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Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad

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    20 Reviews


    Wake up ready to crush another day.

    If you don't catch some solid Zzzs tonight you'll be hurting in the morning. Luckily, you'll be crashing on the Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad. This lightweight, three-season sleeping pad keeps you warm and comfortably raised off of the ground so you can get the rest you need to crush it another day. 

    • 50D mini-hex polyester
    • Self-inflating
    • Air pad with Atmos foam
    • Stuff sack included
    • Made in USA
    • Item #CAS002U

    Tech Specs

    50D polyester
    self-inflating pad
    [x-small] 20 x 36 x 1in, [small] 20 x 47 x 1in, [regular] 20 x 72 x 1in, [large] 25 x 77 x 1.n
    Stuff Sack
    Packed Size
    [x-small] 11 x 3.3in, [small] 11 x 3.3in, [regular] 11 x 4.1in, [large] 13 x 4.5in
    Claimed Weight
    [x-small] 9oz, [small] 12oz, [regular] 1lb 2oz, [long] 1lb 8oz

    Tech Specs

    California Proposition 65


    This product can expose you to chemicals including Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

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    Pro Sleepers Choice

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you need something to rest on after a long day of hiking look no further. This pad is a great lightweight option for somebody looking to get a good night's sleep but not put a strain on the back the next morning this is for you.

    Awesome Sleeping Pad!

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

    I used this sleeping pad on a weekend trip to Moab UT and it worked FANTASTICALLY! It was about 30 degrees at night and I wasn't cold at all with this pad, granted I did have a 0 degree Oberon bag! 10/10 would recommend! Inflation and deflation was a charm, no problems at all. I also love how compact this gets.


      I bought this pad to work a 30 day wilderness course in Wyoming. The pad kept me warm and I never had any issues with any leaks. It isn't the most lightweight or warmest but you don't need the most luxurious things when you are camping..that is why you are going camping.

      Comfortable and compact

        Light weight, compact, and comfortable. I love mine. Used it as a mattress after moving across the country before I had furniture. I slept like a baby on my apartment floor. Even impressed a few people by its comfort levels.

        Great pad

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

        It goes down pretty small when its rolled up, the r factor is pretty good, especially for the price. as a mid level backpacking pad, its great. Its less noisy and more comfy than my Xtherm, but not as light or warm.


          I had just bought a backpacking camp cot and found it needed some support. The Pro-Lite Sleeping Pad was compact in its deflated form and firm when inflated. I’m mid sixties and I enjoyed a nice night of sleep. Good investment!


          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Light weight and compact, this sleeping pad gets the job done. I use it is my hammock to take the chill out on cold night and couldnt be happier. It is a little thin so it might not be the best when sleeping on the ground on the rough stuff but like I said, that was not my intended purpose for it. Very very warm for its thickness.

          5 Years, no worries

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          A great night's sleep begins with peace of mind - that your pad will not be flat by morning. I spent years on closed cell foam mats and made the leap in 2007 to an inflatable. After some trial and error with other companies, I purchased the Prolite from ThermaRest and have been so very satisfied since. Lightweight, packs small, fool proof. I've slept on floor and alpine cirques on this little pad and have always had a good night's sleep. The tough bottom material really helps in durability. No second guess here. This is the pad you're looking for.

          Thumbs up

          • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

          I bought this as a gift for a friend, and here's what she had to say ," Nice, compact roll up. We stored them inflated as directed, but they still required a good amount of air to keep them puffed over night. Kept us warm and off the rocks, which was great!"

          Pro-lite pad is a winner!

            I used the Pro-lite on a recent bike-camping trip in Minnesota. We averaged 60 miles per day. The regular length was sized well for a 6-footer in a 1-person tent, and I slept great, even on my side. I'm almost 65, and I took naps on it with ease!

            Works Great When Used Properly

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            So first things first let me dispell a few myths and misconceptions about this pad. This pad IS self inflating IF you use it properly. This pad will not self inflate right out of the box, you need inflate it first and store the pad inflated so that the foam inside keeps its memory and will expand after compression on the trail.
            Now with that out of the way I think this pad is great for what it is. It's not the lightest or warmest pad in the world but it's warm enough for 3 season use, and still much lighter than a lot of other pads on the market. It's not very thick but as a stomach sleeper it's plenty comfortable for me and there is no bottoming out when I lay down even at 225lbs. Also at 6'5 I like the long length and being able to stretch out all the way, totally worth the extra ounces in my book, but my favorite thing is probably the material. This pad isn't as crinkly as most other inflatable pads and it doesn't make me sweat as much when I sleep with it next to skin, which happens a lot in summer since I use a sleeping quilt over a traditional bag which Leeds me to my last point. I like the mummy shape of the pad, and it matches perfectly with the strapping system on my EE revelation quilt, letting me take the pad down into lower temps if I need to.
            Overall I actually really enjoy this pad and I think when used properly it's a fantastic piece of gear. So far it's held up great and I expect it to last me for quite a while.


            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I used this pad everyday for almost a year.
            After putting over 6000 miles on this pad and using it on bare ground almost every night, it still worked great.
            Finally it started separating on my last trip and it started turning into a balloon. So I started using my backup zlite that my dog usually uses and let my dog sleep on this one. I called up thermarest and they said to send it in and they would replace it. That night my dog ripped it to shreds, so I had to order another one.
            Not even mad about it - it's worth the money and works way better than a zlite or any other closed cell i've used.

            no, it doesn't self inflate.
            yes, a size small requires 3-4 large breaths to inflate.

            Good Basic Pad

            • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

            Does its job for the price. Don't expect anything too spectacular. It is nice that it doesn't crinkle and sound like a wind tunnel every time you turn over.

            Good Basic Pad

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            I've been using the ProLite pad for a couple years now. For basic summer car camping, I've found it to be adequate for my needs. I like the range of sizes offered by Therm-a-rest and how there's no crinkly sound when you move in the night. But, at 6'5" and 190 lbs, it's not nearly thick enough. I'm a side sleeper and my shoulders and hips don't receive much support, if any.
            While it's fine for now, I plan on upgrading in the future.

            Great Backpacking Pad!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Not sure if the other reviewers got duds but my husband has been using this for a few years and it's still going strong. It's light, easy to pack and much easier to air up than my NeoAir. Yeah, it doesn't inflate fully on its own but if you unroll it and let it set for 10-15 minutes it'll only take a few breaths to get the thing fully inflated. It's warm and doesn't make the awful aluminum foil noise of some of the other non-foam versions Thermarest makes.

            Swing and a miss

              I'm not an inflatable pad fan to begin with but my wife recently started backpacking with me and asked if we could get inflatable pads instead of solids. I own a Z Lite SOL and have used it for a long time with no issues so I figured Therm-a-Rest would be a great choice for some inflatable pads, terrible choice. This seriously was less comfortable than my Z Lite, plus I don't have to waste air trying to blow up a Z Lite that will just leak from the holes in it like this one has. Really bummed out that these were so terrible, went back to my Z lite and convinced my wife to join me. Maybe I got some defected ones, but they had holes and signs of wear from just a few days out, not something I would ever trust for even a week long trip.

              Not worth the dough

                I was honestly expecting a lot more out of this pad for how much the retail price was and the positive reviews it had, but I'm returning it. Even for the sale price of $75 (large), I couldn't justify keeping it. It's only marginally more comfortable than a closed-cell pad and more than double the cost. I also had no luck with the self-inflation. After sitting out for thirty minutes the pad was still flat and it required approximately 5-6 breaths to inflate it.

                Not for side-sleepers

                • Familiarity: I've used it several times

                I've used this a handful of times.Not super comfortable, but okay. After a long day of canyoneering and hiking resulting in a sore body, not comfortable at all. I didn't sleep well and woke up extra stiff and sore. I like to sleep on my side and my hips hit the ground through the mat. Probably great for back sleepers. Not for me.

                Belly flop!

                • Familiarity: I've used it several times

                I got my Thermarest ProLite and my LuxuryLite cot at the same time thinking I would use the two together. Realizing that I'm not part mule, I opted to use the LuxuryLite most of the time and I stand by that decision.

                However, I finally gave the ProLite a proper test and I can't believe how impressively this pad performs. Truly, it compares favorably with the LuxuryLite, particularly when you factor in weight and space savings.

                I pulled out the ProLite recently because I was sharing my Copper Spur UL1 tent with my dog, Kimber. The UL1 is 40" across the top, I use the large, 25" wide ProLite - Kimber and I shared a few inches of the ProLite where I think I would have crowded her out with the cot.

                We slept in a low of 38 F and I used Mountainsmith's new synthetic bag, the 2015 Arapaho 20. It paired nicely with the ProLite and I stayed warm, the ProLite is an impressive insulator.

                I flop all over and the ProLite was comfortable when I was on my stomach. I was comfortable on my side the first night but noticed some stiffness the next day, the ProLite might not be ideal for committed side-sleepers. Obviously, the ProLite was most comfortable when I was on my back but I slept well in a variety of positions 2 nights in a row.

                The compressibility is INSANE. I used to roll the ProLite but now I fold it. Either way, put your knees on it every fold/roll and you can flatten the ProLite down to nothing. The listed packed size of 4.5" x 13" (large) is accurate.

                There are a lot of interesting, appealing pad/air mattress designs out there but the ProLite is the best approach, IMO. I've never been able to enjoy sleeping on an inflatable mattress or pillow - there's a weird, bouncy feeling at play that's just not comfortable to me.

                The ProLite is nice because the air is enhancing some foam and it's not overly thick, thus, you don't get that uneasy air mattress sensation. Also, the ProLite looks and feels a lot more durable than some of those 3-4" thick air mattresses.

                Look, most of the time, I'm still going to grab my cot because they're damned comfy but I have a renewed confidence and appreciation for the ProLite. Now, if weight and space are at a premium, I can see myself opting to reach for the ProLite instead - it's amazing what 2 nights of good sleep will do to your perspective.

                I just got back from a trip through the Mallard Larkins. It being October, I was worried about the cold so I took my LuxuryLite and the Prolite both.

                After the first night, my dad said that he could hear me tossing and turning a lot, that my pad was noisy.

                I decided to try going without the pad at Crag Lake but only made it an hour without the insulation of the Prolite.

                I do notice the noise now though, it's not NeoAir level noise but it is loud. Kind of like old vinyl pickup seats.

                I tried it in the tent and under the tent - no difference in noise.

                Great insulation. Little loud.