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Old 02-27-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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"Reviving" a Thermarest?

A friend of my wife's offered us her old Thermarest sleeping pad. Her parents run an outdoor/camping/army surplus store in central Illinois so I figured she would have stored it 'properly' (unrolled) all these years. Sadly, she did not. It's been rolled up for at least 10 years, if not longer.

At this point, will it "come back to life" if I unroll it, inflate it and let it sit like that for a few months (until I plan to use it, this Summer)?

Or, is it shot?

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Old 02-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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I have never left a Thermarest rolled up nearly that long but I have had them bounce right back after being rolled up for 6 months to a year. Give it a shot, I guess. Worst case is that it's shot, but I would imagine that it will come back at least most of the way.

It might help to add a couple breaths into the valve to inflate it a little extra.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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It's prolly good

As long as it aint been bakin in the sun it should be alright. Just unroll it and blow it up tight with lung power and let her chill out overnight. Open the valve the next day and let the moisture from your breath dry out. I store mine unrolled with the valve open. They can get funky if filled by mouth and left closed for a while.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:34 AM   #4
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It's been stored indoors (in her camping equipment, I would guess) based on the fact that the stuff sack is the exact same color as the mattress itself. I would think that the stuff sack would be somewhat sun bleached if it had been exposed to light all these years.

I'll unroll/inflate it and see what happens. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:18 AM   #5
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I have 3 Thermarests.

They come rolled up from the factory tighter than you could ever get them! And who knows how long they have been sitting like that in the store.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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I have 2 therma rests in the garage that have been rolled up for 20 years. No problem. They even still hold air.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
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Hmm, well, OK then. I feel better about my 'freebie' now. Thanks All.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:35 PM   #8
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If you have a problem with it, Thermarest stands behind their products and will take care of you.
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