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Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sleeping Pad
This is a great lightweight and affordable sleeping pad. The Z-Lite's folding shape seems to pack smaller and is easier to deal with than Therm-a-Rest's classic Ridge Rest pads that just try to unroll or roll back up! The egg crate shape is quite comfortable for a reasonably thin, closed-cell pad. I find it does the trick when I'm sleeping on my back or stomach (yes, I'm no good at sleeping in sleeping bags) but you may still feel a bit of a pinch if you're on your side. In cooler temperatures, say mid to low 40s and below, you may need something a bit thicker, depending on if you're a cold sleeper. I highly recommend this pad for those looking for an affordable pad and those looking for something ultra-lightweight.
Quickest draw of the pads
Excellent three-season sleeping pad. As mentioned already, this is a very light and comfortable pad that can be folded up and stored in 10 seconds. Condensation does form in the winter, but this pad has made for many great deep sleep nights in any other season.
worth it's price
I got my sleeping pad last week and tried it.
as they say, it's a really light weight pad, and quite comfortable (if you're not to spoiled).
the only thing I'm afraid of is that one of the parts will tore apart.
except it's excellent I recommend it!
Lightweight and very quick to pack up, but not worth the night's sleep that comes with it. My husband and I both tried new Z-lites one night in Shenandoah (around 30deg) and were warm enough, but miserably uncomfortable. Our 15yr old Trail Thermarests were a welcome sight.
Probably a better choice for soft ground or an additional barrier under another pad.
Convenient but not Comfortable
This thing weighs next to nothing and packing it is as easy as picking it up and attaching it to your pack. However I always woke up in the mornings feeling not totally rested so I ditched it. Works great for an extra pad during winter camping.
Light and packable
Nice size to wt ratio. Folds up to pack easily INTO my pack. Just finished two snow shoe winter expeditions in the Bighorns using the pad directly on the snow floor of a quinzhee with a thermarest inflatable on top of it. No condensation issues were noted. Have NOT slept directly on it, but if you have a gore-tex bag, it shouldn't be an issue.
I hear that this sleeping pad builds up...
I hear that this sleeping pad builds up condesation. Is there a way to prevent this?
Strapping a cheap twin-size fitted sheet around it should do the trick.
Only one down side
Is waking up in the morning to numerous little 'cups' of condensation that seem to form in the z-rest. Not enough of a problem to warrant three stars, but I don't tend to have this same problem with a ridge rest.
good for the $
Pretty good pad for the money. After two weeks of on it thought you will notice the egg crate will start to crumple and wont be as comfortable as when you first purchased it. Great pad if your a weekend backpacker or trying to save weight, but for me a good nights sleep is worth a little bit extra money.
durable, comfortable, inexpensive, waterproof.
sometimes starts to fold up if you move around in your sleeping bag. I'm a wiggler, so that's a pain in the butt for me.
you won't be the only one on the trail
Light, cheap, and effective, though not the most comfortable. Definitely gets the job done, but not the most comfortable. Almost everyone we ran into on the PCT had one.
Little Comfort Offered
The reason I bought one is because it makes the framesheet for my Gossamer Gear sub-one pound backpack. I also need to carefully scoop out shoulder and hip divots from the dirt before laying it down to make myself BARELY comfortable. I'm going to go back to a self-inflater and get some sleep.
Call me old school, but I prefer closed cell foam mats. I use the z-rest primarily for summer camping, but have been on some trips when the temperature has dropped and had no issues. The best part of this pad is that if packs really small for a closed cell mat. Much smaller than my ridge rest. The egg carton shape is comfy. A nice little trick with this pad if you are used to sleeping with multiple pillows at home you can neatly fold a couple of the sections underneath your head and it props you up a bit.
I am thinking about buying this pad to...
I am thinking about buying this pad to replace my self-inflating one, but I am not sure about the comfort of this pad, as I sleep on my side. Is this pad comfortable for side sleepers?
nice for the canyons
Nice and light weight..good for a sitting rest..just enough mattress to let sleep well at night and it is a good float for your pack in the slot canyons
Great for snow...
I got this as a base for winter camping. One great thing is you can cut a piece of the end (3 sections or so) and now you have a belay seat that will keep your rear end warm and dry, and a nice perch for sitting around melting snow. I may attach a couple strips of velcro to keep the pieces together at night. It is a bit firm for my tastes for just sleeping on hard ground, but when you consider the weight savings and the fact that there is zero possibility of getting a leak in the backcountry, it is well worth every penny (and why carry a belay seat and pad when you can have both).
Small Perfect for Kids
I bought the small size for each of my children (ages 7 & 9) to take to camp. They are on the short side - both the boy's feet hang off the end. But, the pads are light and easy to pack. My boys don't mind their feet hanging off. And, the price was great!
I love it!
Just completed a 70-mile 8-day trek across the Sierras and the Z-Lite became one of my best loved items on the trip. Not so much for sleeping--which was still the best I've found at such a light weight when I used it in my bivvy sac, though most days I slept in my hammock--but as a great trail "rest pad". On long, strenuous climbs it was heaven at rest stops to just unclip the Z-lite from my pack, throw it down on almost any surface and have a pad so comfortable that my hiking buddy frequently found me napping when he caught up with me :)
ok for hiking
Too short and too narrow, otherwise it is good for hiking
Better than nothing.
Pros: light, durable.
Cons: little bulk, pretty firm.
Too firm for me, but at 35 bucks it's better than nothing.