The Jack's Plastic Welding Paco Grande is a behemoth sleeping pad. Its thick, cushy foam and an indestructible shell make it the largest (by volume), heaviest, and most durable pad we've ever reviewed. It weighs 13 pounds! The Paco Grande is more comfortable than "budget" luxury pads like the Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map ($130) and REI Camp Bed ($100), but not as comfortable as the Therm-a-Rest Dream. Its bombproof shell material, however, provides numerous advantages over all other pads we've reviewed: the pad is hypo-allergenic, easy to clean, and can double as an inflatable water toy, padding for furniture, and seating at outdoor concerts. It's much better for extended car camping (multi-month to multi-year) and general outdoor abuse than any other sleeping pad we've reviewed. Paco Pads are also the gold standard for river running: they cushion hard spots, insulate coolers, promote lounging on less violent water, and are slept on at night.
There are a few drawbacks to the Paco Grande's design and construction. 1) People over six feet will find it slightly short, 2) the inflation valves are harder to use than on most other sleeping pads, and 3) there's little to no control over the pad's support. We believe the DreamTime is a better choice for all but the serious road warrior and river guide. Those looking to spend a little less should go for the REI Camp Bed 3.5, the best value inflatable pad in this category, or the Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar, a $40 closed cell pad.