Closed-Cell Foam Sleeping Pads


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Naturehike Egg Crate Style Anti-Moisture Pad

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the NatureHike brand CCF sleeping pad that is comparable to the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol, complete with the aluminum coating on one side. At only $16.83, including shipping, it's a great deal. I held the NatureHike side-by-side with the Therm-a-Rest, and it's the same in all the dimensions, except mine is blue instead of the yellow Therm-a-Rest. I needed a CCF pad, and didn't want to pay $40 for the Therm-a-Rest. I found this one online, and took a chance. It was $16.83 including the shipping. Full review

Ensolite Sleeping Pad

rated 4 of 5 stars Never fails, always works. My trusted blue pad has served me well for decades. It has handled Arizona rocks, thorns, and pokey plants. It worked on a coral rubble campsite in the Florida Keys. Wisconsin winter camping is no problem. This is a well used and essential item for all my camping. I now add a Therm-a-Rest pad on top for extra cushioning, something not needed when I was in my 20s but greatly appreciated now. The dual pad combo provides for a wonderful night's sleep, I even bring a tiny… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Z-Shield

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Therm-a-Rest Z-Shield is a dense, accordion style, closed cell foam mat. I’d recommend not relying on this as your primary sleeping pad, but it is good for beginners or younger campers. The Z-Shield also could be used as a back support in a frameless pack and comes in handy when a dry or clean place to sit is lacking around the campsite. Testing Conditions I’ve tested it primarily in Florida, but also in North Carolina between mid-October through January. I used the Z-Shield as my sole… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol

rated 4 of 5 stars Super light. Perfect for thru-hiking. I love this sleeping pad. I used to use an inflatable pad, but opted for this one because it is so much lighter. It's easy to use, won't get any holes, and it is pretty comfortable if you sleep on your back. It has an R-value of 2.6. So it's pretty good and it's cheap. It's durable. It's held up over time and I've even cut a couple corners off of it to use as padding when my shoulder got a nasty blister. I've had it for 8 months and it's in great shape. If… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Packs small for transport, but it's maybe a little too small to comfortably use. For the price, it's an OK deal. This sitting pad is based on Therm-a-Rest's popular Z-Lite sleeping pad. I bought mine primarily so that I wouldn't have to sit in the dirt or on bumpy logs and to kneel on to get into my tent. I think it accomplishes these goals fairly well but I have two complaints.  1) It is truly just a sitting pad and as such, you're only ever going to get your butt to fit on it. I would prefer… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great little seat for when out hiking. Works perfectly. I purchased the Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat in Limon/Silver after seeing my friend had one on a winter hike. When everyone stopped to have lunch and we were all looking for a dry place to sit down he just took this out and sat on the nearest rock.   The material is designed to insulate you from the cold wet ground and it does that well. The silver side radiates your body heat back up which helps keep you warmer and the material keeps the snow and… Full review

Therm-a-Rest Z-Rest

rated 4 of 5 stars The Z-Rest is a Therm-a-Rest product, but it's not an air-filled type — rather it's closed cell foam. It's light, durable, and versatile. I've had this one for at least 20 years, maybe 25 and I'd buy another tomorrow (but I don't need to!). The model Z-rest I have is 520mm (2.5") wide and 1.8m (6') long. There are other sizes. It folds in a concertina-style and its egg-carton pattern (do you have egg cartons in the US?) enables each segment to nest. That same pattern means its effective thickness… Full review

REI Standard Blue Foam Pad

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Better than the ground. Competitive weight. Does add some insulation. Should go great combined with another pad for winter use. So, to start off with, I do have, and have used the basic Thermarest self inflating pad in 3/4 length. But not being particularly plump, I tend to bottom-out at the pressure points (hips, elbows, etc.) with any type of air mattress. I'm also constantly afraid of getting a hole in it, though it hasn't happened yet. So for my last backpacking trip I had ordered the Thermarest… Full review

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest

rated 5 of 5 stars A light, relatively inexpensive pad that will prevent sub zero from getting to you from underneath. I bought mine in 1997 and is still going strong. When I am not using it camping, I use it for a yoga mat. I certainly got my money out of it. Mine does not say Therma-Rest, though, it says Cascade Designs. I'm not sure of the merchandizing, but it is the same exact pad. I have a black and grey one, not the newer green and grey. At one point, I cut 16" off the end, to make it shorter, making it 56",… Full review

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