Friday, May 07, 2010

My Review of Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite - Regular

Originally submitted at REI

For sleep-anywhere comfort, Z Lite is the lightest, most compact, full-length closed-cell foam pad Therm-a-Rest® makes.

Great minimalist pad

By thelosthiker from Kentucky on 5/7/2010


5out of 5

Gift: No

Pros: Durable, Warm, Lightweight, Packs Easily

Best Uses: Winter Camping, 3 Season Camping, Backpacking, 4 Season Camping, Car Camping, Cold Conditions

Describe Yourself: Professional/Guide

What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist

I didn't put down comfortable as a pro, nor did I put it down as a con, mostly because it's what you make of it really. It cracks me up when people say this product is uncomfortable. What did you expect, the same comfort as a tempurpedic? It's a foam mat, get a clue. The best suggestion that I have taken and will now pass along is to pile up a bunch of leaves under your tent directly under where you'll sleep. That helps make it nice and cushy and the crinkling really isn't an issue for me, it comes with the territory. People expect this cushy luxurious outdoor experience, it won't happen unless you stay at some sort of all inclusive lodge! It's camping, in the woods, in a tent, on the ground. For $40 you get a nearly indestructible mat/pad that's light and isn't a pain to pack up. If you want a VERY reliable, very tough, light, simple sleeping pad...then this is it. To make it really comfortable, the rest is up to you!