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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

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.

5 5

the only pad I trust.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used plenty of pads, from inflating to this closed cell mat. I have to say I have never used an inflating pad I can trust. All end up getting punctured or failing.
My solution now is to get 1, 2 or 3 of these mats. In summer with one I sleep comfortably, or 2 if I want extra cushioning. If it's cold, I take three and sleep on top of them. This works great.

4 5

Still happy, but

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After using the Z Lite pad R Rating 2.6 a several more times after my July 15th. post it still kept my side warm on cool mountain nights, still light to carry, now the but it is rock hard I know it's a thin pad at .075, just my input, good for the price, I am going to splurge and purchase the Thermarest neo air X Therm @ 5.7 R-rating

Will this Z pad be ruined if it gets...

Will this Z pad be ruined if it gets wet/soaked a few times? i'm bicycling across the country and this pad will be hanging on my rear rack, how will it do?

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The closed cell foam should shed water pretty well as long as there are no major rips and tears in it and really should be good for your bike trip. Now that's not saying you shouldn't be careful and if you do get caught in a downpour maybe put a rain cover over it just to be safe.

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I've fallen in a river with this strapped on the outside of my pack and it took me about a minute to get myself and it out of the water. I set it out in the sun for 30 minuets, give or take, and let it dry out and it didn't seem any worse for wear or even damp for that matter. the water all just kind of rolled off the surface. I've heard of closed cell foam absorbing water after a whole lot of use and abuse but I've had mine for over 10 years and it still works fine rain or shine, (though it looks a bit ratty around the edges)

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Mine has been soaked a time or two & it didn't affect it at all. In fact this thing has been put through so much wear & tear & it works just like the first day I bought it... doesn't look as nice though. haha

5 5

Real Happy

Z lite is so light and a bit bulky but worth it, i just strapped it to the back of my backpack, temp. got to the mid 30's and i didnt get cold and it's comfy enough for backpacking great all around pad

Z-lite doing some lite mountaineering

Z-lite doing some lite mountaineering

Used this baby in a hammock for the night in Northern Maine during december, keeps the backside warm while you're hanging off the ground.

5 5

Bomb Proof!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this baby a few years ago when I wanted something light but was on a budget. Not the most comfortable pad out there, but you can not beat the value for the price you pay. Plus it's damn light as feathers. and it's indestructible. spent a week hanging off the back of my pack as I fought my way through the dessert mountains of Arizona where there are thorns on anything that grows and it barely has a scratch to show for it. Also doubles great as a seat for lounging around camp.

4 5

Cant beat it for the price.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall a great pad. For the price you're not going to get anything this light and this functional. Its bulky, but you can strap this thing anywhere and it's tougher than most. Like others have said, I use it for sitting around camp as much as I do sleeping on it. On the downside, its not the most comfortable pad, but it's a lot better than sleeping on the ground. My only other gripe is that its a pain to get into the pad sleeve on my BA lost ranger. If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg and still have a very functional pad, this is for you.