Are moisture barrier carpet pads (Nike StepAhead) really noisy?

dukehoops02July 6, 2014


Just ordered new carpet + pad from the Home Depot and am wondering whether I made a mistake with my pad selection.

I ordered 70oz Softly 2 carpet (link: and Nike StepAhead 8lb moisture barrier padding (link: There are several reviews of the latter complaining of creaking noise coming from the pad - even a YouTube video demo'ing it (link: Other people say that the creaking is likely due to a thin carpet. (In which case I think I'd be in the clear)

Not sure which is the case. Does anyone have experience with the above carpet + pad combination? Any opinion on whether the StepAhead (and/or moisture barrier pads in general) cause cracking or squeaking noise?

Thank you,

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