Sleeping Pad 2010 Editors’ Choice Awards announced by SuperTopo.com

Sleeping Pad Awards announced by SuperTopo.com Gear Reviews for Editor’s Choice, Best Buy and Recommended.
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MILL VALLEY, CA--SuperTopo.com, one of the most popular climbing web sites in the world, revealed today the results of the SuperTopo 2010 Editors' Choice Awards for Sleeping Pad category, listing this year's best sleeping pads and best value for sleeping pads. The SuperTopo.com staff chose the following winners after extensive field testing and road trips in Yosemite, Squamish and Smith Rocks. Each pad underwent extensive side by side tests to evaluate key performance metrics such as warmth, comfort, durability, weight, packed size and other factors. The complete sleeping pad review test results for 2010 are available on SuperTopo.com at http://www.supertopo.com/best/Sleeping-Pad-Review

The winners are:
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus – winner of the Editor's Choice Award for 2010 for sleeping pad. According to gear tester Max Neale, "You can stop reading other pad reviews now for you've found the pad that can do it all. Whether your next trip is a week on the snow or summer night on the beach, you'll be pleased that you bought the ProLite Plus. This is the warmest and most comfortable portable pad we reviewed. If we were to get have one pad this would be it. "

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite - winner of the Best Buy award for 2010. This award is given to a product that balances an extremely high score in our tests and a very reasonable price. According to Max Neale, "The Therm-a-Rest Z Lite is the go to sleeping pad for anyone with a high priority on price, durability, and weight. It works in just about any camping situation whether on a big wall, in Yosemite, or backpacking. There is no set up time or need to worry about packing it up. This is also the most compact closed-cell foam pad."

Therm-a-Rest ProLite - winner of the Recommended award for 2010. This award is given to products that scored very highly, and offered unique capabilities. According to Max Neale, "In our opinion the Therm-a-Rest ProLite is the finest minimalist sleeping pad on the market. It weighs a scant one pound, packs down to a size no one can complain about, and employs a durable time-tested design. "

Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar - winner of a Recommended award for 2010. According to Chris McNamara, "This is the most comfortable closed cell pad we reviewed. For a less voluminous and less comfortable, but cheaper option get the Ridge Rest. For a lighter and more compact pad get the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite. If you don't mind spending another $20 we recommend this over the Ridge Rest.."

REI Camp Bed 3.5 - winner of the Recommended award for 2010. According to Max Neale, "This is the most comfortable pad we reviewed. It has nice features like dual air valves, a very soft cover, and it comes with compression straps and a stuff sack. It's massive and cannot be carried far, but if you want a pad for car camping you can't go wrong and won't loose sleep over the decision to buy this. When compared to the REI Trekker 1.75 and luxury pads from Therm-a-Rest (such as the Luxury Map), the Camp Bed 3.5 is the best value. A strong recommend. "


About SuperTopo.com: SuperTopo offers the most detailed and exhaustive side-by-side comparison climbing gear review in the industry. Each product is evaluated on a common set of metrics, tested both hands-on and in a lab setting, and then field tested exhaustively on Yosemite's Big Walls, The Alaska Range, Cascades and other serious climbing areas around the world.
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Media Contact: Chris McNamara - 530.545.0424 - chris@supertopo.com

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