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Old 08-20-2014   #1
 
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Ok- How's a Paco Pad supposed to work?

Silly, I know- but I just received my Landing Pad from Cascade and my chest is bottomed out and my feet are sitting on a "baloon" about 5" off the ground. How do you people sleep on these things??? Is the stiff foam Paco any better? I had a Maravia for a day- not only did it do this ridiculous baloon imitation, it wasn't designed to be air tight- even said so on the hang tag. I'm confused by this whole concept- why don't they attach the foam to the fabric like a Thermarest?!

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Did you blow it up??!!! That's what it sounds like... Don't do that!
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The valve lets it squish for packing open it to auto inflate.

You can use it open or closed as your "sleep number" dictates.

Keep it closed around water.


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Old 08-21-2014   #4
 
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Ha! Open valve it is like there's nothing under me but the ground- closed it balloons- bleed out any air and I'm grounded out again. Useless

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If you can't operate the sleeping pad, don't try to row the boat!
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never an issue with my ultra comfy Jack's Plastic Welding Paco Pad
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I found out the hard way that if the foam is left compressed it doesn't expand anymore. It sounds like you bought it new but it may have been left rolled too long. Contact Cascade. They should swap it out for you.

After replacing the foam in mine it works great but I had the same problem you refer too. The feet uphill balloon or nothing.

Once you get the new one add an uninflated thermarest pad and a silk sheet and you will feel as divine as I do upon rising from your slumber. It really is bitchin to be this pimpin.
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Old 08-21-2014   #8
 
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Trying for river bliss- but this thing is useless. Might as well throw a plastic tarp on the ground.

My wife tried it and had the same experience- "What's the point of this thing?"

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Ditto for TommyColorado - 10 years on my JPW Paco and still going strong.
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I've always felt the same way, and use a 2" therm-a-rest instead of a paco
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