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  • Thermarest Prolite 4

    Product Tested: Thermarest Prolite 4 sleeping pad

    Price paid, where purchased: $89 EMS (regular size), plus $13 stuff sack

    Size/Weight: 1lb 8oz

    Similar products tried: 2" Insul-mat and basic ems 1" sleeping pad, foam pads

    How long/where tested: single trip (but GF had one, tested that one as well)

    Rating 1 to 5: 5

    The girl friend has one, and I tested it and was impressed. So when it became apparent my Insul-mat's valve was starting to leak (and I couldn't retain loft for more than 8 hours at a time), I decided to return the Insulmat and trade-up to the Prolite 4.

    The single night of testing was warm (45-50F), but it did the trick just fine. The loft is great and I woke with no stiffness or soreness on either side, which was the norm with the Insulmat.

    Guess neither myself or the EMS clerk thought to check the stuff sack I bought, because the stuff sack was for a short and I had purchased the regular sized mattress. Despite this fact I was able to roll and reroll the mattress 3 times to finally get it to fit. Impressive how small you can actually get it packed!

    The weight (1.5 pounds) is good for the rating and comfort. I have my doubts to how well it will work in the winter, and will probably bring an extra foam mattress (light weight) as an insulating barrier anyway.

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    I'm just going to address one thing that Kevin couldn't....

    I have the prolite III and it worked fine with my 5 degree sleeping bag. I used it at Copperas Pond, Cod Pond and up at Indian Lake in below freezing temperatures.

    I was warm as toast and very comfortable in the bag.
    "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it." Lyndon B. Johnson