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This ultralight pad is the camper’s Z-Lite.

When ounces count or you’re camping on abrasive rocky terrain that would render your self-inflating mattress useless, the Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sleeping Pad is there to lull you to sleep. The accordion-style Z-Lite features an egg-carton pattern that enhances both warmth and comfort, and the pad also works in conjunction with a self-inflating mattress on winter outings or expeditions.

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5 5

Sleep Well

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a huge fan of the Z-lite pads. My older brown and orange one has been going strong for years and has kept me insulted and warm on Rainier, Baker, Adams and plenty of other cold, on-the-snow camping experiences. I also use one as an insulator between myself and my hammock on cool nights - these things make a huge difference!

5 5

Catch some Z's

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not as comfortable as my inflatable Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad, but it's still plenty comfortable. I use this pad on motocycle camping trips, don't have enough room in my bag for the inflatable, so this guy gets strapped to the outside. So far it's held up well to the abuse of the road, and it's nice to be able to fold it out halfway and use it as a seat.

5 5

Light and warm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After realizing I wasn't a young buck who could sleep on the cold, hard ground anymore I figured it time to invest in a sleeping pad. This pad has been great. Simple to pack and spread out, provides a decent amount of extra comfort, and is super light. I was impressed with the added warmth the pad provided after using it for a couple nights in my ENO hammock on nights that got a little chillier than I had expected. Only negative I could think of is that it doesn't pack down small so pretty much has to be attached to the outside of your pack, but that really isn't an issue considering all the benefits. Great, simple, light sleeping pad.

5 5

Perfect sleeping companion

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sleeping is pretty important when you're on your feet all day lugging around your pack. The Therm-a-Rest Z lite sleeping pad is the perfect combo of weight and comfort. Your not on a feathertop mattress by any means but it'll get the job done.

5 5

Great Backpacking Trip Pad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I take this pad on all of my adventures! Great for sitting on for a picnic, super lightweight, and it tucks nicely into the outer straps of my overnight backpack. It's not a pad you will try and squeeze into your backpack, but rather strap onto the outside.

Added bonus- the little dips of egg-carton pattern collect any moisture that may collect overnight in your tent, keeping your sleeping bag dry. It keeps your sleeping pad elevated enough to keep the cold from moving up into the bag, and it's squishy enough to protect your hips and shoulders from the ground.

You can also rest assured, your sleeping pad will never deflate. ;)

5 5

WOW!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the whole package, keeps you warm in my hammock and comfortable on the ground. Weight is easy to carry too.

3 5

Does the trick

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

This pad got me off the ground and a little warmer as well, I like it more than the inflatable pads because its not bouncy when you move around.

5 5

todos contentos

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

good balance of light, affordable and warm.

5 5

Takes a beating

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been dragging this pad around for a while now and I've been pleased with the way it has held up. This is the only part of my getup that stays on the outside of my pack and so takes the most beating but it barely shows any wear. It's also so comfy that its my go-to for a mattress pad when I'm car camping or just crashing at a friends place now. Great product

Takes a beating
5 5

Perfect

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

It is very comfortable and light weight. Fits perfectly underneath my pack. I like that it folds up rather than rolls up.

5 5

Only mat I will ever need!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This mat goes everywhere with me. From multiday trips to camping in the VW Van. This mat has helped me get countless nights of solid sleep & I don't even notice it is on the pack until I need it. Lightweight, comfortable, & holds up to almost anything!

4 5

Mighty Mat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It might not be a feather bed, but it's a close second. Very reliable and a great choice if you're anti-inflatable. This mat doubles and triples as a seat and a sweet place to rack up gear, and to seal the deal, they come in vibrant yellow.

Pirates love this product.

Mighty Mat
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The Modelo on the pack is a solid backcountry necessity.

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Can't backpack without a travel beer. Or two. Or three.

5 5

A classic.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thing's been around for years. It works. I use it for bpacking n some winter climbing. I replace it every 2 years because the cushy fades.

4 5

Cheap and Effective

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought one of these for a camping/backpacking pad back around 2004. I still use the very same pad today.

The Good:
--Lightweight.
--Cheap, especially when you consider how light it is.
--Warm enough for my needs (summer/early fall)
--No need to inflate, so no waiting or worries about punctures
--Fold it in half for an instant comfy chair in camp
--Easy to trim weight off of for all you ultralighters out there
--The egg crate pattern holds its foamy-ness better than a rollup ridged pad.

The Bad:
--Compared to an inflatable it's not cushy at all. It's OK when I'm on my back, but I tend to notice it on my side.
--While it's very light, it's very bulky; I always have to keep it on the outside of my pack

If you want palatial comfort, this isn't for you. If you're looking to save money and weight, while still getting a decent night's sleep, or if you want to augment an existing pad, a Z-Rest is an excellent way to go!

4 5

Winter and Summer companion

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use my Z-lite in the summer and paired with a Prolite 4 short pad in the winter. Indestructible, easy to deal with (won't unroll), fits nicely in a small pack for bivis.

Wish it was a little comfier sometimes, but as the Klingons say "Soft beds make a warrior weak."

5 5

Good Value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this pad and it is my go to ground pad for all weather. It is very durable and I have used my for years. Very light weight, my only complaint is that it does not pack up smaller. Although I am taller than the pad at 6' 3" I still can sleep comfortable on it.

4 5

A weird issue, but an issue non the less

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hickies... At first I didn't know what it was, I thought maybe I was allergic to something and was having a reaction. However, looking at the "rash" closer, it was far too symmetrical. It took me a couple of uses to put two and two together. Everytime I sleep on it, I get hickies. You might be thinking to yourself "well put on a shirt dummy," well I do and I still manage to sometimes get them. Overall the pad works just fine, can't ever pop, it's light weight, doesn't matter if it gets wet and creates an adequate thermal break for most purposes. Overall a good product. Just a strange issue.

Cyclone Saddle in the San Mateo Mtns!

Cyclone Saddle in the San Mateo Mtns!

Getting dinner ready, comfortably, while hoping that cyclone saddle doesn't live up to its name. (It didn't and I slept comfortably.)

4 5

Therma rest z lite

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A good nights sleep is just as important and a good meal when your in the back country. This pad can go everywhere in the world with you and perform the same virtually every time. Inflatable pads can puncture. In winter without a secondary device to air it up you can collect ice crystals from the condensation in your breath during inflation that can lead to irreparable problems that can sideline your pad and force you to improvise. I value a pad on how comfortable it is and if it has the ability to let fall into a deep sleep without waking up so I can recharge and be ready for the next day. This pad has the ability to do that with some help. A lot of your weight while sleeping, especially on your side, bears down on the bony prominences of your hips and can make your deep sleep turn into a night full of tossing and turning. Just based on how much cushion this pad has as is it will make you do just that. Your head, back, and legs will be just fine, but your hips will dig into the pad and you will feel the ground. Not the end of the world, you can buy an egg crate for $2.00 dollars from virtually anywhere that goes either the length of the pad or just around your hips. This combination will give the Therm-a-rest pad just the support it needs to insure you drift off to sleep and only wake up when you naturally want to, or you alarm goes off. I carry this anywhere because it is reliable and with a highly compression able egg crate 3 feet in length I have never had any issues resting peacefully.