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Long story short, I had unrolled and laid out my pad, an Alps Mountaineering lightweight, and my cat ran across it, lengthwise, claws out.  I wasn't able to see any specific holes, but a bunch of pin-pricks would definitely impact the air retention.

I had it out to use at a church over-night that I chaperoned for my son, and by morning I was on the floor, enough that when I got up and opened the valve, air rushed in, rather than out.

Would spraying with seam sealant or something similar work, or am I in need of a new pad?
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New pad.

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Fill up your bathtup with water and inflate your pad. Then suck it down in the water to see if you can find where it is leaking from. It may have only a hole or two and not multiple. Then use the sealant that came with the pad to repair it.
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What about that sealant that's advertised on TV for gutters etc.  The one they show sealing a screen bottom in a boat.

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I've always found soapy water to work nicely. I strongly inflate the thing then spray soapy water on it and heavily weight it down and look for bubbles. I can pressurize more that way and it's easier to mark the precise location of any leaks.

I too would go with the manufacturers sealant if available.
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What about that sealant that's advertised on TV for gutters etc.  The one they show sealing a screen bottom in a boat.

That stuffs HEAVY.

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What about that sealant that's advertised on TV for gutters etc.  The one they show sealing a screen bottom in a boat.

Your sleeping bag wouldn't move easily off your pad...
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Your sleeping bag wouldn't move easily off your pad...

That would be a good thing.  I don't imagine coating the entire pad, just the puncture area.


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Seriously though...A patch is what I would use. They, uh, do make patches for this kind of issue.

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closed cell foam, baby.  one for summer, 2 of them stacked for winter.  bulky, but cheap and durable.
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I bought a thermarest at the rei garage sale that had a pin hole in it.  A drop of glue that came with the patch kit has held for almost 10 years.  I would bet that any silicone glue would work just as well.
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