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Closed Cell Foam Sleeping Pads

Closed cell foam sleeping pads

This type of foam pad is the lightest and warmest type of sleeping pad per ounce. They are also completely waterproof even if damaged. If you want to travel ultralight with the lightest possible load, this is the pad to carry. They are also the cheapest backpacking pad you can purchase. On the down side they are bulky and provide only minimal cushioning making them the least comfortable.

The cheapest closed cell foam pads are simple rectangles, easily cut down to size. A thickness of 3/8" and torso length provides enough warmth for summer/three season trips. For colder weather or if you sleep colder, a thicker pad is recommended. For winter camping use a full length pad, and you may want to double up.

An example of simple foam pads from Liberty Mountain.

Liberty Mountain Lm Self Inflating Pad$41.36
Liberty Mountain Lm Self Inflating Pad "Liberty Mountain Camp & Hike Lm Self Inflating Pad 3946. 5 thick this pad is an excellent value. Made with a durable 190T polyester shell open-celled PU foam core and high-flow plastic valve. The foam is fully bonded to the shell. Includes a stuff sack and repair kit. Colors may vary."

These Thermarest foam pads are designed to maximize warmth and comfort for weight carried .

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