My REI Flash sleeping pad blew a seam over Memorial Day Weekend in Voyageurs National Park, creating a cylinder running the length of the pad that was much larger than the rest, and an uneven sleeping surface. I thought it might be time for a new one. I knew it highly unlikely, but I still wondered if I might be able to somehow fix it. It had served me well over the years.
It’s strange how we can get attached to inanimate objects like trail gear- especially a sleeping pad (Ty) that had mold growing on the inside of it , or a puffy coat (Jack) with more patches than down fill. Then Ty sprung a leak the next day when I jumped on him too aggressively while getting in the lake to go for a float, leaving me flat on the ground that night. Ty said “enough” (I heard it) and so did I. Sadly, we parted ways.
When I got home and began searching for a new inflatable pad, I looked at the usual suspects: REI, Thermarest, Nemo, etc. Then I stumbled upon the Sleepingo sleeping pad at less than half the cost of the majority.
I was looking for something with some decent thickness and R-value that is relatively light and still packs down small. The Sleepingo packs down to just larger than a liter water bottle and weighs 14.5 ounces.
It comes with its own patch kit, though I’m not sure if this is good customer service or a harbinger of things to come. Regardless, it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Another nice feature is that it only took about a dozen large breaths for me to blow it up. This is good for when a flatlander like me is inflating at high altitude. I’d rather not pass out and roll down the mountain.
At first look, I was a bit worried about comfort. While the Sleepingo is 2″ thick, the criss-cross pattern of the seams makes it much thinner in some areas. I worried I would feel those rocks and twigs under me, or that my hip might go numb while sleeping on my side.
I had read a couple reviews that the pad had leaked on first use so I wanted to check it out ahead of hitting the trail. A power outage during hot weather gave me the perfect excuse and I slept on it in my basement. It was comfortable and kept the coldness of the concrete away, and more importantly it didn’t leak. However, I was sleeping on a very smooth surface with thick carpet so I didn’t get too excited.
The black rubber flap valve is great for deflation. Simply pop it out with your finger and you have instant deflation. No pushing or rolling the air out.
I then tried it on the trail in Yellowstone National Park. It was my wife’s first backpacking overnighter so I bought a second one. I had other larger pads at home that she could have used but since we would be flying I liked the compact size of the Sleepingo when deflated, and the price, so I purchased a second one. I was doubtful that she would sleep comfortably on it. Our last camping trip together was on a queen size air mattress at least a foot thick.
Morning came and my wife and I were both pleasantly surprised by the comfort. We did not feel the ground or the cold from below, even though it dropped to 35 degrees that night. It will need several more uses without leaks before it can pass the durability inspection. Assuming it does, this sleeping pad, or Sally as we’ve come to know her, is well worth the money.
Cost: $39.95 on Amazon
Weight: 14.5 ounces
Dimensions: 75″ x 23″
Not Tested: Durability over multiple trips.
Would I recommend: Yes. While there are lighter, more compact, and more comfortable pads out there, the Sleepingo scores well in all those categories. Throw in the nice inflation/deflation features and the comparatively low cost and this is a great value, assuming it holds up to numerous uses.