The right Sleeping Pad
The right sleeping pad is really important for optimal sleeping comfort during your adventures in the great outdoors. VAUDE offers sleeping pads for a wide range of activities and conditions – whether you have a camping holiday or mountain expedition planned, and in any season.
Size, weight, material or construction are only a few of the points in which high-quality sleeping pads differ. First, you should consider where the sleeping pad will be used. The conditions for a camping holiday naturally place completely different demands on functions and features than those of a multi-day tour in high alpine terrain.
Sleeping pads for general camping offer more sleeping comfort, but are heavier and require more space in your gear. In comparison, performance pads are lighter, more compact and have better insulation values, making them suitable for adventures in the mountains or in colder regions. VAUDE sleeping pads from the Performance and Hike series offer an optimum warmth-to-weight ratio. The Tour, Dream and Dream Comfort series provide a high level of comfort for camping and general recreation.
One of the most important factors in choosing a VAUDE sleeping pad is the time of year you’ll be using it for. The pad’s R-value measures its ability to insulate you from cold ground and keep you warm. This plays an important role when deciding if you want to use your pad just for certain purposes, such as only in the summer or for challenging winter bivouacs in high alpine terrain. The Season Overview provides a clear outline of which models are suitable for summer, winter, and transitional seasons from spring into fall.
The insulation property, or more precisely, the thermal resistance (= insulation performance) of sleeping pads is indicated by the R-value. It helps you differentiate easily between the insulation performance of different sleeping pads.
Normal R-values lie between 1 and 8. The higher the R-value, the better the insulating properties of a sleeping pad. In frosty temperatures, a pad with an R-value of 4 and higher should be chosen if you don’t want to lie awake all night feeling cold. The R-value depends not only on the thickness of the pad but also on the composition of the material, the fill, the air pressure in the pad and other factors such as the pad’s surface and the structure of the air chambers. The R-values of two mats lying on top of each other can be roughly added together.
Information on the R-value of your sleeping pad as well as information on the temperature range for which the individual products have been created can be found at any time in the VAUDE web shop and on the specific product packaging.