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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite SOL Sleeping Pad


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    Keep it simple.

    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.

    • Foldable foam sleeping bag built lighter and warmer for backpacking
    • Heat-trapping foam dimples with ThermaCapture reflective lining
    • Accordion-style folding is compact and easy to pack
    • Item #CAS0726

    Tech Specs

    closed-cell foam
    [S] 51 x 20 x 0.75 in, [Reg] 72 x 20 x 0.75 in
    Stuff Sack
    Claimed Weight
    [S] 10 oz, [Reg] 14 oz
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    perfect for my pup!

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

    Great sleeping pad to keep my dog warm while backpacking. I bought the regular which fits at the bottom of my tent when it is folded in half. It is durable, light and fits in my pack easily.

    High quality, standard performance

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

    I recently used this pad on a camping trip and it definitely did the job. I was stoked that the pad was long enough for me at 6'4" and the materials seem very sturdy. I would prefer a thicker pad for longer trips but for the price, this one is hard to beat.

    Love the z lite sol pad!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Picked up this therma-a-rest sleeping pad mainly for weekend backpacking trips and it's been great so far! The closed cell-foam technology is the main reason I decided to give this sleeping pad a try. We camp on rocky surfaces pretty frequently and have a dog so durability was a necessity. After a handful of trips we made the right choice going with this sleeping pad for durability!

    Definitely a nice plus to still have some insulation for those colder spring nights and this sleeping pad is extremely light so it's not an issue at all to strap it to the outside of a backpack.

    Overall really happy with this sleeping pad from therm-a-rest and I would definitely recommend it if you are in the marketing for a close foam-cell sleeping pad.

    light pad, but damaged

      Just received the package. I am a little disappointed that the pad got scratched. I wish I could return this pad but I need to use it for a weekend camping trip. I hope this wouldn't influence its functionality

      The good thing. It is super light and comfortable (I tried at home). I will see how it does in cold and humid Maine.

      light pad, but damaged


        So I bought the small thinking it would be around 5ft long considering the regular one my boyfriend has is about 6ft long. But I was way wrong. I should have checked the measurements haha. I will still use it because I don't think I'll be using this pad during colder weather anyway and I can just wear warm socks if I have to.

        Workhorse of Sleeping Pads

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love these pads for what you pay and get. It is not as comfortable as an inflatable sleeping pad, but it is very comfortable if you take the time and clear away any rocks or bumps before placing tent. I just purchased a new one after 3 years on the last one before a 3+ week backpacking trip this winter in Utah. The last one has been around to many camp fires, fishing holes, trailheads after stupid long days hiking, belay spots for ice and rock, frozen summits and hammocks to count. I almost always have it on me and throw it down everywhere rain, shine, rocky, or snow. I have camped many nights on snow with this pad and it does a good job, again not as well as an inflatable pad, but if that pops mid winter with no repair kit you are having a very rough long night. I took my old one and cut it in half and use that for the pup and day packing now. Carried both the half and the full on my last few trips and was well worth it. Great all all-round pad.

        comfortable and light one

          I bought it with my friends. All of them are satisfied with this light and comfortable sleeping pad.
          I will use it only except for winter season. sometimes it can be used with anohter to help to keep chilly air out more.

          Dog Freindly

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I bought this because my Dog has managed to pop all my previous air based sleeping pads. It holds up well to him walking all over it and snoozing on it. I find the air based ones slightly comfier but I really enjoy being able to take this out at anytime during the hike and sitting on it vs. sitting on rock/ground. Also works great for some end of hike yoga! Super light yet slightly awkward to fit on/in a pack. I usually make my dog carry it on his backpack.

          Good enough

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I have used it a couple of times now. I cut mine by half so now I have 2 mid-size pads. I used only for the upper half of my body and every time under my therm-a-rest NeoAir inflatable pad. It's the perfect combination for those cold nights in the trail. It's great for putting together your tent and sleeping bags without kneeling on those rocks under your tent.

          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.

            Check the size

            • 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.

            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.

            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.

            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?

            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?

            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?

            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.