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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite SOL Sleeping Pad

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    22 Reviews


    Keep it simple, smartie.

    Therm-a-Rest added a thermal reflective barrier to its Z Lite SOL Sleeping Pad to boost warmth by twenty percent. Super-lightweight and ultra-durable, this closed-cell foam mattress offers backpackers and campers a simple solution to their search for a comfortable night's sleep in the backcountry.
    • Item #CAS0726

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    Claimed Weight
    [S] 10 oz, [Reg] 14 oz
    Stuff Sack
    [S] 51 x 20 x 0.75 in, [Reg] 72 x 20 x 0.75 in
    closed-cell foam

    Tech Specs

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    • Q & A

    My favorite lightweight sleeping option

      This product has accompanied me on a variety of outdoor adventures, and has performed outstandingly in all of them.

      For lightweight backpacking, this pad provides a relative amount of comfort and warmth at an unbeatable weight. At 10 oz. for the small size, this is a great option when reducing weight is the goal. I cut mine in half, reducing the weight to an incredible 5 oz, and using my backpack to lay my legs over while sleeping. Paired with a 15 degree mummy bag, this setup kept me warm and dry on a 6 day backpacking trip through the Alps, with night time temps approaching 40F degrees . Of course, you always have the option of bringing the second half to use for your lower body, or to double up for a little more warmth under your torso. I have used this setup for camping on snow in the Maine winter, with satisfactory results.

      Additionally, this pad is light enough to bring along for ski touring, colder day hikes, picnics, and canoe trips where having a warm, comfortable surface to sit on is desired. For multi-day canoeing trips, I have used this pad both as a seat and also as a surface in the bottom of the boat to keep dry bags up and out of sitting in that inevitable puddle.

      The incredible durability of this pad allows applications such as these, along with many others. With no valves or air chambers, you could accidentally puncture this pad on a tree branch with no loss of performance.

      I would not offer this pad to guests staying over my home, but if cutting weight is paramount, and if you're willing to give up some comfort, this is the pad for you. Head into the alpine or out on a long distance trail- this is the pad you'll see strapped on mountaineer's and thru-hiker's packs more than any other.

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

      Ordered these, assuming (yes, we all know what happens when you make that mistake) that it was a normal size mat, since there was only one size option. Gave them as gifts, which started out very exciting, until they unfolded them and found out they were only long enough to reach their knees.


        This pad is so easy, no blow up, packs reasonably light and is comfortable. The simplicity is making this a go to staple for me for camping

        Gift recipient happy with after 2 weeks

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

        A classic minimalist pad that I've used a ton of nights out on trail. Not the comfiest nor the warmest but it makes up for this with its simplicity (just open it up and sleep!). When snow camping or in colder conditions where space isn't an issue, I've paired this pad with my Klymit air pad on top which does a better job insulating me and also protects my air pad from punctures or rocky terrain.

        Great pad

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

        Is as described. I trimmed to loose a little weight in in needed areas, but not much to loose!
        Paired with NeoAir.

        For rocky bivvies and starry nights

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This classic thermarest is incredibly light, if bulky to pack. It's not the most comfortable in the world, but it's the perfect go-to for sleeping on rocky bivy ledges, where an inflatable pad might rupture. It's also makes for a nice seat when pushing long days on the trail or over glaciers. Not glitzy, but very functional.

        Great Pad, Side Sleepers Be Warned

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I ultimately decided to buy this pad for 7 nights in Iceland in May. I didn't get cold, but I did walk away with my hips feeling more than a little bruised. So for my fellow side sleepers out there, you've been warned. However, 4 stars for functionality and versatility. It was nice to have an instant seat that wasn't adding any weight to what I already had. Overall, it makes for a decent night's sleep and I would buy it again if I had to do a do-over.

        thin, light, for better or worse

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        If sleeping on a cement floor is a 1 and my bed is a 10, I'd call this pad a 3. But it folds up really quickly, keeps you decently warm, and offers nice utility.

        You almost have no choice but to keep it on the outside of your pack due to the size, so it's always there if you need to sit on it real quick, etc. I've only used mine on one trip, a 6-day adventure, so far and is showing a decent amount of wear. For what it's worth, I've seen quite a few others with this exact pad in the backcountry. Tthe light weight and usability make it worth my while, so for that it gets 4 stars.

        Does lighter job than others

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Really good for the price.
        Lightweight 9/10
        Comfort 5/10
        Isolation 7/10
        Price 9/10

        Light and decent

          Get a decent nights sleep and carry little weight but don't expect a super comfy pad.

          Super Light

            This is exactly what it is. A cheap foam pad that is light weight. Not going to win any comfort awards but gets the job done.

            Must have for Ultralight Backpacking

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This is a great sleep system for the Ultralight Backpacker. For under a pound, it has a decent R-Value (insulating properties) and has enough comfort to get by. It's not the most compact or comfortable pad by any means, but it's the best you can get for the weight.

            Contact me directly at 801-204-4578 or if you have any additional questions or need help with a backpacking setup!

            Gear Review Thermarest Z Lite Sol

            If you're a bigger person, this might be too small and thin for you, but it is perfect if you need to reduce weight for camping, climbing, or adventure racing.

            UL solution for sleeping!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I have had this pad for a few years now, and from long distance backpacking trips to car camping this pad has been through it all. It is comfortable and has an R-Value that covers most of your summer adventures. Folds up nicely and the bonus of foam over inflatable is that it never will go flat on you. Price is hard to beat for how bomber this pad is.

            It is what it is

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            It's good for what it is, you defiently feel what's under your pad. I use it under my xtherm when I'm winter camping. Cut off the end to make a glassing pad so it's a 3/4 pad now.

            Best Pad Ever

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This is the best pad I've ever used. It is light, it is no hassle to pack back up, and is way warmer than it should be. I often turn it over to the yellow side during warm nights (maybe the effect is all in my head, but thats really what counts, isn't it?). This pad works great in my ENO doublenest hammock, in a tent or even directly on the ground. I have slept on it down to freezing temperatures and never been cold, though I am generally a warm sleeper.

            Used for years, now have another!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I had one for years that I used. The other day I was using it to sit on out on my porch, came back after an hour and the top panel had deflated/flattened. It was weird. Sent an email to customer service and a week later I had a brand new one at my door free of charge from Cascade Designs (makes therm-a-rest). Sold for life on these babies!<br ></article><br />Only down side is you can't sleep on your side as well until you get used to it. My hip will hurt, but it eventually get used to it kind of like how you butt hurts when you go cycling but then it goes away after a few days. Weird...but true.

            Used for years, now have another!

            just get the regular z-lite

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This pad is super light, and super comfortable. I take it on every camping/backpacking trip I go on. The only reason I'm giving it three stars instead of five, is because the reflective coating on this version peels off and gets all over EVERYTHING you have with you. I didn't notice an increase in warmth from my old z-rest, either. It's not a big enough deal for me to get a new pad, but if I was looking at getting a new pad I wouldn't go for the sol version.

            Great for the price

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

            I purchased two Z Lite pads, one for my husband and one for myself. I was pleased with how lightweight they were; they didn't throw our packs off balance and weren't as wide as I thought they would be, so they didn't stick out too far. They also make comfy seats! As far as comfort, I didn't think it helped to keep me any warmer, and it certainly didn't keep me more comfortable sleeping on the ground. Sp, I basically see this as just an extra barrier between me, my sleeping bag, and lumpy nature's floor. Overall, we're very happy with them and they were worth the purchase! We'd recommend to others as well.

            pretty good

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times

            This is a simple and light sleeping pad. It's not the most comfortable one on the market, but it does the job. Though it is a little bulky, it's easy enough to strap to the outside of your pack and it won't throw your balance. The ability to use it as a camp chair is also a huge plus for me.

            Unanswered Question

            How warm do you think this pad will keep you warm in? I have a military pad, but I was camping and it got down to ~30/25 at night and I was freezing... Thanks!

            I've recently started using a hammock system sometimes instead of a tent and I'm not sure if I should get a small or a regular (thinking of the isolation factor.)

            As far as the insulation factor goes the regular is going to help keep your body heat directed towards you for more parts of your body. A lot of heat can be lost from hands and feet so having the pad under your feet will help keep that heat where you want it. I am 5'10" and I bought the Regular and the size is perfect for my height. If weight or size is an issue, you might consider the Small, but the Regular will help more of your body if you need it.

            I use a non-sol zlite with my hennessy hammock, i use the regular trimmed asymmetrically to fit the hammock. works well, you get a bit of extra wiggle room as well. gets me down into the teens comfortably. been hesitating with the sol as i have read it delaminates... issues on your end?

            I got the sol and so far I am loving it. It hasn't started delaminating but I haven't used it a ton yet.

            Super dumb question. Which side is the...

            Super dumb question. Which side is the top? do I sleep with the yellow side up or silver side up?

            Best Answer


            No question at all is the dumb question. Use the silver reflective side face up and next to your bag. This will allow your body heat to be reflected back at ya.



            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.

            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.