- Self-inflating style requires almost no effort to get ready
- Diagonally cut foam shells out more insulation per ounce and cuts down on bulk
- Nylon soft grip stops you from slipping off of your pad in the middle of the night
- Tapered shape cuts down on weight and rolled size
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I currently own the 2010 model of this pad. I would own the most recent model, but this thing is a tank and I don't fix it if it isn't broken. To review, I've compared this mat to several styles of mat. First and foremost, the foam mats. I've always been a fan of these (because I am cheap and poor). This mat is clearly WAY more compressible. On an ultralight weekend I have the joy of keeping this beauty INSIDE of my 40L pack. On the other end of the spectrum are the "NeoAir" style of pads. These are hyper expensive, and in my experience, less durable. Also, because I usually sleep in a bivy sack, the large NeoAir mats leave less room (I'm a squirmy sleeper). I've found this mat to strike a perfect balance of light weight, high durability, and compact size (both packed and unpacked). It is a very comfortable mat (it is currently my bed).
A few considerations if you plan to purchase this mat, or if you currently own it. It IS self inflating, but it takes an awful long time to do so, especially in cold weather and if you roll it up tight. Lay it out as soon as you set up your bivy site, don't wait until bed time. You may have to blow in it a bit, but be careful, any condensation inside the mat will freeze up on you. Also, my first few nights on the mat I thought it was super uncomfortable. This being my first self inflating mat, I had a tendency to overinflate. Let the mat puff up to it's "resting state" and close the valve. This allows the perfect amount of give and will be an extremely comfortable setting (depending on what your sleep number is ....). ;-)
- Gender: Male
Just got the pad. Returned a Big Agnes to get this one. BA just felt (as people have testified) susceptible to punctures. Love non-slip bottom. Will update after summer Colorado Trail trip. So far I'm very happy with what I have here.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I've only used it once, so I can't really say much about durability of versatility in different environments. First night was pretty cold and rainy, pad worked great. I was comfy and warm, I just had to inflate it a bit myself and stayed inflated the whole night. You don't slip from it which is great so you don't end up off the pad in the middle of the night. Comes with stuffing bag which is great.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have nothing bad to say about this pad. It is light, comfortable, and takes up very little space in my pack. I used it all summer backpacking in Northern New Mexico without any punctures or tears, (many of those nights were outside of a tent). It is easily rolled up to tale up less space in your pack and when inflated is extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have loved this pad. I have the prolite as well and it is a good pad but this one it much better. they weigh about the same and pack the same but the plus is much more comfortable. I have not had any issues with durability.
After two weeks on the PCT, the pad punctured. I patched it but two weeks later it punctured again. After another week, nothing I could do could keep it inflated. Its not durable and definitely not suited for rugged trail use. Complete waste of money for a serious hiker.
I'm a big fella (235#) and wasn't sure a sleeping pad could really work all that well, especially since my only prior experience with a pad was a cruddy foam one.
This thing is *amazing*. I've actually been using it at home, just laying it out on the floor, grabbing a sheet, and crashing. I wake up feeling better than I do sleeping in an actual bed.
I'd encourage the purchase of the Lounge Chair that Thermarest sells (http://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-trekker-lounge-chair). It allows you to use the pad as a camp chair, which feels just awesome after a day's hike, and it also protects the pad from punctures and make it more comfortable when sleeping.
Wow. Did I just roll out of a king size Hampton Inn bed? Sure feels like it.
The thermarest prolite plus was the first pad I ever used on a weeklong trek. The pad is relatively comfortable and very warm for the weight. However, the pad got a puncture wound on the 5th day of the trek. After that I switched to exped and never looked back.
Hello what is the difference between the 2012 and 2011 model?
The biggest difference is the 2012 includes a stuff sack. The fabric on the bottom is different and there is a color change from red to orange.
is the fabric like stronger or something?