Sleepingo Large Review
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|Pros||Lightweight, extremely affordable, small packed size||Lightweight, warm for the weight, packs small, comfortable, versatile||Great value, wide, reasonably light||Inexpensive, lightweight, great insulation adjunct||Lightweight, affordable, great warmth adding supplement|
|Cons||Thin, comfort lacking||Expensive, edges not as stable as other pad designs||Low R-value, thinner than some||Bulky, loses suppleness over time||Breaks down over time, dimples gather dirt and moisture|
|Bottom Line||An ultra light and ultra cheap option for your next backpacking trip||This model boasts a big weight savings, is comfortable, and provides great all around performance||This pad boasts an excellent value in a light and compact package||If sleeping on ultra-firm surfaces doesn't keep you up at night this is a solid option that won't pop||An effective pad that offers decent three season warmth in a very lightweight package|
|Rating Categories||Sleepingo Large||Therm-a-Rest NeoAir...||Klymit Static V2||NEMO Switchback||Therm-A-Rest Z Lite...|
|Weight and Packed Size (30%)|
|Ease of Inflation (10%)|
|Specs||Sleepingo Large||Therm-a-Rest NeoAir...||Klymit Static V2||NEMO Switchback||Therm-A-Rest Z Lite...|
|Weight||14.6 oz||16 oz||17.5 oz||14.5 oz||14 oz|
|Thickness||2 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||0.9 in||0.75 in|
|Claimed R Value||2.1||4.2||1.3||2||2|
|Length||75 in||72 in||72 in||72 in||72 in|
|Width||23 in||20 in||23 in||20 in||20 in|
|Packed Volume (L)||1.2 L||1.8 L||0.9 L||8.9 L||1.8 L|
|Breaths to Inflate||8-10||15-20||12-14||0||0|
|Type||Air Construction/Synthetic Insulation||Air Construction/Baffled Insulation||Air Construction||Closed-cell foam||Closed-cell foam|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Looking for a first sleeping pad? Perhaps you want something lightweight for a summertime adventure and don't mind if it's a little on the thin side. Whatever your reasons are for diving into the bargain basement, this sleeping pad is functional and incredibly affordable.
First and foremost, this sleeping pad is certainly more comfortable than any of the closed-cell sleeping pads we have used. The two inches of air-filled padding does a decent job of keeping us off the ground until we attempt to side sleep. On our side, there is no point where a part of our body isn't poking through to the ground. For those sleeping on their front or back, this pad might actually be a great solution as it did just keep us suspended off the hard ground.
Weight and Packed Size
An air pad that weighs in under one pound is an impressive full stop. On our home kitchen scale, it weighs in at 14.6 ounces and truly packs down small — about the size of a typical coffee thermos. We never had any trouble packing this pad along, whether we were bikepacking, hiking, or just getting out of the city for an overnighter. While this pad has some downsides, the weight and packed size are certainly not one of those.
Part of how this pad has attained such a slim packed size and low weight seems to be the omission of any type of insulation. When held up to the light, there seems to be nothing but the 20D nylon, which comprises the closed air cells. The amazon description lists the R-value at 2.1 though we cannot find any evidence that this pad has been through the ASTM standardized testing process. The reality of the Sleepingo is that it is a perfectly adequate summer sleeping pad. During our testing process, we typically had closed-cell pads around to supplement our testing pads in case we didn't want to be uncomfortably cold into the fall months, and we were happy to have it when testing the Sleepingo.
Ease of Inflation
The waffle design, coupled with a relatively thin two inches of loft, allows the Sleepingo to inflate quickly. There isn't an included pump sack, but honestly, it would be overkill. This pad inflates in about ten breaths and only takes about a minute to fill tight. Additionally, the internal rubber gasket which captures inflation progress is simple and feels relatively durable. Deployment and packing were equally as simple as the inflation process.
While we put our Sleepingo through a bit of abuse, such as using it on the bare ground without a ground cover, kneeling on it in the tent, and general use, it didn't develop any leaks. The 20D fabric feels durable and on par with other more expensive pads that offer similar weight and thickness. There is no shortage of reviews online complaining of durability but are followed up, generally, with praise about the companies generous returns/replacements. While this might not be much help if you develop a leak in the backcountry, it is a little piece of mind.
This is one of the most affordable air-construction sleeping pads we have tested. There are a few reasons it didn't obtain our value award, though its value should not be understated. The comfort and warmth are lacking, but it is incredibly lightweight, packable, and the price is hard to pass up. The functionality to price ratio is exceptional, and this pad should not be overlooked.
Trusting something as important as sleep to a bargain-basement item such as the Sleepingo pad is always a tricky personal decision. We were impressed with how functional this pad is despite being one of the most affordable pads we have tested. While our 5'11" 180-pound tester had tenderized hips after using this pad, lighter campers will likely have a more pleasant experience, and there is no doubt this is more supportive and comfortable than a single closed-cell foam pad.
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