Q: How far have we come in backpacking technology in the last 30 yrs?
A: Not as far as you might think
This ad comes from an old 1977 copy of Backpacker Magazine:
Individually inflated components! Awesome if you get a puncture – it will just affect one segment vs. the entire pad. Surprisingly, at 20oz, this air mattress isn't all that far off a modern Themarest Prolite air mattress today.
When you think of how far the computing industry has evolved in a similar time period, isn't it time the backpacking industry took some bigger leaps?
Where's my 2oz sleeping pad made of puncture-free space-age materials?
Where's my just add water and it inflates from the size of a pea to a super-comfy feather bed air mattress?
What about the gravity-defying or rocket-booster backpack?