I don’t carry a sit pad when I go hiking. I just sit on my backpack or day pack if I need thermal protection from the ground during rest breaks. Tree stumps also work pretty well if they’re not covered in snow. Why anyone would want to pay $25 for a 3 oz self-inflating Therm-a-rest Lite Sit Pad is beyond me. I got this as a gift from a well meaning relative.
But not everyone is a lightweight backpacking suffer freak like me and if you want to treat yourself to a little luxury this is a reliable piece of kit. The Lite Seat is made out of the same material as Therm-a-rest’s other self-inflating pads. It is about the size of a quart bottle rolled up and should easily fit in your pack.
Personally, I’ve found that the Lite Seat shines mostly off trail instead of on it. My wife and I use it as an insulating pad at outdoor sporting events to insulate and cushion our bums in the stands and as a pad to soften the seat of our kitchen chairs which are solid wood. You’d be surprised how many dinner guests appreciate this, particularly my in-laws!
Disclosure: The author purchased this product with his own funds.
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