The Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad (MSRP $69.95) is a full length warm weather sleeping pad that only weighs 12.6 ounces (on the SectionHiker digital scale). It packs up super small and is a good choice when you want to go light but not skimp out on your sleeping comfort. It reminds me of the transparent Big Agnes Clearview Sleeping Pad that I used when I hiked the Long Trail in 2008, which is still available today.
Available as a mummy or rectangular pad, in 20″ or 25″ widths and numerous lengths, the Green Ridge is made using green-tinted polyurethane and looks a lot like a swimming pool mattress although it has a robust inflation valve and a solid feel to it. Being an inflatable pad, the green tint is useful to hide the moisture build up that can occur inside the pad when you inflate it with your breath.
A whopping 3.75″ thick when inflated, the Green Ridge is super comfortable to sleep on for back or side sleepers, with diagonal shaped contours that conform to your shape and help keep you on the pad at night. As a side sleeper, I find the extra thickness of the pad helps cushion my hips much better than a thinner sleeping pad.
However, the Green Ridge folds flat when deflated, making it suitable for trips where you want the smallest volume load possible without sacrificing comfort. When rolled or folded up, the deflated pad just takes up about 1 liter of space, the size of a Nalgene bottle.
If you sleep with a backpacking quilt, I do recommend that you sleep with clothing when using the Green Ridge sleeping pad, since the surface of the pad can be a bit slippery when it comes in contact with moist skin.
With an estimated R-value of 1.5, the Green Ridge is rated down to 35 degrees by Big Agnes, which is a bit optimistic since it doesn’t contain any form of insulation (See Sleeping Pad R-Values). Based on my experience, I’d rate its minimum temperature at 45-50 degrees, although it does excel at keeping you cooler on hot summer nights.
Disclosure: Big Agnes provided Philip Werner with a sample Green Ridge Sleeping Pad for this review.
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