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The 2 Best Sleeping Pads of Summer 2012

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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core

Whereas most pads use either horizontal or vertical baffles, Big Agnes’s 3.5-inch-thick Insulated Q-Core employs both. The result: it’s comfier, and you’re less likely to slide off. Polyester insulation woven with heat-reflective silver threads helps boost warmth.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite

We’ve been fans of Therm-a-Rest’s NeoAir pads for years. This updated version, the NeoAir Xlite is two ounces lighter (it’s more tapered) and warmer (the internal reflective barrier now bounces back 25 percent of your body heat).

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