Therm-a-Rest Prolite Rocks!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used my Prolite on hundreds of miles of alpine backpacking trips over the past three years. I love this pad. It packs down small (4" diameter x 10" long), it's lightweight (my size regular is 16.4 oz) and it's comfortable. After being compressed and packed all day, this pad really isn't self-inflating** (I'm sure that can be attributed to the lightweight "diamond cut foam"). That's not a problem for me and I'll trade a few puffs of air (to inflate) for weight savings every time. This pad works best fully inflated. I'm a side-sleeper and I've camped on some pretty hard surfaces and I'm always impressed by how comfortable it is. Compressed pad fits well in a Sea to Summit extra small (xs) Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack (0.5 oz).
Pic shows Prolite mated with my Therm-A-Rest Compack Chair (see separate review).
**Note: Pad does self-inflate when left alone for many hours, such as drying out / airing out after a trip. As with all self-inflating-type pads, it should be stored "self-inflated" and flat with the valve open.