Size Matters: Brooks-Range Alpini Sleeping Pad


When it comes to sleeping outdoors, people gravitate toward several distinct settings, including car camping, backpacking, and places that would make your mother shiver with fright. The BROOKS-RANGE ALPINI SLEEPING PAD ($59.95, is designed for those who frequent the last category. Weighing in at a lean 17.1 ounces, this inflatable pad is designed for the weight-conscious mountaineer. You won’t have trouble fitting the Alpini Pad into your pack before an alpine-style ascent—it packs down to the size of a French press. When inflated, this pad runs from your melon to just below your butt. This shouldn’t present a problem for the minimalist alpine warrior, although your lower half might shiver. A simple remedy involves placing your climbing pack between your hamstrings and your feet when it’s time for a solid night’s sleep— or that shivery wait for dawn. Befitting the Alpini pad’s intended use is what’s printed on the pad itself: SOS numbers, helicopter extraction instructions, and a checkerboard. —DM