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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

To test these sleeping pads, the first question we asked was simple: Does the product enhance or reduce the quality of sleep? That\'s sleepability. The post Review: 7 Sleeping Pads Put to the Test appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Coming in just shy of one pound, the Kelty PDa is an insulated pad that\'s one of the lightest and least expensive in our test. The post Kelty PDa Review appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Our favorite for its mix of sleepability, price and weight. The post NEMO Astro Insulated Lite Review appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Klymit Inertia O Zone 14.4oz, 1.75 inches thick, R = sleeping bag (at least in theory) ($90, Klymit.com) The 0.9 pound Klymit pad only takes a few breaths to fill up. It’s the second lightest of the test and packs the smallest. It’s also the thinnest. Much like some sleeping bags in our review rely on sleeping pads for warmth on the bottom, this is the opposite; the cutouts are designed to allow sleeping bag insulation to loft and provide warmth. Theoreticaly its R-value should match the sleeping bag. In real-world use we found that it only works in cooler temps if inflated to the maximum, minimizing comfort in the process. If you sleep with a hand or arm under you, it will hit the ground, as will your shoulder if you turn on your side. None of the testers are back sleepers, and because of this, the Klymit had poor sleepability. On the positive side of things we loved the pillow. The X in the middle keeps it from bulging like all other inflatable pillows, and it works like a charm. The Klymit also......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Coming into this test the Synmat was my sleeping pad of choice. While expensive, it\'s light weight at 1 pound 2 ounces without sacrificing a decent, 3.1 R-value and good comfort. The post Exped Synmat 7 UL Review appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Considerably heavier than all the other pads at four pounds six ounces, the Durarest is the pad of choice if you are sleeping on incredibly rough ground. The post Coleman Durarest Twin Airbed Review appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

A night on the Neoair offers a unique perception of sliding off both sides at the same time, but good for those who need the absolute lightest weight pad. The post Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite Review appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine....

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Wesley\'s Wild World of Kayaking & the Jackson Action Wagon (JAW)
May 19th, 2015

This video has the full scoop on the new Orion Coolers FYI. If you need a premium cooler for an upcoming Memorial Day weekend adventure give the Jackson Action Wagon – JAW a shout and we can let you try out a Orion Cooler 25....

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 EN comfort rating: 27 degrees F. Fill: 650 DownTek 49oz ($279, www.bigagnes.com) The Big Agnes Lost Ranger is EN rated to a comfort of 27 degrees for the average male, which we found to be accurate in field testing. A durable water repellant shell is filled with 650 fill DownTek, which has a similar weight-to-warmth ratio as a high-end synthetic. With this fill it’s no surprise that at 3 pounds one ounces, it’s the second heaviest bag. The tradeoff is that it’s the most spacious sleeping bag in the review. One could say the Lost Ranger is half sleeping bag, half quilt. The bottom half has no insulation, instead using a sleeping pad sleeve matched to the Big Agnes Double Z pad. In fact there is so much room inside, that a base layer is mandatory in cooler weather because there is too much dead space. The Lone Ranger rates high on the sleepability scale as the most comfortable option for larger sleepers or those who toss and turn. An elastic cord is used for the mummy ......

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Canoe & Kayak Magazine
May 19th, 2015

Coleman Silverton 25 Not EN Tested; about 30 degrees F in real-world use. Fill: Synthetic. 59.5oz ($55, www.coleman.com) The Coleman Silverman is a synthetic bag comfortable down to roughly 35 degrees. It’s heavy at 3 pound 11 ounces, but has surprising attention to detail for a $55 sleeping bag. The inclusion of a velcro fastener for the zipper is a nice touch as is the internal gadget pocket. The Silverton is too large to fit in a kayak but is suitable for canoe trips with no portages and car camping. And at this price point, you won’t have a heart attack if something is spilled on it. Caveat: Snug fit for bulk and weight. Best for: Those on a tight budget. –Return to the Sleeping Bag Review Home Page –See Darin McQuoid’s Sleeping Pad Review Feathered Friends Hummingbird UL 20 Best for expeditions with lots of hiking or portaging Kelty SB 20 Not sure where your paddling will take you? This one can do it all. Nemo Nocturne 15 Best for tall people with active legs REI Lumen Best ......

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