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Thermarest Pad Review

Thermarest is one of the brands that is part of the Cascade Designs company.

For over 35 years Cascade designs has dedicated themselves to helping campers, hikers and bikers enjoy more comfortable nights in the great outdoors.

One of the things that makes camping more comfortable is getting a good night's sleep, and a Thermarest Pad can do just that.

Whether you are a car camper, or prefer to hike off the beaten path Thermarest Sleeping Pads can make your night spent in a tent or under the stars more comfortable than you ever thought possible.

Here is a look at some of their top quality pads to meet various camping needs.

SOLite Ridge Rest

Thermarest Pad

The SOLite Ridge rest is one Thermarest Pad that couldn't have a better name. This ultralight sleeping pad has small ridges and valleys to help give you a comfortable night sleep in almost any kind of conditions.

The SOLite is a 5/8 inch thick closed cell pad with corrugated ridges and valleys to increase comfort during those nights on the trail.

This pad comes in different sizes and weights. The smallest pad weighs a mere 14 ounces and is 20 inches wide while the largest weighs just 1 pound and 3 ounces and 25 inches wide.

Reviews For The SOLite Ridge Rest

The reviews for the SOLite ridge rest are overwhelmingly positive. While this pad may seem basic one reviewer summed up all of the reviews by writing: You can't beat simple technology. It won't fail you. (Trailspace review) Another reviewer had this to say. "It doesn't seem like much but this pad is cushy."

Pros And Cons Of The SOLite Ridge Rest

Users loved this pad and here are some of the things they liked about it.


  • Light
  • warm
  • comfortable
  • durable
  • inexpensive
  • Softer than traditional foam and lighter than inflatable pads.


The only real complaint that users had with the SOLite Ridge rest sleep pad was that it is bulky. This pad doesn't roll up small so you are going to need to carry it on the outside of your pack but, most users felt that the benefits of this Thermarest Pad more than made up for its bulkiness.

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The Z Lite Sleeping Pad

The Z lite is another of Thermarest closed cell sleeping pad. While it didn't score quite as well in users reviews as the SOLite this sleep pad is still popular and has some nice features to recommend it's use, especially for hikers and backpackers.

For starters this pad folds up rather than rolls up making a smaller package than many closed cell sleep pads. It has an egg crate design that increases comfort and is great for most 3 season camping experiences.

Reviews For The Z Lite Sleep Pad

Reviews for the Z Lite sleep pad were overall good with this pad scoring 4 out of 5 stars. Users who prefer closed to open cell sleep pads found this pad to be ideal for most 3 season camping.

One of the things they really liked about this sleep pad is that it is tough and lasts for years. As one happy camper summed it up. "I've had this pad for 5 years. It's firm and comfortable." (REI Review)

Pros And Cons Of The Z Lite

There were many things that users liked about the Z Lite sleep pad and a few things they didn't. Here are the pros and cons of this sleep pad.


  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Packs well
  • Non slip
  • Durable
  • Made in the U.S. A.
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Some condensation in cold weather
  • Still is quite bulky when hiking or climbing

Now that we have taken a look at a couple Thermarest closed cell sleeping pads we will take a look at two of their more popular open cell sleep pads, the NeoAir and the ProLite.

Overall Ratings

The Thermarest Neo Air

Neoair Sleeping Pad

The Thermarest Neo Air is available in 4 sizes. Whilst it's an inflatable sleep pad it is not self inflatable, however it is easy to blow up. This is a lightweight pad that rolls up very compactly and has no insulation but, rather a reflective barrier that helps to warm the body. It is considered the most popular of the thermarest line up of sleep pads.

Reviews Of The Thermarest Neo Air Pad

While overall the Neo Air scores well in reviews earning itself 4 out of 5 stars, the reviews for this pad seem to be either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad.

One Review summed it up this way. "If it leaks it's the worst. If it doesn't leak it's the best." (Amazon review). Here are what users liked and didn't like about the Neo Air


  • Rolls up small making it easy to carry
  • Light
  • Sets up quick
  • Cushy and comfortable
  • Easy to inflate despite not being self inflatable


  • Expensive
  • Leakage seems to be a problem in a good percentage of the cases. However, Thermarest seems to be very good at replacing the pads under these conditions.
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The ProLite

Prolite Image

The ProLite is also an open cell Thermarest Pad. It seems to have been designed to replace the ProLite 3 (which is still available). There is also a ProLite plus that is recommended for base camps or car camping.

The ProLite is self inflating, has a tapered design with a wider shoulder space, lightweight and compact. It is designed for those who are hiking or biking but, who want the comfort of an inflatable pad.

Reviews For The ProLite

Reviews for the ProLite are actually quite good with it receiving a 4.2 stars out of 5 on most review sites.

Most users found this pad comfortable providing them with a lightweight pad to carry and an excellent night's sleep. Here are just two of the often repeated comments regarding The ProLite sleep pad.

"Would recommend to anyone who wants to backpack." (Amazon Review) and "Every time I use this I get a full night's rest." (REI review)

Pros And Con Of The ProLite


  • Folds up very compact
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Helps you to stay warm
  • Lightweight
  • Self inflating

The only real complaint about the ProLite is that a couple of users pointed out that this pad is not completely self inflating so you do have blow a bit of air into it if you want a firmer pad.

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