Sleeping Pad Reviews

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad Review

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad Review

The Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad is an ultralight and ultra-thin closed-cell foam pad that can be used to completely eliminate sleeping pad slip on silnylon and Dyneema DCF tent floors. A true multi-purpose item, this 1/8″ foam pad can also be used as a dog bed, a windbreak for …

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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad Review

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad

The Therm-a-Rest Z-lite sleeping pad (long and short) is a top-rated non-inflatable foam sleeping pad you can buy from a mainstream manufacturer. With an R-value of 2, it doesn’t absorb rainwater and folds up like an accordion so it can be easily strapped to the outside of your pack. The …

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Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad Review

The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Inflatable Sleeping Pad has a dimpled surface that is especially comfortable for side sleepers.

The Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad is quick to inflate and deflate, folds flat and compactly, and is covered with dimpled air cells that adapt to a sleeper’s curves like the mattress of their bed at home. Weighing just 12.5 ounces in a size regular, the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight  Sleeping Pad is also …

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Big Agnes AXL Air Sleeping Pad Review

Big Agnes AXL Air Sleeping Pad Review

The Big Agnes AXL Air sleeping pad is a warm weather ultralight sleeping pad (mummy or full size) that beats the pants off the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite in terms of comfort and compressibility when packed. But it takes a lot of effort to inflate by mouth and you’ll definitely want …

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The Gossamer Gear SitLight Sit Pad Review

The Gossamer Gear sit light pads provides a clean place to sit when cooking dinner.

All of Gossamer Gear’s ultralight backpacks include a SitLight Sit Pad that can be used as a seat during rest breaks or in camp. The foam pad slides into two elastic pad sleeves on the pack of the back to provide cushioning and enhance ventilation. It can also be quickly removed and used as …

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Therm-a-rest Ridge Rest Solar Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest Ridgerest closed cell sleeping pads have been around for a long time and are a favorite with many hikers. They’re also one of the least expensive, highest value foam pads you can buy. The RidgeRest SOLite is basically a classic RidgeRest sleeping pad, with a silver heat reflective coating painted …

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Lightweight Backpacking Chair Kits

Lightweight Camping Chair Kits

I’m not a minimalist and while I believe in the value of lightweight backpacking gear, there’s something to be said for bringing a few creature comforts along on my trips once in a while. There are times when you want to be like Andrew Skurka’s “ultimate hiker” and times when …

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Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad Review

Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad

The Big Agnes Green Ridge Sleeping Pad (MSRP $69.95) is a full-length warm weather sleeping pad that only weighs 12.6 ounces (on the SectionHiker digital scale). It packs up super small and is a good choice when you want to go light but not skimp out on your sleeping comfort. It reminds …

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Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot Review

The LuxuryLite Ultralite Cot in Use

The Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot is designed for campers, backpackers, fisherman, or kayakers who need more back support than they can get from a foam or inflatable sleeping pad, prefer to sleep up off the ground, or want a cooler sleeping system for camping in hot weather. The UltraLite version of the LuxuryLite …

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