Sleeping pads for side sleepers

Camohunter

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Anyone have advice for pad options for side sleepers. Trying to remove extra pressure from my hips.
 

Desk Jockey

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Sea to summit ether light insulated. 4 inches thick. I am a side sleeper, #250 and I haven’t been able to bottom it out.
 

mmac

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I have a nemo tensor insulated and it is 3 inches, sleeps well and light. Not sure if weight is a concern.
 

Napperm4

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I’m a big guy at about 225 lbs. side sleeper. Anything 3” thick or better is great for keeping pressure off my hips.

I’ve used Big Agnes Q core, thermarest neoair and am waiting for my Nemo tensor to ship. Tried one in the store and the nemo is the most comfortable so far
 

Ddog

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Klymit V Luxe, slept better than home. The wide version is great on a cot, if you use one.
 
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Camohunter

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I do use a cot quite a bit. I’ll start with that one. Would have come in handy on my last overseas trip. Hotel beds were so dang hard. I brought my 2” pad and it helped some.
 

camping1601

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I've used the BA ones myself with good results, but found them a little on the cold side. Currently using the Exped Synmat with good results. I went to a wide as well and found it light years better for side sleeping.
 

IDTravis

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Another tip is to put your glassing pad under your air pad in your hip area. It adds a little extra support to ease the pressure off your hips.
 

elkstabber

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Another fan of the Exped Synmat. It's heavier than my two other pads (Big Agnes) but I prefer it. I start off sleeping on my back. The Exped Synmat has raised edges that make it more comfortable for back sleeping. Then, in the middle of the night I flip flop on my sides and the Synmat is thick enough to be comfortable for that too. Another bonus of the Exped is that you can get a Schnozzel bag, which fills your bag in a minute or two. It's way better than huffing and puffing for 10 minutes or more to blow it up with your mouth.
 

DBlack

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I to am a side sleeper an in the market for a quality sleep pad. Thank you camohunter for the question an every one else for the advice.
 

Pghhunter

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Nemo Tensor has worked for me the last few seasons. I’m 6’ 215 and haven’t bottomed out.

Only complaint is it’s a tad noisy.
 
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