Poll: What do you sleep on mostly when canoe camping?

What do you sleep on mostly when canoe camping?

  • Nothing - basically just a ground cloth

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Solid foam pad

    Votes: 3 5.8%
  • Hybrid foam/air pad like a ThermaRest

    Votes: 16 30.8%
  • Air mattress

    Votes: 18 34.6%
  • Cot

    Votes: 1 1.9%
  • Hammock

    Votes: 14 26.9%
  • Something else (what?)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    52
Joined
Jul 31, 2011
Messages
474
Reaction score
162
Location
Dodgeville, Wi
Not wanting to thread drift too far here, but there are greenbriar thorns and sharp shell fragments aplenty in some places I trip. I inspect the tent area, but even a sharp pine cone prickle fragment could be weighted pad deflation deadly. I’m thinking about incorporating a secondary puncture resistant ground cloth, to use as extra protection when sharps conditions merit.

Great point Mike. I use a heavy but effective 7x7 ground cloth in my bed roll, egyption cotton high thread count and water proof, it keeps wet, damp ground off me and protects from sharp stuff. Also, my Lean 1 plus has no floor, nor does my Wintertrekker.
 
Joined
Feb 14, 2020
Messages
287
Reaction score
94
Location
Goshen CT
I use a 3” foam pad that was originally for my cot these days. I used a thermarest pad or air mattress hybrid for years, but lately have found I sleep best on a foam pad on the ground. It is bulky and fills a 70L pack, but is worth it for me. I enjoy hammocks, but not for a long period. The cot only goes on hunting trips in my truck. Getting older isn’t fun. Too many years of abusing my back. Dirt bikes, college football, manual labor etc.

Bob
 
Joined
Sep 20, 2019
Messages
148
Reaction score
79
Location
Southwest Quebec
Once you hang you'll never want to go to ground again.

And spring for a good Under Quilt
I'm going back. I have a Canadian, cottage-industry "Little Shop of Hammocks" Warrior Lite as well as a Warbonnet Blackbird XLC. I am lucky to have a small wooded area at the back of my property and I basically slept in each of them over the course of a couple of summers. Never comfortable - either hyperextended knees, numb heels, or a devastating headache. I could mitigate the effects with strategically placed pillows, but that was a PITA and not to mention made getting out for a pee even less enthralling. And before the typical barrage of recommendations start flowing in - I have tried all manners of "pitches", I own a well-read copy of "The Ultimate Hang," and I am not interested in bridge hammocks. It sucks, because I really do like the concept.

As for mattresses, I have an old-school, self-inflating Thermarest that I need to replace - it's old and went flat on me during a trip. As such, I have a distrust of things inflatable. I'm contemplating a closed-cell foam model - leaning towards an Exped Flexmat. For couples trips, my wife and I share a Klymit insulated Double V (bought before my flat mattress experience) under a North Face Dolomite Double down bag. The Klymit gets mixed reviews but we like it. You use the bag to inflate it, which can be a bit of a faff at first. Of course now I fully expect it to spring a leak in some unrepairable location.
 
Joined
Jun 3, 2015
Messages
1,333
Reaction score
467
Location
Anchorage Alaska / Pocono Mts.
I recently used my old Thermorest base camps and they were comfortable. The problem is they are way too bulky and they could be easier to squeeze the air out and roll up. I switched to inflatables a few seasons ago and love them, one is a Klimat and the other an Exped. They seem to be just as comfortable as the Thermorest but much easier to roll up and especially pack. Two Base Camps almost need their own pack.
 
Joined
Jul 11, 2014
Messages
4,406
Reaction score
677
Location
Ontario Canada
Picked up a couple gently used Therma - Neoairs and have been sleeping like beauties ever since.

Thanks Al for the heads up on the Tear Aid tape, much appreciated.
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2016
Messages
424
Reaction score
176
Location
Bangor, Maine
...
As for mattresses, I have an old-school, self-inflating Thermarest that I need to replace - it's old and went flat on me during a trip. As such, I have a distrust of things inflatable. ...

That's where I am too. Balloons are fun until they pop.

I use two ridgerests, one in the tent and one between the footprint and the tent floor. This seems to work well enough for warmth and padding, and it protects the tent floor from knee-on-pinecone type damage when I'm crawling around. It's not posh, but they're light enough (14-16oz ea) that I could even bring a third.

The rolled up ridgerests stay in the boat for portages, are extra floatation, and make a decent seat at a shore lunch stop. They could come in handy blocking a wheel while changing a tire ... I like gear that isn't fragile. I have about 4.5 of them, two for me, two for the wife, and the remnants of the one I cut up for tractor seat padding.
 
Joined
Oct 24, 2021
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
I use a Walmart yoga mat. It works. I tried a klymit static v? But it popped right away, and the pressure drops with freezing Temps. The yoga mat is fine.
 
Joined
Sep 13, 2021
Messages
4
Reaction score
3
I always bring a solid foam pad as well as a lightweight Exped air mat. The exped punctures so frequently (or worse yet, the interior walls come apart creating a balloon instead of a pad) so I always bring a closed cell foam pad. I use it doubled up in the canoe as knee kushion when kneeling. It dries quite fast in the sun or by the campfire so you have something to sit on before it's time to go to bed and then I use it under my air mat in the tent.
 
Joined
Nov 23, 2012
Messages
725
Reaction score
103
Location
Western Adirondacks
More than anything else, the hammock allows me to not be very picky about selecting a campsite when canoe camping. I have set up over viirtually every type of ground, uneven, brushy, rocky.wet, on steep slopes, you name it, it can be done comfortably. As long as I can find two trees between 9-15 feet apart, I am good.
 

Glenn MacGrady

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 24, 2012
Messages
2,150
Reaction score
540
Location
Connecticut
I always bring a solid foam pad as well as a lightweight Exped air mat. The exped punctures so frequently (or worse yet, the interior walls come apart creating a balloon instead of a pad) so I always bring a closed cell foam pad. I use it doubled up in the canoe as knee kushion when kneeling. It dries quite fast in the sun or by the campfire so you have something to sit on before it's time to go to bed and then I use it under my air mat in the tent.

Welcome to site membership, Thestripper.

It would be of interest if you included your location in your profile so it shows up next to your posts, given that you appear to be outside of North America.
 
Top