I was about to purchase the new fancy Thermarest, but I had tried a 1" one in a store and found it useless (I am now 50 and need a bit more for backpacking!). I always research reviews online, and while everyone was seemingly happy with the expensive Thermarest, one backpacker had posted that he loved his "Big Agnes" and that it was basically the same in pack weight and bulk, but that Big Agnes was a proven product with a history and built tough. I found it had a great history and wasn't about to be a "flash in the pan" AND AT HALF THE PRICE! My wife and I purchased 2 of your sleep pads for the same price of one of the Thermarests from Campmor our favorite hiking and backpacking vendor.
I first experienced PrimaLoft when I purchased a jacket from L.L. Bean. It is the best jacket I've ever worn; light, superwarm, breathable, with great movability. Since then I've bought two more PrimaLoft jackets and will always have one.
Sara Phelan of Wanderlust in Sackville, New Brunswick, first told me of the benefits of the Sierra Design's Chockstone jacket. I bought it on the spot and have never bought another item with down since. We replaced our boots with PrimaLoft lined models from North Face this year for snowshoeing. I have been trying to explain to my friends for an upcoming overnighter that the PrimaLoft bags we are thinking of getting are the way to go. Thanks for the great product.
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