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2011

Kelty Recluse 2.5 NI and High Peak Alpinizmo Light 'n Fast Sleeping Pads review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Kelty Recluse 2.5 NIStriking a balance between comfort and warmth is the goal with a backpacking sleeping pad. An air pad can provide both. And still pack down to a smallish size and weigh little.

I had time to try out a few recently releases mummy-shaped sleeping pads from Kelty and High Gear. Both impressed and could be an option for your next backpacking outing.

Kelty Recluse 2.5 NI

The Kelty Recluse 2.5 NI was released earlier in 2011. Its packed weight is just under 2 pounds (1 pound, 15 ounces) and sized at 6 by 11 inches. It's not sized for through hiking, but it's packable for multi-day trips.

Inflating the sleeping pad is done in a few minutes with a built-in hand pump. Eight air channels provide comfort and insulation. I have broader shoulders, so the 23-inch diameter fits better than narrower pads. And waking up with the Recluse 2.5 NI fully under me and my bag is a nice surprise.

Opening the exhaust valve and laying on it deflates the Kelty Recluse 2.5 NI. It's made of a combo of TPU and nylon and Kelty includes a stuff sack and repair kit. (MSRP $69.95)

High Peak Alpinizmo Light ‘n FastHigh Peak Alpinizmo Light 'n Fast

For a lighter and compact sleeping pad, the new High Peak Alpinizmo Light 'n Fast is an alternative for longer trips and through hiking. In the accompanying stuff sack, the pad weighs a pound and 5 ounces and measures 11" by 6".

The Alpinizmo Light 'n Fast inflates to an inch thick with a few puffs of your breathe in the intake/exhaust valve. Or just twist open the valve and let it self-inflate. It's narrower than the Recluse 2.5 NI at the shoulders measuring 20 inches.

Its backpack friendly size does sacrifice a bit on comfort and insulation, but the trade off is worth it. A PU foam construction gave me a comfortable night of rest when tested and stayed glue to my mummy bag.

Twist open the valve to deflate the Alpinizmo Light 'n Fast. It's self deflate as you boil water for your breakfast before hiking back to the trailhead. (MSRP $68)


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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