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Don’t let a bulky pad weight you down. Get the Prolite.

For those who seek three-season comfort, minimal weight and size, and uncompromising quality, the Therm-a-Rest Prolite Sleeping Pad is where you make your backcountry bed. With a 20% weight reduction over previous versions, the Prolite rolls up even smaller to fit safely in your pack, so you can enjoy a comfortable outdoors. The self-inflating pad features die-cut foam to trim ounces and a grippy bottom material that helps hold the pad in place while you catch some Z’s.

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4 5

awesome but a tad slippery

I'm 5'5 and have the XS. the first couple nights i definitely slipped around a lot and ended off the pad. here's some tips:

1) stuff a bag and use a pillow. it stays put much better if you keep it shoulders to hip instead of trying to squeeze your head on there as well.

2) if you sleep on your stomach, you can hug it like a surf board with your arms on the side to keep it in place.

otherwise, loved the weight and size!

5 5

Just Right

I have this pad in sunset and it's a great product! It self inflates which is super cool and it serves its purpose very well. I haven't had any issues with it and the quality seems to be top notch!

5 5

Perfect in every way

Great product! Light weight and low maintenance. Keep in mind this is intended to provide warmth by proving a medium between your body and the ground. Friends who I've let borrow the Therm-a-Rest thought it was meant for comport. To a degree it may, but it's certainly no bed! Enjoy.

5 5

Ultralight Comfort

The prolight is the thin version in the prolight series. This may not be as lite as the neoAir pad, and may pack down to a bit larger size, but that being said this is an amazing pad if you sleep on your back as I do. I recently used it up in the Tetons and I was amazed at how comfortable this pad is. I do sometimes sleep on my side but when pack size and weight matter, this is my go to pad now for sure. It's super durable and self inflates real quick, if you're like me though and you get into camp late you can always inflate it yourself real quickly say about 20 secs. All in all super pad for the warmer months that packs down real small and provides plenty of comfort at night.

Does anyone have any pictures of the Prolite...

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Does anyone have any pictures of the Prolite rolled up so I can get a size guesstimation? It would be really helpful, a Nalgene bottle comparison would work.

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About the size of a college football.

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here's a pic of my XS rolled up next to the big agnes fly creek 2 and other gear. it's the grey/red thing on the bottom. it stays rolled up better when you pack it in with other stuff.

here's a pic of  my XS rolled up next to the big agnes fly creek 2 and other gear. it's the grey/red thing on the bottom. it stays rolled up better when you pack it in with other stuff.
5 5

Well worth the extra OZ's

I have been using the foam pads for summer backpacking for years and years. I do have an older Therm-a-Rest self inflating pad I've used for winter trips. But it was kinda heavy for the summer. BUT... now with the new Prolite I use this baby year-round and love it. It's almost as lite as my old foam pad, but offers so much more comfort and support. And if you take your time, this pad will roll up to half the size of the old foam pad. I am 6' and about 185 lbs. and use the large. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but this is a no-brainer...

5 5


got my prolite a few weeks ago and have had several chances to use it. i can pack it down just a hair smaller than my nalgene...AWESOME! if you fallow the break in procedures it inflates pretty well every time after. superlight and super compact, and super comfy: A PERFECT TRIO. only gripe... therm-a-rest still doesnt provide a stuff sack with their pads but i think they go for around $10. Yet another great product from a great company. BC even did a price match against a competitor for me, the epitomy of customer service.

4 5

Compact and comfy

Packs well and comfy. Only complaint is it did lose air after night of sleep on hard surface. Great if you are looking for compact option but don't want to sacrifice comfort

5 5

Outback living with class

The Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Pad is great both as a sleeping pad and in the Therm-A-Rest Trekker Chair. Great for back packing, very light and worth every penny. These two items will make you a happy camper (saving energy (light) and giving you extreme comfort (chair and sleeping pad).

I' debating between Prolite and Prolite...

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I' debating between Prolite and Prolite plus. I only want to sleep under the sky during non snowy time (late spring, summer , early autumn). The prolite Plus is 220 grams heavier than prolite (regular size) and I dont know if I want to carry the heavier one. Is Plus much more comfy and warm than Prolite? Is it worth those 220 grams for those conditions I mentioned? (it would be my first pad like this)

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My experience has always been to go with the more comfy pad; I never complained about the extra weight but would complain about being sore or not getting a good nights rest...

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The Plus is monumentally warmer, and marginally more comfortable. If you're deciding ONLY between the two, I say get the Plus.

For three season use, however, if comfort and weight are your primary concern, have you looked into a Neo Air? They are just as warm as a Prolite (that is to say, warm enough when not on snow) and nearly three times as thick. In pads, thickness=comfort there is nothing else at the weight that even remotely compares comfort-wise.

My current system is a Neo Air with a Z-Rest underneath, and I'll never go back. This protects the Neo Air from puncture, allows me to sit on the indestructable Z-lite around camp, is plenty warm for sleeping on snow, provides a backup in case of puncture, and still weighs less than a trail light. If you wanted, you could even go with a thinner base pad than the Z Lite to save even more weight.

I'm a side sleeper, and if I don't get enough rest, I don't want to hike the next day, even with the lightest pack. Extra ounces and money in order to sleep well is always worth it in my opinion.

5 5


No more annoying rock in your back to keep you up all night...this thing is awesome, I wake up refreshed thanks to this sleeping pad...only regret is not picking it up sooner!

4 5

its a champ

not interested in spending over a $100 for a pad.

this pad kept me warm on a winter grand canyon hike. it rolls into the size of a soda pop can. light weight, and compact.

My son is looking for a sleeping pad that...

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My son is looking for a sleeping pad that you manually inflate. He has a self inflating type and does not like it as if sometimes won't inflate or deflate properly. What models can you inflate with a few puffs of air ? Thanks.

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Check out the therm-a-rest neoair or some of the synthetic pads by Exped.

Will this pad work with a Big Agnes sleeping...

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Will this pad work with a Big Agnes sleeping bag? I have ordered the hoit pomer 0 long. And looking at this in the large. Just wondering if it will be too wide.

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Yes it will! In fact, the Prolite Plus will also work. For 2011, most of Thermarest's backpacking mattresses are tapered which will work in the Big Agnes Sleeping Bags. The only issue is the large sizes which are too wide (25") for the large Big Agnes bags. If you are using a regular size bag then the regular Thermarest pads will work. These include; Prolite, Prolite Plus, Trail Pro, Trail Lite, and Trail Scout.

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This is actually a follow-up question regarding Therm-a-Rest + Big Agnes. Will this pad provide enough insulation given that Big Agnes bags do not have stuffing on the bottom?

I'm looking for a good sleeping pad to put...

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I'm looking for a good sleeping pad to put in my Eagle's Nest Outfitters Hammock when the temp drops. Does anyone know if this one would be a good one? I don't want to spend a lot of money.

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I am an avid hammock sleeper myself. Personally I would go with a Big Agnes pad and sleeping bag set up. I slept last week in 20 degrees with the eagles nest, a big agnes 15 degree bag and a insulated air core pad and was sweating all night long. I believe this set up works best because the big agnes has a sleeping pad pocket in the bottom of their bags. This allows one the ability to not roll off the pad in their sleep. If you have slept in an eagles nest before, you know that you often get all twisted up in your bag as well as slide down in the hammock which creates much discomfort while sleeping. With the big agnes set up, the sleeping pad keeps your sleeping bag in place while you toss and turn (due to the fact that it is connected to your bag). You do not get tangled, and your sleeping bag stays in place in the hammock. You could go with any pad that you like, however I strongly believe its worth the extra money to have the best set up possible. If you spend any money on backpacking gear, I have found that the best money spent is on your sleeping situation. You can go cheap on other gear but at the end of the day's hike, you want to be able to sleep the whole way through the night. Cheers. Have fun and hope this helped.

Okay s I bought two of these yesterday and...

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Okay s I bought two of these yesterday and open the valve and after leaving it all night nothing? Is this normal for the very first time?

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Open the valve all the way. Lay the pad in direct sunlight & if necessary blow some air into it for the first time, This allows the inner foam core to expand back to it's original size. Remember it's been totally compressed for a certain period of time.

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Yeah, blow them up yourself the first couple of times and let them sit that way for a day or so. You've got to remember that they've been rolled up and compressed since they were originally packaged. Also, self-inflating pads will always need a little help to get them inflated the way you want them. Sort of a symbiosis deal.

5 5

Great Pad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This thing is a dream. Its like a damn bed. But if you get a compression sack or just use two rubber bands it very compact. I slept on this for a fifteen day river trip and it was like brand knew every night. It held its air throughout the night and the set up is under two minutes. You do need to help it along a little. But thats nothing, the reast of it compensates for that miner problem.

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