Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads are found in every kind of campsite you can imagine–high in the alpine, rolled out in the back of hatchbacks and on every major thru-hike in the world. Go ahead and name your adventure, we’ve got a sleeping pad for it. But how do you choose the one (ones?) you need out of 20 models? With variables like thickness, weight, warmth and various technologies, finding the right one might seem daunting.

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To help you pick the right pad for your style of adventure, we’ve put together The Ultimate Guide to Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads. It’s intended to be the one-stop Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad bible.  Here you will find key specs and information that will help you make easy comparisons and confidently select the right sleeping pad for your sleep system.

Jump ahead to: 
1. Fast & Light Sleeping Pads
2. Trek & Travel Sleeping Pads
3. Camp & Comfort Sleeping Pads
4. Sleeping Pad R-Value
5. Sleeping Pad Construction
6. Sleeping Pad Valves
7. Sleeping Pad Sizes
8. How to Choose a Sleeping Pad
9. Sleeping Pad Maintenance

Two people jumping with Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads and an MSR tent.

Fast & Light Sleeping Pads

This is our backcountry-focused category comprised of lightweight, warm, compact and durable sleeping pads. Featuring advanced materials and construction techniques, Fast & Light pads showcase why Therm-a-Rest has defined the cutting edge of sleeping pad innovation for over 50 years.

Model R-Value Sizes Weight Thickness Best Use
NeoAir® XLite NXT™XLite NXT Sleeping Pad 4.5 Regular Short
Regular Wide
11.5 oz / 0.33 kg
13 oz / 0.37 kg
1 lb / 0.45 kg
1 lb 1 oz / 0.48 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Backpacking, thru-hiking, bike packing, kayaking, canoeing
NeoAir® XLite NXT MAX
XLite NXT MAX Sleeping Pad
4.5 Regular Wide
1 lb 3 oz / 0.54 kg
1lb 4 oz / 0.57 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Backpacking, thru-hiking, bike packing, kayaking, canoeing, with extra comfort
NeoAir® XTherm NXT™
XTherm NXT Sleeping Pad

Regular Wide


15.5 oz  / 0.44 kg
1 lb 3 oz / .54 kg
1 lb 4 oz / 0.57 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Cold weather/winter, backpacking, thru-hiking, bike packing, kayaking, canoeing
NeoAir® XTherm NXT MAX™
XTherm NXT MAX Sleeping Pad
7.3 Regular Wide
1 lb 7 oz / 0.65 kg
1 lb 8 oz / 0.68 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Cold weather/winter, backpacking, thru-hiking, bike packing, kayaking, canoeing with extra comfort
ProLite Apex™ProLite Apex Sleeping Pad 3.8 Regular
Regular Wide
1 lb 6 oz / 0.62 kg
1 lb 12 oz / 0.79 kg
1 lb 14 oz / 0.85 kg
2 in / 5cm Backpacking, all-around use, canoeing, rafting
ProLite™ Plus
Women's ProLite Sleeping Pad
3.2 Small
1 lb / 0.45 kg
1 lb 7 oz / 0.65 kg
1 lb 15 oz / 0.88 kg
1.5 in / 3.8 cm Backpacking, all-around use
ProLite™ Plus Women’s
Women's ProLite Sleeping Pad
3.9 Regular 1 lb 7 oz  / 0.65 kg 1.5 in / 3.8 cm Backpacking, all-around use
Z Lite SOL™Z Lite SOL Sleeping Pad 2.0 Small
10 oz / 0.29 kg
14 oz / 0.41 kg
0.75 in / 2 cm Backpacking, sleep system layering, thru-hiking, ultralight, all-around use, multi-function
Original Z Lite™
1.7 Regular 14 oz / 0.41 kg 0.75 in / 2 cm Backpacking, thru-hiking, ultralight, all-around use, multi-function

NeoAir® XLite™ NXT/NeoAir XLite™ NXT MAX

XLite NXT Sleeping Pads

The award-collecting, best-selling, standard-setting sleeping pad for lightweight backpacking performance. From ultralight purists to casual weekenders, everybody benefits from the XLite NXT’s low weight, compact packed size and high degree of comfort. Internally, the XLite NXT is built with Triangular Core Matrix construction, which returns the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any pad construction in the industry. Externally, its made of 30D ripstop nylon that keeps things lightweight with long-lasting durability.

At 3-inches thick, the XLite NXT is comfy and supportive for side sleepers. With its 4.5 R-value, it delivers year-round warmth. For broader campers and those that prefer more sleep surface area, the MAX version provides a full rectangle of insulated comfort.  Both versions pack down to about the size of a 1-liter water bottle. To top it all off, the high-flow, one-way inflation of the WingLock Valve makes setting up and packing up a breeze. Plus, it comes with a breath-saving pump sack.

Bottom Line: If you need a light, compact, warm and reliable pad for your backcountry-going sleep system, there is no better choice than the XLite NXT.


NeoAir® XTherm™ NXT/NeoAir XTherm™ NXT MAX

XTherm NXT Sleeping Pads

For years, the award-winning XTherm has provided the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any sleeping pad on the market. The latest NXT edition doubles down on that to maintain its reputation as the absolute go-to ultralight pad for alpinists and winter backpackers. While it’s slightly bulkier than the XLite NXT due to thicker materials and added warmth features, it still packs down plenty small to be a frequent choice for thru-hikers. We commonly hear from customers that the XTherm is their go-to pad for every trip, not just the cold ones. For a few extra ounces they get the added durability and assured warmth.

The XTherm NXT’s top mandate is warmth, packing a R-value of 7.3.  Like its yellow sibling, it has a 3-inch thick side-sleep-worthy profile and is available in a rectangular MAX version. Internally, Triangular Core Matrix construction integrates with two layers of reflective ThermaCapture™ material (one in the middle and one near the bottom) to maximize heat retention while minimizing bulk. Externally, the top of the pad is made of 30D ripstop nylon, while the bottom is 70D to improve its heat retention and puncture resistance. Like the XLite NXT, the WingLock Valve breezes inflation and deflation especially when combined with the included pump sack.


Bottom Line: The XTherm NXT is a cold-weather specialist in a league of its own, but the qualities that make it great are useful on any trip.


ProLite™ Apex


While air pad innovation has stormed the industry with remarkable reductions in weight and bulk, we find the ProLite Apex is making happy sleepers out of many backpackers with its versatile best-of-both-worlds design. StrataCore™ construction combines the lightweight and compact attributes of a true air pad with the ease-of-use, comfort and durability of a self-inflating sleeping pad. Alternating ridges of air and open-cell foam wrapped in 50D polyester fabric make this 2-inch-thick pad relaibly comfortable, warm (R-value 3.8) and durable for three season use. The self-inflating open-cell foam core plus a WingLock Valve makes inflation wildly easy (essentially it’s just topping it off with a few breaths to find your desired comfort level).

Bottom Line: Open-cell foam core pads will never be as light and compact as air pads, but the ProLite Apex delivers easy inflation, foam-core comfort and the added durability of studier materials.


ProLite™ Plus/ProLite Plus Women’s


The ProLite Plus is a thicker and warmer version of the classic ProLite. Although the added comfort measures increase the overall weight, the ProLite Plus is no less backcountry ready. At 1.5-inches thick with a supportive die-cut foam core, this pad can be relied on for compact and durable backcountry comfort. The open-cell foam does most of the inflation work, requiring just a few breaths to find your desired comfort level. Based on extensive pressure-mapping analysis of how we sleep, the Women’s model features higher foam density in the hip area for added support, resulting in slight boost in warmth as an added bonus.

Bottom Line: The ProLite Plus gives the sleeper simple and durable three-season performance at camp.


Z Lite SOL™/Original Z Lite™

ZLite Sleeping Pads

The original “accordion egg carton” closed-cell foam sleeping pad. This iconic pad has become mainstays in gear kits for long distance thru-hikes, remote expeditions and first-time-out weekenders alike. Why? The Z Lite series is darn-near perfect with its approach to being an indestructible, ultralight and multi-use tool for your backpacking kit. Yes, it’s a sleeping pad, but it easily doubles as a seat, a dog-bed, a fly-swatter or and even a first aid tool for splinting injured knees.  Honestly, your imagination is the limit.

The textured design allows heat-trapping dimples to capture your body heat and hold it. Moreover, the SOL model features a layer of our proprietary reflective ThermaCapture coating to bump its R-value up to a fair-weather 2.0. That may not seem like much, but if you layer it under another pad, that 2.0 is added to your other pad’s R-Value. For example, an XLite—with a three-season R-Value of 4.2—on top of Z Lite SOL achieves an overall R-Value of 6.2—firmly in the four-season range–plus an indestructible bottom layer for added protetion. That level of backcountry usefulness is hard to find at this price, in any gear category.


inflating trail pro

Trek & Travel™ Sleeping Pads

The modern adventurer rarely restricts themselves to a single lane of adventure. Weeks spent sleeping in a tent deep in the backcountry are followed up by weekends car camping with friends and family. Our Trek and Travel pads are are built to bridge that gap. They’re light and compact enough for the backpack, while still bringing the premium comfort features you want in the frontcountry.

Model R-Value Sizes Weight Thickness Best Use
NeoAir® Topo LuxeTherm-a-Rest Topo Luxe Sleeping Pad 3.7 Regular
Regular Wide
1 lb 7 oz / 0.65 kg
1 lb 11 oz / 0.77 kg
1 lb 13 oz / 0.82 kg
2 lb 2 oz / 0.96 kg
4 in / 10 cm Backpacking, all-around use, car camping, side sleepers
NeoAir® Topo
Therm-a-Rest Topo Sleeping Pad
2.3 Regular
Regular Wide
1 lb 5 oz / 0.59 kg
1 lb 12 oz / 0.80 kg
1 lb 14 oz / 0.85 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Backpacking, all-around use, car camping, side sleepers
NeoAir® Venture™ NeoAir Venture Sleeping Pad 2.2 Regular
1 lb 3 oz / 0.54 kg
1 lb 10 oz / 0.74 kg
2 in / 5 cm backpacking
Trail Pro™
Trail Pro Sleeping Pad
4.4 Regular
Regular Wide
1 lb 13 oz / 0.82 kg
2 lb 5 oz / 1.04 kg
2 lb 7 oz / 1.11 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Backpacking, all-around use, car camping, rafting/canoeing, truck/van sleep systems, side-sleepers
Trail Lite™
Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad
3.2 Regular
1 lb 10 oz / 0.74 kg
2 lb 3 oz / 0.99 kg
1.5 in / 3.8 cm Backpacking, car camping
Trail Lite™ Women’s
Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad
4.5 Regular 1 lb 10 oz / 0.74 kg 1.5 in / 3.8 cm Backpacking, car camping
Trail Scout™
Trail Scout
3.1 Small
15 oz / 0.43kg
1 lb 8 oz / 0.68kg
2 lb 1 oz / 0.94kg
1 in / 2.5 cm Entry-level backpacking, backpacking, car camping
RidgeRest® Classic
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic Sleeping Pad
2.0 Regular
14 oz / 0.40 kg
1 lb 3 oz / 0.54 kg
0.625 in / 1.5 cm Backpacking, multi-use

NeoAir® Topo™


The Topo strikes that perfect balance between specialist, lightweight backpacking pad and a super-comfy frontcountry bed. Made of premium materials, the Topo boasts a 3 inches (7.6 cm) of ultra-supportive loft while being able to pack down small when it’s time to hit the trail. WaveCore™ construction ensures the necessary insulation for three-season pursuits.

It comes with a pump-sack for easy inflation in addition to the standard WingLock Valve system that features one-way inflation.


NeoAir® Topo™ Luxe


As the name suggests, the Topo Luxe takes the backcountry comfort profile of the Topo and goes all in. A full 3 inches thick, with a balanced and supportive rectangular sleep surface, means restless nights searching for a comfortable position at camp are a thing of the past. Premium materials and Triangular Core Matrix construction make this comfort-conscious pad compact and backcountry ready, but with the chops to be the envy of any car campsite.

Unlike its sibling, the Topo Luxe uses the TwinLock Valve system. This system features dedicated one-way valves for deflating and inflating all that deluxe loft super-easy. Our unique, Triangular Core Matrix construction gives the Topo Luxe plenty of warmth for three-season use and unrivaled air pad stability.

Pro Tip: Layer a Z-Lite SOL underneath, to booth your Topo Luxe into the four-season range.


NeoAir® Venture™


A classic NeoAir design, the Venture air pad provides access to the benefits of our most advanced air pad technology and benefits at a great price. WaveCore construction makes it supportive and compact, and its rectangular cut and 2-inch thick profile offer the outstanding air pad comfort with a 2.2 R-value that is ideal for summer backpacks, road trips, or anywhere cold is not a major concern.  And of course, our WingLock valve keeps inflation and deflation quick and easy.

Another important aspect of the Venture is its durability. If you prioritize durability over light weight, and are willing to bag a few extra ounces for extra peace of mind, the NeoAir Venture could be your pad.


Trail Pro™


The Trail Pro distills our best designs and ideas into one go-anywhere unicorn of a sleeping pad. This under-appreciated staff favorite is a masterpiece of self-inflating performance and could be the Quiver Killer you’ve been looking for. Compact and light enough for backpacking pursuits, the Trail Pro brings the comfort you would typically reserve for car-camping to remote destinations. The stretch-knit fabric surface is plush and feels great next-to-skin, while the StataCore foam construction offers peak support for sleepers of any type (we’re talking about you, side-sleepers).

At three inches thick, with a cold-conquering 4.4 R-Value, the Trail Pro promises supreme comfort anywhere you take it. “Three-inches with a foam core, that must be too bulky for a backpack, right,” you ask?  Wrong. The StrataCore foam construction uses alternating ridges of air and foam to cut bulk, while the tapered cut of the pad provides maximum comfort and significant weight reduction.


Trail Lite™/ Women’s Trail Lite

trail lite_reg-wmns

The 1.5-inch thick Trail Lite is the go-to pad for campers and backpackers looking for the ease of self-inflation, enough warmth for three-season adventures and  Therm-a-Rest quality without breaking the bank. The premium die-cut foam core keeps weight down, ensures packability and offers all-night support so you can follow your adventure whims anywhere they may take you.

Based on extensive pressure-mapping analysis of how we sleep, a customized Women’s model is designed with a boost of foam density in the hip area for added comfort, resulting in slight boost in warmth as an added bonus.


Trail Scout™

Trail Scout Dark Forest

Essential comfort is the name of the game for this popular three-season classic. While ideal for novice backpackers, the build quality, low weight and compact profile make this pad suitable for anyone seeking outstanding value. The self-inflating, open-cell foam core does much of the inflation work, requiring just a few breaths into the WingLock Valve to reach your desired comfort level.


RidgeRest Classic


The closed-cell foam of the RidgeRest series offers indestructible reliability, basic comfort and multi-function peace of mind; traits that have earned it high praise and a place on the backpacks of backpackers of all experience levels for over four decades.  The “peaks and valleys” thermally formed into each foam provide a supportive sleep surface and space to trap heat.

RidgeRest pads roll up into a compact cylinder for easy packing and come sizes small through large.


large camping sleeping pad

Camp & Comfort Sleeping Pads

There are few things as sublime as a leisurely weekend spent camping with family and friends. In your favorite state park, dispersed in a National Forest or by a river, lake or crag; these are happy times. With premium materials and an eye for what the human body needs for comfy sleep, our Camp & Comfort series is designed to provide the sleep foundation for these happy times. Lay down on one of these comfort-focused pads for a sublime night’s rest under the stars.

Model R-Value Sizes Weight Thickness Best Use
MondoKing™ 3D
MondoKing™ 3D Sleeping Pad
7.0 Large
4 lb 6 oz / 1.99 kg
5 lb 8 oz / 2.50 kg
4.25 in / 11 cm Car camping, truck/van sleep systems, impressing your friends at camp
LuxuryMap™ LuxuryMap Sleeping Pad 6.0 Regular
3 lb 4 oz / 1.48 kg
4 lb 3 oz / 1.90 kg
5 lb 2 oz / 2.33 kg
3 in / 7.6 cm Car camping, truck/van sleep systems
BaseCamp Sleeping Pad
6.0 Regular
2 lb 8 oz / 1.14 kg
3 lb 6 oz / 1.53 kg
4 lb / 1.82 kg
2 in / 5 cm Car camping

MondoKing™ 3D


This aptly name pad is the pinnacle of camp comfort; spend a night on one and you’ll likely reach the same conclusion.  “3D” refers to the sidewall construction style that allowed us mimic a traditional mattress with a broad, flat and supportive sleep surface and four inches of thickness. The use of sidewalls makes it possible to capture the comfort and ease of self-inflating foam without a tapered-off sleep surface around the edges. Other key comfort features include the next-to-skin delight that is stretch-knit fabric, and the four-season R-Value of 7.0—the highest R-value of any Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad.

Despite the outsized comfort aspirations of the design, the Mondo remains compact thanks to StrataCore construction. With the dedicated deflation valve of the TwinLock Valve system it will easily roll up slot into any car trunk. When it’s time to set up camp, the combo of open-cell foam and the high-flow valve makes inflating this beast as easy as topping it off to your comfort level with a few breaths or rolls of the included pump sack. Whether you are pitching a tent in summer or crashing in your van for first chair in Jackson Hole, the MondoKing provides more than enough warmth and comfort for a good night’s sleep anywhere.

Pro Tip: Lay it out in your home when you need an extra bed for visiting friends or in-laws, it’s that comfortable.




The LuxuryMap is the perfect bridge between the essential performance of the BaseCamp and the mammoth comfort of MondoKing 3D. It utilizes the same plush stretch-knit fabrics as the Mondo that make it delightful to the touch and comes in at a cold-conquering 6.0 R-value. Thicker than the BaseCamp at three inches, the LuxuryMap lives up to its name with a broad and supportive sleep surface that accommodates side-sleepers and those that toss and turn at night.

The self-inflating foam core provides ease-of-use for this high-volume pad, while the TwinLock Valve system makes topping-off and deflating it remarkably easy. It steps up from the BaseCamp with a pressure-mapped foam core designed to provide the perfect balance of supportive comfort and weight-saving packability. Without vertical sidewalls, it’s less bulky than the Mondo, but still provides outstanding comfort in the frontcountry.




The BaseCamp pad’s simple form factor harkens back to the original self-inflating foam pads, but with modern-day frontcountry comfort. Two inches thick, with a supportive open-cell foam core wrapped in comfortable and durable fabrics, the BaseCamp pad can be relied upon as a  refuge from the elements time and time again—just like a base camp ought to be.The real kicker though is its incredible value. If you’ve been using your backpacking pad for car camping and are looking for something more deluxe for roadside use without breaking the bank, the BaseCamp is an excellent choice.


laying in sleeping bag on multiple sleeping pads

Sleeping Pad R-Value

R-Value is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the slower heat will pass through a given material or structure. Practically speaking, the higher the R-Value, the warmer a pad is.

Keep in mind that R-Value is not the same as the temperature ratings used to rate the warmth of sleeping bags and quilts. While a sleeping bag uses its insulation to keep cold air out and trap warm air in, a sleeping pad creates a thermal resistance against the cold ground. Heat flows from warmer to cooler space until there is no difference in temperature. Your sleeping pad is the barrier that prevents that heat loss, and R-Value is the rating of how well it does that.

Why is knowing about R-Value important? Having a pad with the right R-Value for the present conditions will allow you to be thermally efficient. Of course, thermal efficiency is achieved by the right combination of all the gear that makes up your sleep system (more on that in a moment), but your pad is the foundation of the system. Here’s a quick breakdown of R-Value ranges and how they pertain to the seasons:

sleeping pad r value chart

Keep in mind that this is general guide. There are no absolutes when it comes to conditions outdoors and the preferences of a sleeper’s body. Some people sleep cold even if it’s warm, and sometimes the weather changes unexpectedly. Choosing the pad that fits your preferences—both of where and how you adventure, as well as what type of sleeper you are—will ensure you follow that key rule of going outside: be prepared.

ultralight sleeping pads

Sleeping Pad Layering + R-Value

One mantra that is often tossed around when talking about preparing for any outdoor adventure is, “expect the unexpected.” In the category of sleeping pads, the best way to prepare for this is the same as clothing (and even sleeping bags and quilts): layering. R-Value is additive. Meaning if you stack two pads you can add their respective R-Value’s together for higher overall rating. We don’t recommend stacking two inflatable pads, chances are you would fall off overnight, but a closed-cell pad is a different story.

We mentioned it above but its worth repeating, a Z-Lite SOL is a downright useful thing to have. If temperatures unexpectedly drop, layering that Z-Lite under your inflatable pad will boost your overall R-Value by 2.0 and allow you to stay warm. If you don’t need it for your warmth, then you have something comfy to sit on or to swat flies with. That’s winning at preparation.

ASTM standard R Value machine

Sleeping Pad Construction Technology

Different construction types allow Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads to be unique and excel in different areas.

NeoAir Construction Types

triangular core matrix

Triangular Core Matrix™ : This patent-pending technology is a big reason our NeoAir line has created better experiences in the backcountry and collected numerous awards along the way. Two stacked layers of triangular baffles minimize heat loss and create an incredibly stable sleep surface despite the use of ultralight and compact materials. No other construction tech can match its warmth-to-weight ratio.

wave core

WaveCore: Utilizes a single layer of horizontal baffles that slows convective heat loss without adding extra bulk. It doesn’t quite match the warm-to-weight ratio of Triangular Core Matrix, meaning it’s found in our warmer weather pads. Less material and manufacturing intensive means WaveCore pads are usually less expensive.

Self-Inflating Construction Types

open cell foam

Open-Cell Foam: The original construction type and the technology that revolutionized outdoor sleep. Nowadays its less a construction type than it is the raw material that we use in the next three types. Still, the properties of open-cell foam are what makes self-inflation happen. Empty open cells act as a vacuum when the pad is rolled out and the valve opened. Air fills them until equilibrium  is established with the outside air pressure.


StrataCore Construction: StrataCore marries the attributes of air pads and self-inflating pads. A continuous layer of thermal open-cell foam is cut in an pattern of a series of ridges. The spaces in between the ridges are filled with air to accompany the support of the foam. This allows significant weight savings, but here’s the best part: StrataCore yields the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any self-inflating foam construction.

vertically die-cut foam

Vertically Die-Cut Foams: A cut structure that cuts vertical channels out of a solid open-cell foam core. This allows us to trim weight off the pad and keep it compact while still being supportive.

diagonally die-cut foam

Diagonally Die-Cut Foams: Like vertically cut foam, except the channels are diagonally cut. Diagonal channels reduce heat loss by minimizing air flow while providing the same support and reduced weight and bulk.


Sleeping Pad Valves

Classic Valve
While not on any of our pads anymore, understanding the classic valve puts the advancements of our next two valves in perspective. The original valve focused on three key principles, ease-of-use, durability and repairability. Its easy twist-to-open and close action made it intuitively easy to use with gloves on, in the dark or in the cold. Having it set off the surface of the pad made midnight adjustments possible. Set into a plastic valve seat in the pad and sealed with an adhesive made replacing the valves a simple process that could be done at home or in the field.

sleeping pad valve

WingLock™ Valve
The WingLock kept the core principles of the classic valve and took it to the next level. Still with the simple twist action, the added “wings” allow for the valve to be set to inflation or deflation mode. In inflation mode the valve is one-way, ensuring that the air you put in doesn’t escape between breaths or rolls of a pump sack.  When the wings are set in deflation mode, and the valve opened, the air can escape. We made the orifice larger so there is 3x the airflow in and out. The high-grade plastic parts are durable and easy to grip with gloves and cold hands. Still set of the surface of the pad and into a plastic valve seat, replacing the valve is just as easy with a valve repair kit. The WingLock valve is found on most of our pads, including all of the Fast & Light series pads.

deflating sleeping pad twin lock valve

TwinLock™ Valve
Reserved for our high-volume pads, the TwinLock takes all of the functionality of the WingLock and splits into two valves. A dedicated one-way inflation valve, and a dedicated deflation valve that allows you to rapidly dump air out of your pad.

Four people standing in front of Therm-A-Rest sleeping pads.

Sleeping Pad Sizes

Women’s Size
A few of our sleeping pads offer a Women’s size that is shorter and warmer. Our research shows that on average women tend to sleep colder and benefit from a little extra insulation. The dimensions of the Women’s size maintain the width at 20-inches wide (51 cm), like the standard Regular size, but trim the length down to 66 in (168 cm) from the Regular 72-inches (183 cm). We’ve found that a significant number of men opt for Women’s sizing due to the decrease in weight and increase in warmth. Likewise, plenty of women opt for our standard sized pad’s.

20-inches (51 cm) wide and 47-inches (119 cm) long. This sizing is commonly referred to as the ¾ pad, and is popular amongst thru-hikers and other ultralight focused adventurers. This size offers warmth and comfort for the most critical area of the body—the torso—and cuts a significant amount of weight by not supporting the legs. Sounds uncomfortable? Not so fast, a common solution is to put your backpack under your legs. Not for everybody, but the weight savings and packability gains makes it worth it for some.

20-inches wide (51 cm) and 72-inches (183 cm) long. The baseline size of our sleeping pads. The Regular size offers full body support for people up to 6-feet tall.

Regular Wide
25-inches wide (64 cm) and 72-inches (183 cm) long. Added width supports broader shoulders and body types without adding unnecessary extra length.  

25-inches wide (64 cm) and 77-inches (196 cm) long. The Large size offers full body support for those that are taller than 6-feet. Added width accounts for broader shoulders and body types.

MAX sizes in our ultralight sleeping pads are fully rectangular, rather than the standard tapered shapes. This adds that extra bit of room for broader torsos and those that move around a lot in their sleep.

Woman cuddling with dog on sleep system in the desert

Sleep Systems & How to Choose a Sleeping Pad

Sleep systems are the combinations of sleeping pads, sleeping bags, quilts and pillows used to achieve a good night’s sleep outdoors. When choosing a sleeping pad, it’s critical you consider your choice in context of the other gear you will be using alongside it.

Choosing the right sleeping pad is a function of matching the attributes of a pad to your sleeper profile, the climatic conditions you expect to encounter, and the performance of your other sleep equipment. There’s a lot to consider here, so in addition to the sleep system blog linked above here’s some additional reading materials to help you out:

submerging sleeping pad to look for leaks

Sleeping Pad Maintenance

You’ve done all your research, you’ve spent the money and now you have a new sleeping pad (or maybe even sleeping pads!). Get stoked because better sleep makes for better adventures. That stoke will quickly disappear when damage your pad and you find yourself waking up on the ground. The following links provide info about caring for and repairing your pad to ensure that doesn’t happen.

If your pad punctures and you are unable to repair it, you can always send it into our repair shop and let the pros do it. We make our gear to last and to be repairable. Keeping it out of landfills is an important step in sustainability. In the event that a manufacturing defect causes a failure, we will replace the pad free of charge under our Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Final Thoughts

A good night’s rest can mean the difference between a safe day outside and a dangerous one. While the difference between full mental engagement and a bit of grogginess doesn’t always lead to questionable safety, the point remains: better sleep = better days.

This is why we are invested in making sure you get the right sleeping pad, not just a sleeping pad. We hope this guide was helpful to your gear research efforts and advanced your knowledge of sleeping pads. If there is any way that you think it could be better, please leave us a comment and share your thoughts. We are always interested in improving our customers experience on the trail as well as in the marketplace. Happy camping!

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Updated. Originally Published Jun 8, 2021.