- Here is my second Owner Review for your review and comment. I have posted the HTML file in the test folder for your review. THERMAREST PROLITE 4 MATTRESSMessage 1 of 3 , Oct 30, 2006View SourceHere is my second Owner Review for your review and comment. I have posted the HTML file in the test folder for your review.
THERMAREST PROLITE 4 MATTRESS
Owner Review October 30, 2006
Name: Scott Wasley
Height: 5 10 (178 cm)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Email address: snw61(at)yahoo(dot)com
City, State, Country: Idaho Falls, ID, U.S.A
Backpacking Background: I am an avid backpacker, kayaker, skier, and all around outdoorsman. I began backpacking thirty-five years ago at the age of 10. I have hiked mostly in the Western part of the United States (Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana). I am generally a mid-weight hiker, mainly because I like to take a little extra gear to be comfortable. I have recently spent a good share of my time in the Yellowstone National Park area.
Manufacturer: Thermarest (Cascade Designs)
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Listed Size: Large (25 x 77 in or 63 x 196 cm)
Listed Weight: 2 lb 1 oz (936 g)
Listed Thickness: 1.5 in (3.8 cm)
Measured Size: (25 x 77 in or 63 x 196 cm)
Measured Weight: 2 lb 1 oz (936 g)
Measured Thickness: 1.5 in (3.8 cm)
Top Material: 100% Polyester
Bottom Material: 100% Nylon
Fill Material: 100% Urethane Foam
Material Coating: 100% Polyurethane
Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Thermarest will repair or replace at their discretion defective mattresses.
MSRP: $104.95 US
The ProLite 4 is a self-inflating mattress and is a member of Thermarests Fast and Light Series. On its website, Thermarest claims Our Fast & Light® mattresses offer unrivaled freedom. They weigh less and pack smaller than any mattresses ever before, facilitating the kind of high-speed, low-weight experience sought by extreme alpinists, adventure racers, and long-distance backpackers. Thermarest further claims the ProLite 4 is its lightest, most compact 4-season mattress. Thermarest also states that this mattress is Great for mountaineering, winter camping, backpacking, and multi-day adventures.
I have taken the Thermarest ProLite 4 Mattress on numerous backpacking and cross-country skiing trips over the past year. Two of the most recent trips where I used the ProLite 4 include a kayak camping trip on Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park and a three-day backpacking trip into the Copper Basin, which is near Mackay Idaho.
Leigh Lake is approximately 6,877 ft (2,096 m) above sea level. On this particular trip, the air temperature was approximately 55 28 F (13 to -4 C). The sky was clear and sunny with no precipitation. On this October 2006 trip, I paddled my touring kayak about three miles to the campsite.
On my trip into the Copper Basin, we hiked to Goat Lake, which is approximately 10,438 ft (3,182 m) above sea level. We hiked in about 6 miles (9.7 km) with an elevation gain of approximately 3,000 ft (914 m) to where we camped alongside Goat Lake. The weather on this August 2006 outing was mixed from sunny and calm to thunder and lightning storms. Temperatures ranged from low 80s F to mid 40s F (29 4 C).
I am pleased with the compatibility and minimal weight of the Thermarest ProLite 4 Mattress. Another feature I like is the dimpled textured fabric on the bottom of this mattress. The dimpling affect on the fabric provides a slip-resistant footing to help keep the mattress in place during use. Also the material on the bottom appears to have a water-resistant coating to repel condensate and moisture during use. The top fabric has a slick feel to the touch, but my sleeping bag stays put during the night. The inner polyurethane foam insulation is die-cut with star shaped cutouts, assuming this is for weight reduction, while still providing ample body support. When the mattress has either been compressed for a long period of time, or in cold temperatures, it takes extra time to inflate and in some cases a few breaths of air is required to reach my desired inflation thickness. The valve is a plastic type material, which seems to function very well; so far I have not
detected any leakage during use. I have not had any problems with punctures in the mattress though the fabric seems to be quite thin. Also, the fabric will resist some abrasion with a little care. When compacting the mattress to carry, I usually fold it in half lengthwise, roll very tightly, and wrap it with two rubber bands before putting it into the stuff sack. By adding the rubber bands it seems to stay more compact and easier to remove from the stuff sack. The mattress should never be compressed during storage, I think over time it would crush the foam and not self inflate like intended.
Overall, I am very satisfied with this product. I believe it is a good value for the money and would recommend it to others interested in a lightweight, compact, 4-seaon mattress.
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- Hi Scott, This is a good start but we need to work on it a bit. Your initial edits will follow. They will take the following format; EDIT: must be changedMessage 3 of 3 , Nov 3, 2006View SourceHi Scott,
This is a good start but we need to work on it a bit. Your initial
edits will follow. They will take the following format;
EDIT: must be changed
Edit: should be changed but will be left to your discretion
Comment: just that or something to think about
When you have made the changes please repost here with REPOST added
to the subject line. You can also put the HTML version in the test
EDIT: the way that they spell their name is Therm-a-Rest. Can you
please change all instances of it? (I think sub-consciously that is
why I always buy Big Agnes pads :-)
***Manufacturer: Thermarest (Cascade Designs)
EDIT: the manufacturer is Cascade Designs Inc.
The ProLite 4 is a self-inflating mattress and is a member of
Fast and Light Series. On its website, Thermarest claims "Our Fast &
mattresses offer unrivaled freedom. They weigh less and pack smaller
mattresses ever before, facilitating the kind of high-speed, low-
experience sought by extreme alpinists, adventure racers, and long-
backpackers. Thermarest further claims the ProLite 4 is
its "lightest, most
compact 4-season mattress." Thermarest also states that this
mattress is "Great
for mountaineering, winter camping, backpacking, and multi-day
EDIT: all you have done is copy the verbiage from the web site. We
are looking for your description of the pad. What color is it? How
does the fabric feel? What kind of valve does it have, metal or
plastic? What corner is it at, top, bottom? Does it have a logo on
it, where? Is it rectangular or does it have slightly curved sides?
I am looking at my brother-in-laws as I write and could give you a
few paragraphs with no problem. I would think that you could do even
better than that. You have some of this info in your Observations
already. You should move it up here. Maybe you should look at the
reports and reviews of a few veterans to get an idea of how to
EDIT: with a pad review it is pretty important to share what the
surface you were on was like. Were you on sand, packed dirt, shale,
pine duff, twenty years worth of mulched leaves? (Unbelievable
feeling, I kid you not.) Also, did you take this on any of your snow
trips? This is the time of year that people would be very interested
in your comments about that.
*** would recommend it to others interested in a lightweight,
compact, 4-seaon mattress.
Edit: "season", and another reason to talk about any 4-season
experience you have had since you are recommending it for that.