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Is the reflective coating a worthy upgrade...
Is the reflective coating a worthy upgrade over the standard z-lite? Is it much warmer?
So that reflective coating just makes the pad that much more efficient then the standard z-lite. On those really cold nights it does bounce your own body heat back to you rather than letting it escape into the ground. Will you notice the difference with general use, that's hard to say but it could make up for those few degrees of difference between survival and hypothermia.
Great Pad for the money
Awesome pad. Pretty comfortable too if you're sleeping on something other than rock. I usually use an inflatable mattress and bought this to go under it during the winter. But since it's so light I've started just using this by itself and I don't miss my mattress as much as I thought I would. Also since I'm only 5'6", I cut off the last two square and use it as a seat cushion on day hikes.
Excellent for my needs
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I took this on an 85 mile hiking trip in New Mexico, Philmont, during the 2012 summer, and it was perfect. It reflected the heat which was super key for me, because I know when I sleep close to the ground I lose an immense amount of heat. Then it was very easy to handle, the pre-made fold make storage for this, "a no brainer", and your really just have to fold it how they tell you. Having been in Search and Rescue also, It can act as a very effecient and stable splint, for both ankles, wrists,and arms. It provides many functions, but it excels at a ground closed celled foam. the great thing about this is that I don't have to worry about popping it, or deflating it. Quick and easy set up.
Does the job
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have the small or 3/4 version of this pad and have slept on it approximately 35 nights. The only signs of wear or tear is a small burn because of an ember from a fire which was entirely my fault for sitting to close.
I wouldnt go as far as to say this is a great pad but it does exactly what it is supposed to do. It is cheap, durable, insulates fairly well, and provides a little cushion.
Im young, but a side sleeper. I would wake up a few times throughout the night and have to roll over because my hip would be a little sore.
As far as insulation goes, I would consider myself an average sleeper. I would use this pad by itself down to about 40 degees before I would have to add something else for a higher R value.
So, if you buy this with high high hopes of 100% insulation and comfort you are going to be disappointed. If you buy it with reasonable expectations you will be pleasantly surprised.
Not a fan
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Tried this pad a few times before I gave up. Its like (not) sleeping on the floor. If you are a side sleeper don't bother even trying. I keep it around for crazy friends who don't know that you are supposed to sleep on a ground pad. Also good for a back up under an inflatable in winter.
I've got this pad in a regular and I love...
I've got this pad in a regular and I love it. I'm looking to get an inflatable pad to pair with this for winter camping, and my question is would i need a full length inflatable pad or could i get away with a 3/4 length one?
Go 3/4 and put the foot of your sleeping bag on your pack (or something else) for additional insulation.
the idea with winter camping is that any part of you or your sleep system (pads and bag) that touches the ground will be colder. insulating from the cold ground allows the parts of your sleep setup to retain more heat. you could use only this pad and be okay depending on how warm you sleep and how warm your bag is. you could also use a 5 inch thick pad and have lots of insulation from the ground, but it would be tough to pack that around. the 3/4 will be fine, but not as comfortable as a full length. what you need to decide is how cold do you get on fall nights, and how much are you willing to compromise space and weight for comfort and more warmth.
i use a zero degree bag, a 3/4 inch air pad, and put my bag under my feet, but i'm a warm sleeper and i'm not camping in -20 degrees.
how would this pad compare to the ridge...
how would this pad compare to the ridge rest in a hammock for cold weather camping?
The ridge rest is a little warmer (very sightly), and works a little better in a hammock.
Great in combination with the Prolite
I have a short Thermarest Prolite and needed either a Z Lite or a Ridgerest for winter camping and additional comfort and I am really happy I decided upon the Z Lite. All-in-all it takes up less room than the Ridgerest and it is super light. I took it down to the desert a couple weekends ago and it worked great. I am a side sleeper and my hips were not sore after sleeping on the Prolite/Z Lite combination after a few nights.
Updated Classic Z Lite Reviewed
Therm-a-Rest Closed-Cell Mattresses
In 1986 Therm-a-Rest created the first modern closed-cell mattresses. In the years since, closed-cell mattresses have become a mainstay of climbers, backpackers and adventurers around the world. This video explains the technology and design innovations in Therm-a-Rest closed-cell mattresses and outlines the benefits of different models.
Z Lite™ Sol Thermoformed peaks and valleys offer greater warmth and comfort than flat foam. Nesting design is compact and easier to carry than rolled mattresses.
Interlocking panels fold accordion-style for an efficient packed size.
For Certain Situations
The Z-Lite sol is a nice pad for several different situations. If you're going ultralight and really want to shave some weight you may be able to get a comfortable nights sleep out of either the (S) or (Reg). If you're accustomed to the 3.5" Q-Core from Big Agnes you will not get a good night's sleep using this as a stand alone.
The best use of this would come from a doubling act where you might use this to enhance the insulating values of another pad. This use might give you more warmth for weight than buying a cold weather pad (or at least for cost)
The downside to the SOL is that while light, it is bulky. Lashed to the outside of a pack it will perform well but it takes up far too much space inside a bag.