not too soft, not too hard, just right
i got a small sleeping pad, so the compromise is that my feet dont get any room on it. other than that, its great to use on a cot below a sleeping bag (feels almost like a real bed!) and for outdoors camping. i did an indoors test with this pad and a sleeping bag, but for that firm a ground the was not supportive enough. when i slept on my side i used a rolled up sweatshirt below my pillow and that balanced me out a little more. great pad for the price, and can have various uses!