If you’ve ever packed an inflatable sleeping pad, you’ve almost certainly discovered how challenging it can be to fully deflate it. Even a small amount of residual air increases the pad’s size when it’s rolled up, which can result in an intense wrestling match between you, your still-slightly-puffy sleeping pad, and the pad’s stuff sack.
Even without a stuff sack challenge, knowing how to maximally deflate your sleeping pad allows you to carry it in its most compact form—always a plus. So here’s how to do it.
Of course, you can avoid the minor irritation of the inflation-deflation game entirely by going with a foam pad instead (see: Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite), but if comfort makes the call you can’t beat the cush of an inflatable pad. Roll on!
Equipped is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.