Here is my selection of the best lightweight sleeping pads and mats which I would consider to buy in 2019 for my next hiking or backpacking trip.
I have indicated the R-value of each sleeping pads so you can choose the one which would be most suitable for your next outdoor adventure.
From the selection below I have only tested the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm, the self-inflating Therm-a-Rest EvoLite and the Exped SYNMAT UL 7 M.
From all sleeping pads I would probably recommend you the Therm-a-Rest XTherm most.
I have received the XTherm from Therm-a-Rest for testing and it’s now my go-to sleeping pad throughout the year.
|Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite||3.2||12.3 oz. / 350 grams|
|Sea to Summit Ultralight||0.7||12.5 oz. / 355 grams|
|Therm-a-Rest Z LITE SOL||2.6||14.4 oz. / 410 grams|
|Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm||5.7||14.4 oz. / 410 grams|
|Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Pad||2.1||15.3 oz. / 435 grams|
|Exped Synmat UL 7||3.3||15.9 oz. / 450 grams|
|Big Agnes Q-Core SLX||4.9||16.4 oz. / 466 grams|
|Therm-a-Rest Evolite||2.1||18.3 oz. / 520 grams|
|Big Agnes Air Core Ultra||1.5||20 oz. / 566 grams|
|Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra||4.1||21.1 oz. / 598 grams|
|Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season SV||4.9||22.9 oz. / 650 grams|
|Therm-a-RestTrail King SV||1.8||29 oz. / 822 grams|
|Klymit Double V||1.3||40.6 oz. / 1150 grams|
Big Agnes Air Core Ultra
Weight: 20 oz. / 566 grams
The Big Agnes Air Core Ultra is a warm weather sleeping pad for temperatures down to -2 C.
The Big Agnes Air Core Ultra also has an antimicrobial treatment.
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra
Weight: 21.1 oz. / 598 grams
The Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra is a super light 3-season sleeping pad for temperatures down to -9 C.
It has a 25% increased durability and tear strength and an antimicrobial treatment.
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX
Weight: 16.4 oz. / 466 grams
The Big Agnes Q-Core SLX is an ultralight 3-season sleeping pad for temperatures down to -9 C. The new double rip-stop improves durability and tear strength by 25%.
Exped Synmat UL 7
Weight: 1.8 oz. / 450 grams
The Exped Synmat UL 7 was my go-to sleeping pad for a couple of years, however I have replaced it with the Therm-a-Rest XTherm as it offers a better insulation / weight ratio.
Klymit Double V
Weight: 40.6 oz. / 1150 grams
The Klymit Double V is a two person sleeping pad which originates from the Klymit Static V.
The Klymit Double V features body mapping technology and packs small.
Sea to Summit Ultralight
Weight: 12.5 oz. / 355 grams
Another light sleeping pad is the Sea to Summit Ultralight which features a more durable fabric than the Therm-aRest Neo Air Xlite while the NeoAir Xlite will give you a better insulation.
Weight: 18.3 oz. / 520 grams
If you don’t want to spend so much time inflating your sleeping pad then the Therm-a-Rest EvoLite might be an interesting sleeping pad for the summer.
However, the foam of the pad makes it a heavier choice and you don’t get such a good insulation as in other air pads.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season SV
Weight: 22.9 oz. / 650 grams
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season SV is a four season sleeping pad which includes Therm-a-Rest’s new SpeedValve to inflate the pad up to three times faster and deflates instantly.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season SV is also one of the warmest sleeping pads as it incorporates Thermacapture Technology, reflecting heat back to the body.
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite
Weight: 12.3 oz. / 350 grams
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite is a solid 3-season air sleeping pad which you could consider if you look for a pad which packs light.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm
Weight: 14.5 oz. / 410 grams
Fabric bottom: 70D
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is a sleeping pad for late spring, winter or early spring. However, in Scandinavia it is my go-to sleeping bag throughout the year.
Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Pad
weight: 15.3 oz. / 435 grams
The Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock Pad was designed to fit inside a Therm-a-Rest Slacker hammock which incorporates self-inflating foam with air channels to increase warmth and loft.
Therm-a-Rest Trail King SV
Weight: 29 oz. / 822 grams
The Therm-a-RestTrail King SV is a self-inflation sleeping pad.
The Trail King SV includes AirFrame construction which alternates foam and air channels and SpeedValve technology for fast inflation and deflation.
Therm-a-Rest Z LITE SOL
Weight: 14.5 oz. / 410 grams
The Therm-a-Rest Z LITE SOL is a foam sleeping pad which is a safe choice than an air sleeping pad.
You can also use this pad in combination with an air sleeping pad to get the ultimate in comfort and insulation.
How to choose the best sleeping pad?
- Weight (do you want an ultralight sleeping pad?)
- Size (does it need to pack small?)
- Pad for summer, winter, or 4-season?
- Sleeping area (do I need a bigger size because I am a big guy?)
- Ease of inflate / deflate
- Is weight more important to me than comfort?
- Durability (a thinner fabric may be less durable / may not be that puncture resistant)
- Do I want to have a inflatable mattress, a self-inflating pad or a camping foam?
- Are the edges of the pad supportive?
- Does the pad slip easily in the tent?
- Does the pad make noise when I sleep on it (ear plugs might help)?
I found my Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm more comfortable because of it’s surface pattern than my EXPED SYNMAT UL 7 M and it insulates better while being lighter.
I just don’t get along with those vertically grooves on the EXPED. I also found that the Therm-a-rest is more stable to sleep on.
However, it’s of course still possible to sleep on the EXPED depending on what surface you prefer.
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm is a bit more expensive than the SYNMAT UL 7 M.
What I like on the SYNMAT is that it is easy to inflate and deflate. For the Therm-a-rest it took me a little bit longer because of the smaller valve compared to the EXPED.
Since I found the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm a reference model for cold temperatures, I didn’t include any other sleeping pads which are more heavy except the Therm-a-Rest EvoLite since it is a self-inflating pad for the warmer months.
If I would go on a trip then my preference would go towards the Therm-a-rest XTherm - which is the best sleeping pad in my opinion.
In very cold conditions I would combine the Therm-a-Rest XTherm with the Therm-a-Rest Z Sol.
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