Survival Hax Self Inflating Sleeping Pad Review
The fine folks at Survival Hax sent me this self-inflating sleeping pad for review. Although sleeping pads are not as cool as some other BOB items they are one of the most important.
When I began building my first Bug Out Bag many years ago a sleeping mat was one of the first things I ever bought. For a very important reason. That reason is maintaining core body temperature and staying alive.
If you sleep on the ground or in a hammock without insulation beneath you will rapidly lose heat. Conduction is the method you loose heat on the ground.
When you come into contact with another surface heat transfer will occur. Transfer to a solid object will occur much more effectively than in air.
So to achieve the first rule of survival we have to prevent this heat loss. Sleeping pads are an effective way to accomplish this.
Let’s break down the stats on the Survival Hax sleeping mat.
The Survival Hax sleeping pad has several good things going for it.
It packs up smaller than any other sleeping mat I have owned. It is small enough to actually fit inside a pack. All of my other sleeping pads have to be strapped to the outside of my pack.
The Survival Hax self inflating sleeping pad is the firmest pad I have tested. Most of the self-inflating ones tend to be pretty soft. With this one, you can manually blow in it before closing the valve to get a bit firmer. Just be careful not to overinflate.
It inflates and deflates quick and easy. No messing around with a pump.
The Survival Hax sleeping pad has some room for improvement. It is small. Like really small. To translate the inches to feet 70.8 inches is 5.9 feet. To quote a comedian I heard once Manhood starts at 6 foot.
Being 6’1 myself this comes up a little short. Meaning either my head or feet will have to hang off. With a pillow or wearing boots, you could solve this.
Also at 19 inches wide it is pretty narrow. Big and tall guys will not have a good night.
In conclusion, the Survival Hax self-inflating sleeping pad is not for everyone. And that’s Ok. For most men, this pad is simply way too small.
If you are a tiny man, a child or a woman then this just might be what you are looking for. If so I do envy you being able to carry such a small packable sleeping mat.
What do you use for a sleeping pad? Closed Cell or self-inflating pad? Let me know in the comments.
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