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What is the Best Backpacking Sleeping Pad?

My boring gray Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad "in action."
My boring gray Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad “in action.”

What kind of sleeping pad to you use on backpacking trips?

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  1. I use a standard blue foam pad, because it is relatively light and comfortable for barely any money compared to the more high-tech options. You can also get them easily at local stores, and you can cut it up without feeling guilty.

    I am considering a Klymit Inertia X-Frame, but it is quite expensive.

  2. I use an ALPS mountaineering self-inflating air pad lightweight. I use it because it is light, comfortable and it is a decent price.

  3. I use an inflatable Exped SynMat, be it a UL7 or WinterLite. Plain and simple, it’s all about a comfortable night sleep…and a luxury weight I will bear the burden of on any trip.

  4. I use a closed cell foam pad, usually Z-lite in combo with an inflatable without down fill. Currently an Exped. The combo is lightweight and warm but I do it to protect my inflatable from ground damage.

  5. Because I am almost 60 years old a little more comfort was needed, so my sleeping pad of choice is a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. The pad is very comfortable as I toss and turn a lot. My reason for backpacking is alpine lake fishing and hope to continue until I can’t. After a great sleep on my Therm-Rest NeoAir XLite fishing all day is no problem!

  6. I use a thermarest scout It packs down small, is comfortable, and virtually silent during the night.

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