AZZPad Adventure Seat

The AZZPad Adventure Seat is no ordinary “sit pad.” The AZZPad is a “durable, lightweight, insulated, reflective, mighty thin seat for hikers and backpackers!”  The folks over at Simple Outdoor Store got tired of the havoc that sharp rocks, cactus thorns and other types of debris wreaked upon their pads when using them as seats, so they decided to create a beefed-up sit pad… or, the AZZPad…

They started with a piece of polyethylene closed cell foam pad and decided to give it a tough outer skin made from Cordura. This highly durable material will protect the foam pad inside, which in the end will give this sit pad more overall life. They also decided to add a DWR coating to the outside of the Cordura to keep the material from absorbing moisture. Then they decided to add some reflective material in one of the corners to make it easy to spot in the night.

Once they were done, they ended up with a pad that measures 10 inches wide, 14 inches long and about 1/2 inch thick and weighing in at 3.5 oz (for the one I received). Also, the pad is listed to have a whooping R-Value of 4! (Which will come in handy on those snow trips…)

So, in the end, this should be a tough little pad that will keep my bum from getting numb! What more could I ask for?! Maybe an assortment of colors.? Well, they do that too… they offer the AZZPad’s in orange, yellow, green, clay or black…

So, on paper, this looks pretty promising, and despite the weight, I look forward to taking the AZZPad out with me on the next few trips to see how it actually holds up, and of course to how well it keeps my bum from freezing when sitting on the snow. I like the idea of having a dedicated sit pad rather than having to use my sleeping pad on the trail, where it can be damaged, or even just dirtier than it has to be. But of course, only time on the trail with it will really tell me if I like this idea or not…

Until then, thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: 11/24/12

Since posting this write-up, Dave (the owner of Simple Outdoor Store) has informed me that he has decided to rename the pad to simply, the “Adventure Seat” in order to have a more family-friendly name. I will admit, when my children were around I made sure to call this pad the “butt pad” rather than the AZZPad, so in my opinion, this was a great idea on Dave’s part.

As well, I also asked Dave about having the option of changing out the pad if ever need be. He informed me that these pads have a lifetime warranty. So, if the pad wears out, simply send it back and they will replace it!

And last but not least, on November 26th (AKA: “Cyber Monday”) a free Adventure Seat will be shipped with every order made on that day only! And yes, you do get to decide which color you want! (More information can be found on the Simple Outdoor Store home page.)

~Stick~

Disclaimer: Dave from Simple Outdoor Store provided me with this AZZPad Adventure Seat for the purpose of providing some feedback to him. I am under no obligation to “review” this pad.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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6 Responses to AZZPad Adventure Seat

  1. Brian Green says:

    Thanks for sharing this and the great review. I’m going to have to track one of these down too. Damn you and your gear addiction! 🙂

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  2. John Church says:

    I had ZPacks make me a sit pad/door mat out of the cuben fiber weight that they use for a ground sheet. I haven’t weighed it but is pretty light.
    John Church aka Johnnie Walker

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      I have used my ZPacks CloudKilt a number of times as both a porch for my tents as well as a sit pad, as well as a ground sheet under my sleeping pads. But I tell ya, it doesn’t do a durn thing as far as keeping my bum warm when sitting on top of it on snow! In fact, I think it amplifies the coldness! 🙂

      My CloudKilt is made from 1.26 cuben, which Joe does not carry anymore. My ground sheet inside my Hexamid is made from 0.74 cuben. I would eventually like to get another kilt, but ask for a custom size, and then go with 0.74 cuben. Saying that, I would not want to use 0.74 as a full time ground sheet (the one in my Hexamid actually goes on top of the mesh floor, so it is not in direct contact with the ground). But, for this I think 0.74 is just fine for my needs.

      ~Stick~

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  3. Interesting. Will have to track one down to try out.

    So if you put it in a pan (say, a turkey pan) and put some water into the pan, how fast does the azzpad suck up all of the water in the pan?? Not asking you to do that, just what came to mind when I first saw it.

    Have to agree with you on the DWR very quickly deteriorating and thus having to be re-applied – and if it would even be worth it to re-apply another coating of McNett ReviveX.

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    • Stick says:

      John,

      If you get one I would like to hear your thoughts… and as far as your experiment…I think you have Thanksgiving on the brain! 🙂

      Really though, it sounds like a good idea, maybe I should try it just to see, although, being that it is not seam sealed I imagine that it would soak up some water through the seams, and then may hold onto it for a bit…

      ~Stick~

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