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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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4 5

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.

RidgeRest SOLite Regular - Weight / Size

RidgeRest SOLite Regular - Weight / Size

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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")

4 5

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.

3 5

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

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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. )

4 5

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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.

5 5

know your application

This sleeping pad is perfect for me, but know what you plan to use it for before purchasing. I use it for 3-season backpacking on its own. For the weight and money, it's hard to beat. If you need something that's going to pack small, however, this is not the pad for you. Some other people here mentioned that it makes a good "sub-pad," but I haven't tried as such myself. I do know that the reflective side really does add heat when you need it, but be sure to go green side up in the summer. The number one reason I chose this one is because you can't puncture it. I'm careful with my gear, but when you're on the trail, you don't want to have to be worried about things like that. At 5'7" the regular pad is big enough for my whole body, head to toe, but if you want to save some space and don't mind having your feet dangle off, go for the small.

Would this fit into a Therm-a-Rest Trekker...

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Would this fit into a Therm-a-Rest Trekker Roll Sack or a large Thermarest Gear View Dry Sack ?

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It will fit in the Trekker roll, just make sure you choose the correct wdith, (i.e. if you have a wide thermarest in the 25" width, you will need the Large size on the Trekker which is 28" wide.

5 5

Nice Pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is light, bulky, and good at not getting torn up. Works well in tandem with a inflatable 3/4 pad on super cold nights to add some insulation to your torso.

5 5


so nice! keeps me real warm and i'm real comfy on it. pretty bulky but it weighs so little that's not really an issue - just put it on the outside of your pack. no worries on taking it to the dessert or anywhere with pokey things on the ground, this can't get holes in it and deflate! it's cheap and can take a beating. the most bang for your buck hands down!

4 5

Can take a beatin'

Traveled with it in Nicaragua for three months. Super light and easy to pack. Perfect for warmer weather! You can't beat the price.

5 5

Just what I expected....

Super light and very warm....and very cheap. Easy to tote on top of my bag and kept me much warmer than what I would have been sleeping on.

4 5

Solid Pad

The ridge-rest is a solid sleeping pad. Super light-weight, durable, and provides great insulation. I'd say it works best as a bottom layer for when you're doubling up on sleeping pads for winter camping.
If you're looking for a sleeping pad for extended summer trips I would recommend the z-lite though. This will work but it won't be very comfortable (particularly if you're a side-sleeper) and it's not the best if you want to be able to pack everything inside of your backpack without having to strap anything to the outside.
Still, this is the best pad you'll get for the price.

4 5

Winter camping champ

Okay, first off I have this and a Z-rest and honestly, in the summer time I pretty much dislike, if not hate, them both. They are rather hard and don't offer that much reward for the weight and bulk. For summer camping; go with an inflatable. So why the 4 stars you ask? Because in the winter this thrown under an Inflatable gives you an incredibly warm sleep (as long as your sleeping bag does its job and keeps you toasty on top). I've camped on top of mountains here in Colorado in subzero conditions with steady 30+ mph winds (granted this is usually inside a tent or snow cave, but I have tarped it a couple of times when the temp hung right around 0) and the combo of these foam pads and an inflatable is incredible, not to mention VERY comfy! So, for winter camping I don't leave these behind, they have become a part of my "permanent" gear list (at least until something better comes along).

4 5

Ah Grasshopper..

I tried using the Therm-a-rest Neo air X therm by itself on ice and snow. Nope, you could still feel the cold creeping up underneath you during the night. I had seen many climbers with these bulky roles on their packs and I didn't understand why they would have one of these things instead of a compact inflatable.
"Ah Grasshopper..." I finally put two and two together and figured out the ancient Chinese secret to it all. Well, maybe it isn't an ancient Chinese secret, but I am now one of the people with one of these strapped to my pack when I climb on snow.
Together the two pads make a pleasureable nights sleep. Plus, you can use this thing in the cook tent. Standing and sitting on it keeping yourself separate from the cold... Like snow.. Or your tent mate who had to endure your flatulence and snoring the night before.

5 5

All you need in a sleeping pad.

I've had this for a year now and have had no problems with it. Extremely durable. At 5'11" the shorty is all I need for length. Can't beat its weight/price/durability combo and I find it quite comfortable (i do prefer very firm mattresses though). I've used the thermal-rest neo-air xlite inflatable and would never consider using it over my ridge-rest, not even if they cost the same

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