up great, bounces right back when unrolled, and I don't even bother inflating. I have used it in the water as a lounger floating down the river, and water doesn't seem to have gotten inside it at all.
It is super comfy, lived on it for a month straight while I was waiting to move into a new house and woke up every morning feeling great.
Im pretty cheap, so that's really why I went with it despite how well made JPW pads are. I even bought another Landing pad for my lady (large) bc of how mine has held up. I personally like the valves better too.
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My household has 5 Jack's Paco Pads ( 1-3", 2-2", & 2-1.5") and 1-3" Aire Landing Pad. I've had the Landing for 6-7 years and I personally gravitate towards using the Landing Pad more than my Jacks (both 3"). My Landing pad is softer than the Jack's 2" pads and thinner, but comparable to Jack's 3". My Landing pad is from it's first production season, so maybe AIRE is souring different foam now.

Last season a buddy bought his spouse an NRS and he's not impressed. To him the foam feels cheap, stiff, and boardy. I personally can't validate his opinion beyond I know he has experience with the others.
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Great info so far - one thing to add

Thanks guys! So far you are validating my gravitation toward the landing pad. I thought of one more thing I have a question about. The Summit II valve. I read somewhere it's nice to have the Leafield C7 valve on the pad because 1) works well with a pump (which JPW pads don't) and 2) can be used in a pinch on most rafts. Since I don't own an Aire and have the C7 valves on my Rocky Mountain Raft, I doubt I can substitute Summit II valves for C7 valves, right? This probably isn't make or break since as everyone says you spend most of you life sleeping might as well get a good bed... but I always like to think about the overall versatility.
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Thanks guys! So far you are validating my gravitation toward the landing pad. I thought of one more thing I have a question about. The Summit II valve. I read somewhere it's nice to have the Leafield C7 valve on the pad because 1) works well with a pump (which JPW pads don't) and 2) can be used in a pinch on most rafts. Since I don't own an Aire and have the C7 valves on my Rocky Mountain Raft, I doubt I can substitute Summit II valves for C7 valves, right? This probably isn't make or break since as everyone says you spend most of you life sleeping might as well get a good bed... but I always like to think about the overall versatility.
No you can't swap valves, because the valve-nut inside are different. I personally wouldn't let the C-7 make my choice, because I always have a spare valve and a couple rebuild kits in the repair kit.

Also, my AIRE pad fabric is noticeably thicker/heavier than my Jacks.
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For me the issue with the landing pad was long term durability. First few years no problem, year 4-5-6 you are going to have issues. Corners start to have holes, I think they make them with corner covers now or something, and the foam breaks down leaving you sleeping on nothing. The material is thick and heavy. I also have a JPW silverback and a maravia. Yes, the materials don't feel as thick but I think they are better quality. Good quality foam is very expensive. Value for the dollar the landing pad is pretty good.

So I think it's one of those things where you get what you pay for, you might have to replace a landing pad twice or 3 times vs a JPW lifecycle, so cost wise it's about a wash. Plus, with a JPW, if you have a preference for foam or anything about it, you can call them and have a pad built to order, others can't. Maravia uses memory foam, it's pretty nice.
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I have 3 paco's and 3 landing pads. Basically the same, sleeping I can't tell the diffrence. (Do not get a sotar pad - the material is great for a raft not for a bed). We bought the paco's first, then the landing pads. If I could only have one it would be the landing pad, I have no idea how you would fix the paco valve if it broke off or my dog ate it. As long as you have the cap for the valve on the landing pad you are good to go. Also the big hole is sweet for the quick roll.
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I have 3 landing pads that are 6 years old and holding up great.
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Two landing pads for three years. Zero issues.
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Any feedback on the NRS pad from owners?
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