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Light, but soft and warm.

The Therm-a-rest Ridge Rest SOLite keeps you warm despite its thin profile thanks to its heat-trapping ridges and its innovative heat-reflecting aluminized surface. This lamination boosts the durability of the pad, and its low weight and small size when packed (it's only .6 inches thick) help you shave weight and save space in your pack during your four-season overnights.

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Does this pad come with a packing sack to store it in? Like a sleeping bag or tent? if not is there somewhere i could buy one that would fit the regular size


Most sleeping pads will come with a stuff/storage sack but this one will not.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.

Expert Gearhead



Better than the ground!

  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This sleeping pad does the job. It's not the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on, but with that being said, it's also only $30. I used it camping between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop in August when the days were warm, but the nights were on the cool-ish side (40's) and the insulation from the pad helped in staying warm. I tend to be a stomach sleeper, so after a night of sleep on this pad my hip bones were a bit sore in the morning, but other than that, it's been great. (Also, maybe I should just learn to sleep on my back...)

This is a perfectly functional pad and very cost effective.

Better than the ground!


  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I bought it to make 2 short wide pads. Know that because of the width it looks like it will have to be strapped vertically on a pack or used to line a haul sack - it'd be too wide to strap across the bottom. Bought it for car camping and to add to a second pad for winter.

Is the full length pad necessary, or would I be better off for the money and size to get the half-length pad. I imagine heat loss from the legs would be the main issue with the short pad.

If weight and cost are a huge priority for you, and you don't mind lacking the padding and insulation on your lower half, go with the short. But if 5 extra oz, and $10 extra dollars aren't detrimental, I'd go with the regular, as it's a very low cost as far as weight and money to get a full length pad for comfort and insulation.


Looking forward to having this item last

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I made the purchase of this sleeping pad because I know it is doing to be durable and all purpose. I have seen too many inflatable sleeping pads break, and as much as I love the Z Lite style, I know they eventually wear thin. I am looking forward to using this item for years to come!



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The regular size was my first sleeping pad ever, and serves me well still on occasion. I replaced it a few months ago with a self inflating pad, which is a little more comfortable and packs easier, but takes longer to utilize. In the year and half of abuse I put this pad through, there's scrapes and the reflective paint is worn away in spots. It's still just as comfortable as it ever was though. Great first pad and possibly even last pad, or until you get some experience in what you want out of a pad.

For whatever it may be lacking, it makes up for in price.


Comfortable enough and super versatile

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I was worried about comfort on this pad, but it turned out fine on my 6 day trip in Denali. I'm primarily a stomach sleeper, with bouts of back (in cold weather) and side (when I'm restless). Comfort level obviously wasn't luxurious, but I never woke up due to discomfort, and I felt reasonably well-rested in the morning.

What I really love about this pad is its versatility. Wanna take a nap mid-day? Need a temporary "privacy shield" while changing around strangers? How about a pillow? How about an area to "stage" all your gear in the morning as you pack up, avoiding wet/muddy grass? This pad does all of that quickly, and with no complaint or worries about holes.

As for warmth, the night temps in Denali were probably 38-45. I was perfectly warm on this pad with a Kelty Light Year bag.


Regretting getting it.

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just moved out to the Rockies and have been building up a camping supply as my wife and I like to hike/backpack. Being tight on funds I went with this as it was the cheapest sleeping pad I saw.. but after our first trip I'm really regretting the purchase. I got the short pad which is good for my knees to shoulders which I can manage and thermal insulation was okay. Comfort though is horrible. I have 8 years in the Army and have slept in more comfy patches of dirt. I'm going to shell out for another pad and donate this one to goodwill..

I agree , think long and hard on where you plan to use it, this one failed for me for a couple of reasons 1. I live in alsaska and wanted to use it for light weight trips in the back country. Even tough it does provide some warmth, it has zero comfort. Packs too big, and even when rolled on the outside of bag it can get wet. Sure you can over it up, but you see the issue here. It becomes a thing to constantly manage. , I remember it was about my second cold rainy trip when I realized I wanted something different.

2. If you insist on a pad, go for z lite. Folding solves some of the issues, and can be used for some some things. Iike a seat, frame for backpack etc. my main problem with these pads are that they don't do their primary function well. I get more warmth and comfort from my inflatable pad, stores super small. Sure it might pop. But they are made well and sure some common sense will help. Anyway, I throw my inflatable in my tiny pack and know I'm good.


Great pad for the hammock

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I got the short version of this pad a few weeks ago for use in my hammock. I've used it 3 nights so far and am really loving it. It is pretty bulky but the short version isn't too bad, and of course its super lightweight. I put it inside my sleeping bag in my hammock which is awesome so it doesn't slide around. I can really feel the heat reflecting back on me from the silver side. Since it's just on my torso area I can move my legs freely.

Its also great for a quick roll out "seat" on the ground or rock for a little extra cushion. I only gave it 4 stars because some of the silver part is peeling off already, but its still super durable. I was going to get a cheaper generic foam pad but for $5 more this one it totally worth it.

T-a-R Video Answers a Couple Questions

This video answers a couple community questions posted below:

A1. The closed cell pad doesn't absorb water, even if punctured.

A2. The pad is meant to be used "silver side up" when placed on the ground.

It all looks great... but what do you do...

It all looks great... but what do you do when it rains? You can cover your pack, but the pad will be wet.

Best Answer

Luckily this being a closed cell foam pad, unless you have punctures in the pad it will not take on water. So if your pad does get wet brushing it off or wiping it down should dry it off. Typically though you should be able to fit your sleeping pad under your packs raincover to keep it dry.

This pad does not abosorb water, even if punctured. See "Therm-a-Rest Closed Cell Technology" video, posted on 5/5/14, above.


RestRidge SOLite = Lightweight Warmth

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I bought Therm-a-Rest's RidgeRest Regular SOLite Sleeping Pad (17.7 oz / R2.8) for winter adventures. When combined with my always-used Therm-a-Rest Regular Prolite (16.4 oz / R2.2) I get a fairly lightweight package that minimizes heat loss to the ground (combined 34.1 oz / R5.0).

Product description above says, "its low weight and small size when packed ... help you shave weight and save space in your pack during your four-season overnights." This pad is BULKY! The only way it's helping you save space in your pack is because it wont fit in your pack (and must be lashed to the outside).

p.s. Pad is meant to be used "silver side up" when placed on the ground. The shiny surface is intended to reflect radiated body heat back to your body.

Yeah, I was wondering why the video showed the silver side down... maybe for warm nights?

RidgeRest SOLite Regular - Weight / Size

RidgeRest SOLite Regular - Weight / Size

size studied: regular / 20" x 72"

weight: 17.65 oz (scale accurate to 0.05 oz)

rolled dimension: 20" long x 8" diameter (tape measure accurate to 1/16")


For the price -- so worth it.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Its pretty bulky even when rolled up, and its not super comfortable. I once used this pad on top of acorns and it was pretty lumpy but I got to sleep. Ive also used it in the cold and its a hell of a lot warmer than the ground. If you're just looking for something cheap, I'd go for it.


Pad it up

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Pretty good pad. Yeah, it's light and okay to sleep on. Okay price too.

TAR SOLite: The Good, Bad & Ugly of it

Here's a video review I did about the SOLite pad. Go watch it. Or don't, I don't care. (I'm kidding, please watch it. I'm just trying to act tough. )

It says the video does not exist... too bad, i'd like to see it...


durable but bulky

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had 2 of these for 5 years and they've taken plenty of abuse. Not so great for sleeping on snow or for side sleepers and is bulky strapped to the outside of your pack. And those were the main reasons I finally upgraded to an insulated inflatable that packs down to about 5"x9". But if you want something cheap, durable, easy to take care of, has multiple uses and bulk is not an issue, everyone will tell you the Thermarests are the way to go.


Keep it simple

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Used this for winter backpacking in the NH White Mountains on its own, and paired with an inflatable pad for an Alaskan mountaineering trip. Worked great, fairly comfy on its own, especially if you aren't like me and have an easy time sleeping on your back. I always slept on the silver side, because when I put my hand on it I could feel the tiniest amount of heat being reflected back, but it probably isn't a real difference. Then, couple of weeks ago, my dog got nervous home alone during a storm and obliterated it.


sleep tight

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Decent price and it's not gonna break unless you tear it in half. It doesn't roll small, so your pack needs a place to put it, (underneath the brain, straps on the bottom, or straps on the front) The whole "heat-reflecting" surface thing does not work at all, don't kid yourself, but this can be overlooked. I recommend you buy/find/borrow some sort of strap to keep it rolled up, makes for much less of a hassle I promise.