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Specs pic 2
The rest of the label showing R value.
Specs for Prolite 4
Since these show up on sale from time to time, and there's no specs listed for this specific pad, I thought I'd contribute. Looks like the regular size is 20 x 72, 1.5 in thick, 1 lb. 8 oz. and has an R value of 3.2.
How does this differ from the Prolite and...
How does this differ from the Prolite and the Prolite Plus? I can't find the "Therm-A-Rest Prolite 4" on REI's or Cascade Design's site, nor can I find specs for anything called the Prolite 4.
Is this lighter/thicker/warmer/better than either the Prolite or Prolite Plus?
The ProLite 4 is a 4-season alternative to the ProLite sleeping pad with more warmth (r-value of 3.2). The ProLite Plus is an improved version of the ProLite 4, offering even more warmth (r-value of 3.8) at a similar weight (ProLite 4= 24 oz and ProLite Plus=22 oz). Obviously, this difference in product efficiency is reflective in the price, the ProLite 4 is $94.95 and the ProLite Plus is $109.95.
For just a little more cash, you can get yourself an X-Therm. Worth it.
My first sleeping pad
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my first and only sleeping pad, so I can't compare it to anything. But I'm pretty damn pleased with it. I got the regular size when it was on sale, and although I'm 6'2 I've had no problem with it. I've used it both backpacking and just sleeping in the bed of my truck, and I love it. Seems to stay pretty warm, and as a sidesleeper I haven't felt my hipbones or shoulders dig into the ground. Which is nice!
great pad, go more comfy for car camping
therma-a-rest makes nothing but high quality pads. i've never had any issues with leaks or punctures, and i treated it pretty bad in my dumber days. like the description says, this is a great option for fast and light. my hips hit the ground when sleeping on my side, so if you're car camping, get a thicker pad.
Does this pad come with a stuff sack?
Does this pad come with a stuff sack?
There seem to be conflicting thoughts on this issue in the reviews...
Yes, all the ProLite pads come with stuff sacks.
what are the specs on this pad? length,...
what are the specs on this pad? length, weight, R-value? thanks!
They are available here: http://www.rei.com/product/829820/therm-a-rest-prolite-sleeping-pad
Great all arounder
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
If you aren't going to buy a quiver of pads for different conditions, this will work for almost all of them. Built tough, the little anti slip dots are great. Brand new it will take a manual inflation, but inflates well after that.
I have used this pad for 7 years, replacing a military issue sleeping pad (boy did I get flack for using an orange sleeping pad). It was the best item available for the job, and has been used with no sleeping bag, with a ranger roll, with a full military sleeping system, on cots, in the jungles of Thailand and the Philipines, the desert (Mojave, Iraq), mountains of California, Smokey Mountains, and in a snow cave. I think I used it for a year before realizing that there was a hole in it, and it still kept me warm when sleeping on the ground (just not as comfortable). This pad is excellent and has been updated into a more robust package with camouflage pattern and tougher material. Hopefully this will become standard issue, since we have to sleep on the ground, a good nights sleep on a comfy pad sure does make a difference. While I am purchasing a new sleeping pad, this one will continue to go everywhere I go (new one may get handed off to children or wife if it's not as good as this thermarest pad).
Full length is best
I have a 3/4 length prolite 4. I love the pad most of the time. My only regret is not getting a full length. For winter camping the 3/4 seems pointless other than that I love the pad.
The pad you need
If you have one pad, the Prolite 4 full size should be it. It's light and small enough to pack, yet thick enough to be comfy and warm in most conditions. No questions.
If you're wondering about a perfect pad for all seasons you have just found it. The pad is very light and packs down into a tight stuff sack. Additionally, the material is very durable and very comfortable, once fully inflated, it stays firm and retains shape as you snooze. It does take some time to inflate if you have it compressed for a long time, but if you manually blow into the valve it works great. However, in freezing conditions do not manually inflate, if the temperatures are cold enough the moisture from your breath can condense inside, which can damage the pad (must be VERY cold). This goes for all sleeping pads, and bottom line this is a fantastic pad worth the money for sure. If you're still using a large foam roll pad, you will be blown away by switching the Prolite 4 in comfort up, weight down, packability up, temperature management up, and you can read the other 100 reviews if I haven't convinced you.
Write your question here...I am looking...
Write your question here...I am looking for a 3/4 length AIR matress which you put your mouth on and blow up - no foam.
I would hold off for a month or so. The new Thermarest NeoAir Small is coming in April and will be the lightest weight 3/4 length pad on the market. The truly amazing thing is it will also be one of the most comfortable AND insulative. It weighs in at 9oz. and packs down so small you can stuff it INSIDE a Nalgene bottle. It has won a Backpacker's Editor's Choice Award, the Outdoor Industry Gold Award, Popular Science 'Best of What's New' Award, and Germany's Outdoor Magazine Editor's Choice Award. Crazy!
This pad is awesome in every way. It's light, supportive, highly compressible, and tough. I don't have anything to say about this pad. It really is awesome.
Fall, Summer, Spring... NO WINTER
I own a Prolite 4 3/4 length pad and love it for simplicity and light-weight traveling. It rolls down to nothing and is super durable... mine is several years old and has never "popped". (FYI, don't leave yours near a stove closed. A buddies popped when the air expanded and had no where to go... amusing so long as it isn't yours). Unfortunately, I've found that the cold seeps right through this pad in the winter... either carry two pads or consider the Big Agnes Dual core... it's heavier, but you only have to carry 1 pad, at the end of the day it is lighter.
keeps you really warm and is quite durable. the self inflation gives out pretty quickly.
best four-season pad out there
Very light and compact but thick enough to give you a comfortable night's sleep. Helped keep me warm in temps in the teens. Very easy and fast self-inflation means you only have to blow into it for a minute or two and you won't have to drag a pump around. Comes with a stuff sack and to pack it up it is as easy as unscrewing the mouth adapter and rolling it up. It may be more expensive than other brands, but it is definitely worth it.
This pad is great. You need to blow it up yourself a little if you want full capacity and it doesn't come with a bag to hold the pad, but as far as how the pad functions, it definitely gets 5 start. It keeps the cold ground off your back while sleeping. I also have a pad like this made by another brand and this one works better and when not in use, it stores in a smaller area.
This pad kicks some gnarly ass! I used to sleep on a insul mat max thermo and it was real uncomfortable. This pad is so much better. Its comfortable and insulates from the cold ground so well. I love the little chair attachment that you can fold the pad in. Its great for sitting around the fire. Buy this pad.
Years ago I did a 21 day traverse with a sleeping pad that was too thin and not warm enough. I suffered.
With this pad, I sleep well, am warm, and it packs down way thinner than any pad I have ever had. It's so much easier to have a big day in the mountains if you have slept well the night before.