Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-14-08, 01:15 AM   #1
StuckInMud
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thermarest Prolite 4

Being of 189 cms height myself, would the Prolite 4 regular be adequate? It is of 185 cms height.

Last edited by StuckInMud; 02-14-08 at 01:32 AM.
StuckInMud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 07:33 AM   #2
Speedo
Senior Member
 
Speedo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Boston Area
Bikes: Univega Gran Turismo, Guerciotti, Bridgestone MB2, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Serotta Ti
Posts: 1,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you plan to use it in warmish weather then I wouldn't think twice about it. You'll see that there are thigh length pads out there. For comfort they are head and shoulders (and hips and buttocks) better than nothing. The full length pads are more comfortable.

I'm 6'3" and use a 6' pad. The 3" overhang doesn't bother me a bit.

Speedo

Last edited by Speedo; 02-15-08 at 09:35 AM.
Speedo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 07:34 AM   #3
nun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes: Rivendell Quickbeam, Rivendell Rambouillet, Rivendell Atlantis, Circle A town bike, De Rosa Neo Primato, Cervelo RS
Posts: 3,273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
It depends on how much comfort you like. but I think it sound a bit short. Look a Big Agnes pads. They are not self inflating, and they are a bit heavier than the Prolite, but you can get long versions, they are far more comfortable and pack down to a smaller size.
nun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 09:28 PM   #4
BigBlueToe
Senior Member
 
BigBlueToe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
Posts: 3,388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think it's a weight to comfort ratio problem. My first Thermarest was a full length, thick one. It was very comfortable, but it was also heavy. I had other items like that I brought on my first long tour - comfortable but a little heavy. It all added up. My rig weighed a ton and I ended up with a serious spoke-breaking problem the spoiled the second half of the tour.

Before my next tour a couple of years later I replaced some of my equipment - including my tent and my Thermarest - with smaller, lighter stuff. I still had some comfort items, but the whole rig was significantly lighter. I had a much easier time riding up hills, and didn't break a spoke.

The second Thermarest was a 3/4 length model. My torso and hips were supported, but my legs weren't. It didn't bother me that much and I felt the weight savings was definitely worth it.

HOWEVER, before my last tour I bought a Big Agnes Insulated Core air mattress. It's full length, more comfortable than either Thermarest ever was, much smaller when rolled up, and I think it's fairly equal to the smaller Thermarest in terms of weight. I love it! You have to blow it up every night, but it only takes me two minutes, and I don't mind. I also don't know how durable it will be. I'm worried because if it loses air it will be worthless, while the Thermarest at least has a little foam inside to cushion me if it fails. But so far, the Big Agnes has been a wonderful purchase.
BigBlueToe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 10:31 PM   #5
niknak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
In my experience the Prolite 4 insulates better and is less hassle than the Big Agnes people on here rave about. I use one of those compact Prolite 4s that only covers down to about my knees. I place some clothes under my feet as padding and insulation if its cold. I imagine both models are equally durable if cared for properly.
niknak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 11:05 PM   #6
arctos
40 yrs bike touring
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Santa Barbara,CA.
Bikes: Bruce Gordon Ti Rock N Road [1989], Fat Chance Mountain Tandem [1988]
Posts: 995
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
For twenty years I used a short thermarest with good results.

Recently I tried the Big Agnes Insulated Core pad and loved the comfort but had three fail in short order, not from punctures, but from some internal separation.

I have returned to a Thermarest, the Pro 3 short which is more comfortable than my original one and a few ounces lighter.
arctos is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:20 PM.