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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad

manufacturedby :
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
39.95

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Rating:
5
On January 13, 2008
Last modified:August 18, 2015

Summary:

The Therm-a-rest Z-lite sleeping pads (long and short) are probably the best non-inflatable lightweight sleeping pad you can buy from a mainstream manufacturer. They fold up like an accordion and can be easily strapped to the outside of your pack.

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-rest Z-lite sleeping pads (long and short) are probably the best non-inflatable lightweight sleeping pad you can buy from a mainstream manufacturer. They fold up like an accordion and can be easily strapped to the outside of your pack.

The egg shell pattern is fairly comfortable and will support your hips if you are a side sleeper. I prefer the short pad which is 51″ long because it only weighs 10.20 oz. The longer 72″ pad weighs in around 15 oz. The pad itself is about 3/4 inch thick and has an R-value of 2.2. There’s also a new version called the Z Lite Sol which is covered on one side with an aluminum coating that reflects your body heat back at you like an emergency blanket, increasing the R-value to 2.6.

I use my Therm-a-Rest Z Lite as a second winter sleeping pad with a second inflatable pad when I use a tent and hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where the ground is very hard and chilly. This particular pad is virtually indestructable and idiot proof, which can be a factor when you are cold and want to get into your sleeping bag as soon as possible.

Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.

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4 comments

  1. I bought the longer version and cut off a section to use as a seat. I like the fact that it is so tough you can put it directly on the ground with no fear of damage.

  2. A Z Light short is my standard recommendation for Boy Scouts starting out. Lightweight, affordable, no fuss, and lasts forever. Plus, the little egg crate pockets gather dirt from everywhere you’ve been, so you can work on Collections Merit Badge.

  3. I use z-rest for shoulder season backpacking trips and winter backpacking as well. Seems like my z-rest is always being “borrowed” by others around camp esp in winter! :)

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