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Inflate A Sleeping Pad With A Trash Compactor Bag

Lightweight backpacking is about making the most out of the gear you bring with you. Finding multiple uses for your gear is one of the most cost efficient and ingenious ways to save weight. With a little creativity you can find that you really don’t need to bring items that serve small jobs. Ditch that backcountry pillow and use a fleece lined stuff sack instead or invest a shelter that uses trekking poles for support.

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One piece of gear will serve multiple purposes, but will also impress your camping companions and save you from passing out after a long day hiking.  It never fails when I bust this move at a crowded shelter on the AT that someone doesn’t take me aside and timidly say, “Hey, could show me how to do that?”  While it takes a bit of practice, anyone can do this. A trash compactor bag is a cheap and genius way to keep your gear dry and serve another purpose. Intrigued? Take a gander at the video below! This tip was sent to us by Gossamer Gear customer Rigatoni Noodlehead.


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5 Responses to Inflate A Sleeping Pad With A Trash Compactor Bag

  1. John April 3, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    Good Job !!!

  2. peabody3000 April 3, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    I have a smaller ultralight pad and prefer to use a subway sandwich cellophane bag to inflate both it and my pillow. I would never ever use my humid breath on my camp equipment which leads to mildew and insulation loss. The bag is practically weightless and has the ideal shape, long and narrow, for this kind of application. For me it takes just 2 or 3 gulps of air to do the job, but its smaller size wouldnt be great for bigger thicker pads.

  3. Greg Vizzi aka: EZVZ April 3, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    That’s brilliant, Rig. Love the simplicity and effectiveness of it. Well done!

  4. grateful geezer April 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Did this for a while with my Exped mat. Find a wine cork that fits snugly into the valve, drill a hole in it for the air to go thru. Cut a little hole in the corner of the trash bag, stick the cork thru and secure with rubber bands. Worked great, but I now use the Exped Schnozzle pumpbag which also serves as my bear bag and waterproof stuff sack. My hiking buddies can use it too, because they have Exped pads with the same valve configuration. Gotta love these multi-use items! And yes, never blow up a mat with your humid breath.

  5. Possum April 11, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Rig is the most gangsta outdoorsman that I know! Hopefully he has worked out the kinks and will post a video of how he fords rivers with that same neo-air. It is magical.

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