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.

Best Sleeping Pads and Mats 2019

Weight comparison table

Sleeping Pad R-Value Weight
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
R-Value: 1.5

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
R-Value: 4.1

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
R-Value: 4.5

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

Exped Synmat UL 7

R-Value: 3.3
Weight: 1.8 oz. / 450 grams
Fabric: 20D

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
R-value: 1.3

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

Sea to Summit Ultralight

R-Value: 0.7
Weight: 12.5 oz. / 355 grams
Fabric: 40D

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.


Therm-a-Rest EvoLite

Therm-a-Rest EvoLite

R-Value: 2.1
Weight: 18.3 oz. / 520 grams
Fabric: 30D

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
R-Value: 4.9

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

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

R-Value: 3.2
Weight: 12.3 oz. / 350 grams
Fabric: 30D

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

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

R-Value: 5.7
Weight: 14.5 oz. / 410 grams
Fabric: 30D
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
R-value: 2.1

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
R-value: 1.8

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

Therm-a-Rest Z LITE SOL

R-Value: 2.6
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)?