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!
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.)
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.