When I am not working with technology, I can often be found in the backcountry; always happiest in the presence of mountains. In 2014 I successfully completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with my three kids. I am the founder and principal developer of Outsideways. Husband of @reneetougas, and father of @celine, @mypictograph and @brienne.
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Gear failure! This pad has been causing me nothing but problems on our trip. The last straw was last night, when while @reneetougas and I were sitting in our tent, we heard a “popping” sound (not unlike the sound of rain). We had no idea what it was. I started looking around and much to my horror discovered the internal baffles of my pad slowly delaminating as I sat on it.
Two things: considering how much I have used this pad, I am not surprised. It has survived at least 2500 trail miles, with virtually no issues - impressive for any piece of gear. Secondly, this is actually considered a manufacturing defect, and since Thermarest has a lifetime warranty, they will repair or replace it for me. Nothing like quality gear that is both light, durable, and backed by a fantastic warranty. I would not hesitate to buy this one again, it has been one of my favourite pieces of gear.
Great warranty aside, I will not be able to get a replacement in the next 24 hours, and thus I will have to purchase something cheap in Rutland (probably a Z-rest) to use for the remainder of the trip.
Hmmm... according to @Guthook, we have gained a LOT of altitude... did we take a wrong turn somewhere :-)
@reneetougas grinding up the last rocky climb before our camp spot for the night.