I am usually willing to sacrifice a name brand for price any day but when it comes to ground pads I stick to what I know. That either means Ridgerest or Thermarest (OK, so then there are the military ones). The reason is that first I had my Ridgerest as a kid for seven years with no issues and it worked great. Then the reason for Thermarest is they have a lifetime warranty and you can replace and repair them. My dad had replaced the air valve twice on his and it looked like a porcupine slept on it because all of the repair patches. The thing is it still worked and it was nice.
Here is the money shot of Pete the Chicken eating dog food right out of the dog bowl. I figured out what my problem is when trying to photograph her. She is scared of the flash on the camera. We have a routine now where the dogs go out in the morning to do their business. Then the dogs sit and watch Pete-vision and that is when I know to let them in. Last I let Pete the Chicken out and now she runs over to the dog bowl to see if any food is left then she hits the water bowl. She loves those dogs, only if they would stop trying to eat her when they are both out at the same time.