The Best Sleeping Pads, According to You
We crowdsourced reviews on this crucial piece of gear
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This week, we scanned Amazon's bestseller list for the highest-rated sleeping pads, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
Teton Sports Camp Pad ($65)
“I'm currently stationed in Afghanistan. I’m pretty well off overall, and my room came with a mattress but it was horrible. We get far too little sleep here as it is so I need to make the best of what I get. In an effort to upgrade my mattress, I bought this one and it was definitely the right choice. It feels like some variation of memory foam, the cover seems very durable and I'll be able to fit it into my duffel when I redeploy.”
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest ($16)
“This is a really nice pad. It is not as compact as the self inflation ones but it’s thick enough to cover bumpy rocks. You also don’t have to worry about it popping and it rolls up easily and can be tied to the outside of any backpack.”
Camp Solutions Camping Self Inflating Sleeping Pad with Attached Pillow ($40)
“This is a very comfortable pad and the perfect size. It sets up in about one minute. The attached pillow is a useful design and really makes sleeping on the ground much more comfortable. It’s also lightweight and rolls up compactly.”
OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad ($90)
“I bought this ultralight pad because it packed smaller and was lighter than my Thermarest Prolite regular. As a hiking enthusiast, I am always looking to minimize my pack weight and size. This pad did both. I slept on it in 30 degree weather in Alaska and was very impressed.”
Klymit Static V ($50)
“I was hesitant to spend this much money on a sleeping pad but now my only complaint is I wish I had done it sooner. This is the most comfortable sleeping pad I have used and I’ve used a lot of them. I live in Oregon and spend as much time in the mountains as I can get away with. I've used it camping, backpacking, in a hammock, on the ground, and with my cot.”