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From trekking to traveling, the go anywhere Trail Lite Sleeping Pad ensures unprecedented comfort.

If you demand comfort and compactness in a camp mattress, the Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad is just the ticket. The Trail Lite is the all-purpose sleeping pad for the budget-minded camper and backpacker. The Trail Lite is compact, with a rolling size of only 21 x 3.8 in, and lightweight, at only 1lb 5oz. This mattress is ideal for backpacking. An inch-and-a-half of padding when fully inflated ensures a comfortable night on the trail or the base camp.

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What are the dimensions when it is rolled...

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What are the dimensions when it is rolled up? I like to pack light so I'm looking for a pad that rolls up kind of small

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This thing rolls up to about 6"x21" cylinder (don't believe the listed specs, its really difficult to get this pad down to that size after you initially open it up).

This is pretty large and heavy for a Thermarest, if you're looking for a small and light pad, and you can afford it, ($150) the Neo Air is the way to go. It packs down smaller than a nalgene, weighs less than of half what this pad does, and is way more comfortable. http://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-neoair-sleeping-pad

The Prolite is a good compromise between this pad and the Neo Air. It packs down small, is only $100, and weighs 1lb. http://www.backcountry.com/therm-a-rest-prolite-sleeping-pad

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5 5

Great pad for the money!

I'm 5' 11" and weigh about 240. I picked this pad mainly because I know that i didnt need to carry something longer because I've that only my upper body needs to be off the ground for me to be comfortable. I've used this pad for every season. I have even used this pad on top of snow and slept comfortably. I've tried many closed cell foam pads but once I tried this I was hooked. I have had this now for three years. It hasnt failed me yet. Like others have said just take the time to keep sharp things away from it. I mean really is that so hard? I f it can poke a hole in this pad then it could ruin your tent too. Anyway one thing to consider storage. I never store mine rolled up. I leave it out and "self inflated". Same with sleeping bags you never want to store them in stuff sacks. I also blow this up with plenty of air. It will never be perfect if you only allow it self inflated. But again this is a great pad.

3 5


Don't make my mistake people! This is an air pad. You put air in it. Thats how it was designed. I, did not realize this important feature until 10am the next morning, when I told my roommate that my night would have been better had my pad not sucked. Upon which he told me that I was an idiot for not blowing it up. It take less than 10 seconds and it makes a World of difference! So, I can't really tell you how Good it is, but I Can tell you that you should use it properly.

4 5

Worth its weight in gold

Have had this for years with zero problems. I got the 3/4 version as I can save a bit of weight and I found that sleeping with my feet on the ground doesn't really bother me. It takes a coupe minutes to self inflate, but I always add about 5-6 breaths to make it super firm. Very comfortable, light weight, good price and not one puncture in over 4 years. Not a bad deal at all...

4 5

Good pad

Not an extremely light sleeping bad but it does the job for backpacking. The self-inflating seems a little bunk but it blows up quickly and is always super comfortable. Insulates well. Just keep it away from the fire! I had to patch mine when a coal fell onto it.

4 5

Good pad

Not an extremely light sleeping bad but it does the job for backpacking. The self-inflating seems a little bunk but it blows up quickly and is always super comfortable. Insulates well. Just keep it away from the fire! I had to patch mine when a coal fell onto it.

4 5

Good pad

Not an extremely light sleeping bad but it does the job for backpacking. The self-inflating seems a little bunk but it blows up quickly and is always super comfortable. Insulates well. Just keep it away from the fire! I had to patch mine when a coal fell onto it.

4 5

Good pad

Not an extremely light sleeping bad but it does the job for backpacking. The self-inflating seems a little bunk but it blows up quickly and is always super comfortable. Insulates well. I am 6'1 and chose the regular because I wanted something slightly smaller and lighter and I just fit onto it. Just keep it away from the fire! I had to patch mine when a coal fell onto it.

4 5

Reasonably good

This is really a great pad, comfortable beyond belief, but for those very reasons that it isn't so great beyond car camping or those who don't mind being weighed down by its high ounce count. This is a great product, but at the same time there are far better options when it comes to sleeping pads, and it is a little silly how the stuff sack cost additional which is why I gave it a 4 out of 5.

3 5

Light, Comfy, Good - when it holds air

I'm 6'2", 150lbs (very thin and bony), and I had the regular size. It was a good size, fit under me fine. The bigger size would have been overkill.

When this pad held air, it was pretty comfortable. I like to sleep on my side and sometimes my bony hips would get sore, but I'd wake up and roll over and be ok. I used this snow camping several times and it was warm enough on the cold ground. Basically, I liked this pad. It was adequate for the jobs I used it for. While it's not as nice as my girlfriend's prolite 4 season pad, which is warmer and lighter, it also costs a lot less. For the price it's nice.

The problem was, I spent more time patching or replacing it than using it. Most of the places I camp here in SoCal are littered with pine needles. I try to clear them out the best I can, but all it takes is one missed to put a hole in this and make it completely worthless. In the span of two years I had four different holes in two different pads (replaced it one warranty once). And once it gets a hole in it and doesn't hold air, it is worthless. Thankfully this didn't happen in the snow because then it would have been a warmth issue (it's less likely to happen in the snow anyway because, well, snow is not sharp).

Bottom line is, if you only use it in the snow or in places with no sharp plants, this is a great pad for the price that you won't mind carrying. If you do use it in the summer around sharp things, it will become dead weight very, very fast. I ended up ditching this for a foam pad, which while not as comfortable or warm is much more reliable.

(If you're really worried about sharp things, you could use a foam pad underneath this pad, which would make it more comfortable and protect it, but that's a lot more than I really want to carry for most trips)

4 5

Great buy

My first encounter with this pad was at a store where they had a bed of river rocks I used to try out the product. I would not have known I had been lying on rock. Convinced, I purchased the product. I soon visited the manufacturer's website and found very helpful information on care, maintenance and such under their FAQ section. I took notice that the light green color matches the color on the manufacturer's website. Upon close inspection, I was impressed with the finish and detail. The whole pad looks seamless and has a texture to it that reminded me of a very fine corrugation. Perhaps as a design to stave off slippage. The valve is plastic and threaded and seems cheap and unstable when opened. The cap remains on the valve so there is no worry about misplacing it. When closed it seems very firm. So far, I have had no problems. The pad did not come with a stuff sack. I had to pay extra money for it. I figured it was worth the investment to protect the pad. Also, a repair kit is not included.
The Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite is a good buy. They do their job and that is important as it provides the necessary protection from the ground which pulls body heat away and the comfort that is needed for a good nights rest that will ensure a more enjoyable trip and a sharper mind.

The first time I used the pad was at my grandmother's house. I wanted to forgo the bed to try out my new equipment in order to get acquainted. After unrolling it, I let it inflate on its own with 8-10 of my own breaths. Most likely because of the product's time with storage and shipping.
My next time was a backyard camp. After unrolling, it took some time to "self-inflate". I eventually had to blow in 5 to 6 breaths. I had previously slept on a military foam type and I found the Therm-a-Rest to be far superior to the former. The temperature dropped to 60 F (15.5 C) that night. I slept in a sleeping bag inside a tent. I slept undisturbed and woke up refreshed. The pad had retained all of its loft. I also found that the size was perfect even with my broad shoulders (I am primarily a back sleeper with some side actions throughout the night). It had convinced me enough to purchase another one so my girlfriend and I could both experience the comfort of this type of pad.

In May I camped in very rainy weather with the temperature in the high seventies, dropping all the way down to 40 F (4.5 C) at night. The ground was much harder this time. Striking camp this time is where I finally learned how to easily roll up the pad and place into the stuff sack. Fold almost in half, open valve, slowly roll up, close valve, hold under arm and slide the stuff sack on.

Early June I was camping on the bank of a river- a very rocky riverbank. Temperature was similar to previous test. I used a footprint for the tent and the pad inside the tent. Once again- Didn't feel the rocks.
The rest of the camp had set up their tents in another spot away from the river because of this, while the Therm-a-Rest provided me with this prime real estate! Once again, the same results- a good nights rest and same loft in the morning.

The next time out had been a car camping night with my girlfriend. We had a 65 lb (30 kg) dog with us in the two man tent. The dog became a nuisance due to trying to get onto the pads so we told him to scram, gave him the boot and made him sleep with the other dog in the tarp tent I erected for them. That night I had engaged in activities some couples might share. While they are designed for rest only and this may seem unnecessary information, I feel it is worth noting as many readers camp with their love interests and may find themselves in the same situation. The pads in the morning weren't as lofty as before and did disrupt some sleep.

In the later part of summer, a buddy and I camped in a bluff on hard ground. We slept in open air as we had the shelter of a cliff overhang. I did use the thin military foam pads just to protect the Therm-a-Rest pads. The temperature dropped to 48 F (8.9 C). Unfortunately my buddy had only brought a sheet (what?!). I begrudgingly opened my sleeping bag open so that we could share the warmth. That meant the pads right next to each other and there were probably some rolling back and forth over both pads contending for coverage. However we did sleep fairly well and once again they maintained their loft.

Over Labor Day weekend I camped out at a drive-in for two nights. I slept on the pad with a ground cloth over hard packed gravel. I slept very well with a Therm-a-Rest Tech Blanket (a lightweight, quilted nylon blanket with a high-loft synthetic fill and soft polyester interior) as the temperature dropped to 50 F (10C) with heavy fog. I woke up refreshed with the pad as inflated as it was at bedtime. Realizing this made me smile as I leaned over and fired up the stove for a cup of coffee.

With Autumn approaching I camped out under a tarp on a slight incline. I have a fitted sheet for the pad. This particular time I had skipped the sheet. I woke twice to find I had slipped off the pad. I was relieved to find I had the sheet with me went ahead and placed the sheet on. Slept like a log for the rest of the night.

The valve which I had thought as "cheap and unstable" has held up very well and the experience I have had with it debunks my initial impression.

I found it difficult to get the pad into the stuff sack the first couple times. A few practices remedied this.

Sliding had been a problem one night on an incline when I did not use the sheet. The problem was solved once I placed the sheet onto the pad.

I got the pads in April of 2009. As of the writing of this Owner Review I have had a total of 32 nights.

I do store my pads hanging in the closet as per the manufacturer's recommendation to help the pad to keep memory, thus helping the "self-inflating"

Great buy
4 5


Pros: Rolls down to a low profile, quick to inflate.

Cons: Not much back support considering it's size and price. If you like to rough it however, it's a fairly ideal pad.

instructions on inflating the pad

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instructions on inflating the pad

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Unroll the pad & open the valve. It's self-inflating. Direct sunlight speeds the process as does blowing into the valve if you're in a hurry. Be sure to close the valve after it has inflated.

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A self-inflatable mattress like the Thermarest Trail Lite works by expanding the open-cell foam inside. Think sponge:). This pad consists of an outer top material, an outer bottom material which are both laminated, or glued, to the foam and a bite valve. As the user opens the valve, the foam begins to expand similar to a sponge when squeezed and the only place for the air to get in is at the valve.

There are ways to make it fill up faster, or to allow the foam to expand quicker. The best way is to store it with the valve open unrolled (underneath the bed, in a closet, etc.). This will allow the foam to retain it's resiliency.

Once you get to your campsite, simply unroll the pad and open the black valve. If stored properly it should take about 10 minutes to inflate, according to the condition of the foam inside. You can blow in a few more breaths if you need more firmness (I would do this while laying on it) or force some of the air out if you want it softer. Once you close the valve it will stay that way.

If you are purchasing for the first time, take the pad out of the plastic sleeve and open the valve. Allow the pad 24 hours of inflation as it will take this long for it to inflate. You can blow it up all the way and close the valve which will accelerate the process. Once the 24 hour period is completed, simply store it with the valve open until you need it.

When rolling it up start at the opposite end of where the valve is and slowly roll (the valve needs to be fully open), allowing all the air to escape before proceeding. You can listen to the air coming out and once you don't hear any air coming through the valve continue rolling. You are essentially forcing the air out of the foam and through the valve. Once you have rolled it up all the way, close the valve and it will remain rolled. I would highly recommend the Trail Lite Stuff Sack as this will make packing the pad much easier and will protect it as well.

4 5

Great all-arounder

If you need one pad that does everything pretty well, this a great purchase. It's a very pragmatic blend of durability, comfort, weight and warmth. The only thing I dislike is the bulk; when backpacking I prefer carrying an inflatable pad to save some weight and keep things off the outside of my pack. I think the 1.5 inches in this pad is just as comfortable as my 2.5 inch thick Pacific Outdoor Ether Compact 6, and only slightly less comfortable than the Therm-a-rest Basecamp. Great as a first pad because you probably won't find yourself "needing" an upgrade for a long time.

It is totally weak to not include a stuffsack and repair kit. Therm-a-rest is the only company I can think of that doesn't include it standard and it definitely deprives this pad of some value. PO and Big Agnes definitely beat it on this point.

Regardless, an all-around great pad.

5 5

non slip

so i took a roll of area carpet tape and put on both sides of my pad it stayed on with rolling and unrolling the pad did not slide nor did the bag, $9 at stores

5 5

Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad

This pad met all of my expectations. I found it tho be very comfortable and easy to store and pack.

4 5

little costly but worth the comfort

Dropped some cash for this at the last minute while buying my sleeping bag and definitely worth it. Tentmate came with a foam pad and didn't sleep well at all. With this, I slept warm and comfortably. Insulated well against the ~30 degree rainy weather and offers a good night's sleep.

Note the exterior material does tend to absorb any moisture but putting it on its edge to dry tends to fix it right up. Fairly light weight and packs to a 'decent' size. Recommend getting the stuff sack too or pull ties to keep it bundled tight while on the go though.

It does self-inflate... mostly. Leave it for about 15 minutes, give it 3 puffs of air for fairly firm, and you're good. Remember to give a pre-inflate/deflate cycle before you take it to the field. Do not expect this thing to inflate like an air mattress you pull out for extra house guests that uses a fan or something. Give diffusion a chance.

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I've had mine for years and have had no...

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I've had mine for years and have had no complaint.. it self inflates, though it takes a while this is no problem for my routine as i set the tent, roll it out and then mess with the rest of camp- fire, food, and the like- before returning to give a puff or two, if that, before closing the valve and stretching my bag out. i've carried around a repair kit for some time, though i've yet to apply any such associated treatment- and i sleep with a dog in my tent!

i only take a pad for warmth (thus only in winter and such outlining months) and i've always been as light of a packer as i can as i like to cover rough ground/thicker brush and am generally a smaller fellow anyway. though, over the years i have added some kitchen amenities and thus have recently been forced to pack the mattress externally in a manor that creates a catch for the rhododendron, and such, i commonly navigate thus i am curious as to my possibilities of maintaining warmth and durability with a smaller package if anyone has a suggestion within or without the therm-a-rest realm of sleeping pads.

on another, though associative, track.. i have often wondered if my therm-a-rest would have had the life it has if i were one to fold it in half before rolling it up.. i was told, as i agreed with the logic and thus followed suit, that this act would create a crease over time that would in turn wear and "tear." does anyone out there fold, if so, how long has this practice held up for you?

5 5

Road Trip

I took a 45 day road trip from Michigan over to Washington, and all the way down the West Coast. I slept in my hammock every night and the only way I was able to do that comfortably was with a Therm-a-Rest under my back. The Trail Lite does a great job keeping you warm whether it be in a hammock or inside your tent on cold ground, and its nice to have a little padding under you for comfort as well. The pad packs up nice and is very light. I highly recommend getting a Trail Lite Stuff Sack to go with it since it has loops to attach it to your pack and keeps your pad nice and clean.

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