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NEMO Equipment Inc.
Switchback Sleeping Pad

4.554216867469879 out of 5 stars
83 Reviews
$49.95 - $59.95
Color:One Color



Switchback Sleeping Pad

The Nemo Switchback Sleeping Pad is coming around the bed a little lighter and easier to pack this season. Its unique, hexagonal patterning not only makes this pad easier to pack, but it also feels plusher when unfolded. Nemo also added Hypnoelastic zones to conform to your body for comfier night's sleep. The metallic film adds warmth by reflecting your body heat back you way for more warmth.


  • Classic foam sleeping pad packs light for backpacking trips
  • Hexagonal patterning increases plushness and packability
  • Hypnoelastic zones conform to your body for more support
  • Metallic film reflects body heat back your way for more warmth
  • Item #NEM0098
closed-cell foam, low-emissivity film
Temperature Rating
20 - 35F
Packed Size
[short] 20 x 5 x 4in, [regular] 20.0 x 5.0 x 5.5in
[short] 51 x 20in, [regular] 72 x 20in
Claimed Weight
[short] 10.5oz, [regular] 14.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 83 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 1 reviews
3 Stars - 7 reviews
4 Stars - 16 reviews
5 Stars - 58 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

April 16, 2024

Car Camping Mat

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 6"

I haven't put it to use yet; however, I've tested it at home. Surprisingly comfortable and with my sleeping bag on top it will provide even more cushion. Pressure points were not an issue. Seems to distribute your weight evenly. My only concern is that it will slide in my car. We shall find out soon enough. But for comfort, definitely four stars, compacatbility 5 stars, and durability seems to be a 4. I definetly recommend!

Kimberly K
5 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2024

Most Comfortable Camping Mattress I've owned

I've spent most of my life camping on self-inflating air mattresses so I was excited to get the Switchback foam mattress. I loved my first one so I just got another one for my wife. They are super lightweight and much easier to setup/packup since you don't have to inflate/deflate. The comfort factor is most important though - the foam is firm but forgiving so sleeping on dirt or even a wood platform is perfectly comfortable. This is my forever go to camping pad.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2024

Remarkably comfortable

I’m 6’3” and 180lb. Best sleep ever in a tent. Elbows do hang off but I don’t want to pack anything wider. No stress or discomfort with deflating overnight from a tiny hole. The folded shape makes it easy to pack and it makes a nice seat. Compared to a traditional flat foam roll this is a lot softer.


Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

The best...except it's too narrow

The Nemo Switchback is the BEST. It is far more comfy than the Exped Flexmat or the Thermarest Z-Lite. It even packs/folds down better. The problem is the width. I've been using the Flexmat, which is pales in comparison to the Switchback, because it is WIDE enough to accommodate my 25" inflatable sleeping pad. Nemo - check out the reviews...we want a wide option! Pretty please?!


Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

October 27, 2023

Warmer than expected. Needs a wide option

bought this pad to use so my friend i was taking camping could use my nice 4.5 R value blow up pad on a previous cool weather camping trip. Temps got down to the mid 40's and this pad kept me warmer than expected with a 2 R value. My butt was a little chilly at first but after laying on the pad for a bit it warmed up and i stayed warm all night. was decently comfortable for a thin foam pad and i will definitely use this pad again as my summer pad as my other pad is far to warm for summer. My only real complaint is that i wish this pad came in a wide size. when laying down on my back there is literally no room for my arms on the pad unless i sleep on my side which is not comfortable with this style of pad. this is a back sleeper pad for sure. i have about two fingers of width on either side of my body remaining on the pad while laying down. my arms and elbows were touching the ground most of the night if i didn't have them tucked up on top of my torso. But enough complaining. Great pad, much warmer than i thought it would be, and ill definitely use it again. just wish it came in a wider 25inch or wider size


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 4, 2023

Switchback is a GO

Awesome lightweight pad, comfortable, easy to carry.

Originally reviewed on

4 out of 5 stars

July 20, 2023

Good Pad. Needs to be wider

I tested a different name brand pads and this is the most comfortable. Except it only comes in a 20" option. My kids use it, but I had to find a different brand that offers a 24". I'm 6' and 170lbs, but I hate having my elbows hang off the side of the pad. Need a regular wide.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

March 30, 2023

Best pad you can find

I did the entire PCT with a NEMO Switchback and absolutely loved it. I am a stomach sleeper and really enjoyed this pad. Perfect to always have a sit pad as well or take a siesta anywhere in the desert. If you are a side sleeper I would take caution, but otherwise this thing lasted great. Little beat down by now but for about 150+ nights of use for the price, can't beat it.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

February 6, 2023


My indestructible Nemo Switchback is one of my favorite pieces of gear. It will never leak. Never. You can't hurt it. Go ahead and try. Drag it through briars. Sit on rocks with it. Give it your worst mistreatment, but this closed cell foam can take it. I've used mine over 100 nights, but I'll admit that I layer it on top of a 3/4 inch self-inflating pad for extra insulation when it's below freezing. And if durability isn't enough, it's also light and inexpensive.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

November 1, 2022


I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

Best sleeping pad I have ever owned. I'm not a fan of air pads as I've had many of them get holes in them while - this is fantastic, lightweight and warmer than I expected

Caleb J