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How We Tested Sleeping Pads

By Jeremy Bauman ⋅ Review Editor
Thursday
Top to bottom. Venture  XLite  Comfort Light Insulated  XTherm  ProLite  EvoLite  Ultralight  Astro Insualted  Insulated Static V Lite  AirRail 1.5
Top to bottom. Venture, XLite, Comfort Light Insulated, XTherm, ProLite, EvoLite, Ultralight, Astro Insualted, Insulated Static V Lite, AirRail 1.5

We tested these pads everywhere we could and gathered feedback from over 50 people. We used all of these pads for two months while guiding backpacking trips in Colorado and New Mexico. We lent them to clients and had them switch pads every night before giving us their feedback.

We used this pad side by side with the others in this review. Our testers consistently raved about the Venture's high level of comfort.
We used this pad side by side with the others in this review. Our testers consistently raved about the Venture's high level of comfort.

Our lead tester didn't sleep in a real bed for the duration of this review opting to sleep on the ground with two pads side by side so that he could compare their comfort every night. We have a lot of friends who own one or more of these pads and have been using them for years. We quizzed them about their experiences and gathered their input.

As with everything we test, we paid full retail for each model so that we can provide you with the most objective reviews anywhere.

When folded on itself  the EvoLite turns into a decent camp chair.
When folded on itself, the EvoLite turns into a decent camp chair.


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