Broadstone Foam Sleeping Pad, 24 x 70-in
Thin and fragile
We just bought these for a short trip to another city where we have our air mattresses stored, but we haven't left the house yet, and already this foam pad is getting damaged. I bought this thin lightweight one, which is less than half the thickness of the Roots foam one, for my 6 yr old son, being as he is very lightweight. But just pulling at the included elastics that keep it rolled, he has managed to gouge out parts of the foam with his fingernails. Very fragile. And as another has noted, the foam compresses very easily, and even just the elastics that hold it rolled leave compression marks in it. The cheap blue or purple foam pads I got in the 1980s are in better shape still than this one after 4 hours. He does seem to be sleeping ok on the livingroom floor, so I suppose it will do its job for the short while we really need it, but it is a pretty disposable product. Try the Roots one, dark grey, that is much thicker, and the foam is more solid.
June 27, 2012
Not at all durable
Whatever happened to the ubiquitous cheap blue foam sleeping pad? The inexpensive pads that are more common now are like this one - the foam is soft, tears easy and if it's crushed takes a mark and does not spring back ever. For instance - strap these too tightly to a pack with a bungee cord or cinch strap and there will be a permanent line where the bungee cord once was. If you use and abuse stuff - look for something better - firmer, stronger (and, unfortunately, more expensive).
Although they feel soft and comfortable at first, the thin foam compresses too easily so doesn't support you well under the pressure points - especially my hips when sleeping on my side.
March 29, 2010
All that's Needed
these do a terrific job of keeping the dampness of the ground and some of the uneveness (bumps) in the ground from disturbing your sleep. They're relatively cheap, fold up well and do what they're intended to do.
October 24, 2007