The quest for a dry back when hiking is never ending. I confess I punched a pattern of holes with a wad punch just like this in my Sitlight Pad prior to our Bartle Frère walk back in September for use on my Gorilla Pack. It certainly improved the situation a lot, but it was so humid in Nth Queensland it was hard to tell how efficacious the modification was. GG have added some wicking mesh as well which should improve the situation even further however. It only adds a fw grams, and makes a comfy trail seat during the day as well. Worth a try anyway at only US$24 (January 2018).
GG’s Airflow Sitlight Pad:
This DIY Dry Back Mod also works but need a bit more refinement:
‘This upgraded air flow sit pad doubles as a back panel padding for our packs and an ultralight camp chair. Available in 3 sizes.
For the Kumo or Murmur you will want the Medium size pad for all other packs order the same size as your pack.
The Air Flow Sit Light ultralight camp seat. Designed specifically to be used in the pad pocket of any of our overnight backpacks. This multi-use featherlight pad will give structure to your pack, cushion your back and allow some air to circulate between you and the pack while keeping the pack body close to you. The SitLight can also be used to sit on in camp or during breaks, to lengthen your existing sleep pad or as a base for your pillow.
The foam is amazingly light and strong for its density. The pads are tough, flexible and resilient, and exhibit good UV stability.
Weight – Varies slightly; all weights are approximate averages
- 3.53 oz / 100 g – Small
- 4.11 oz / 116.5 g – Medium
- 4.73 oz / 134 g – Large
- 10.75″ x 17″ / 27 x 43 x 2 cm – Small
- 10.75″ x 20″ / 27 x 50 x 2 cm – Medium
- 10.75″ x 23″ / 27 x 58 x 2 cm – Large
- Closed cell cross-linked EVA polyolefin foam and mesh’