Very good pad for the price. Comes with stuff sack,…
Price Paid: about $40
Very good pad for the price. Comes with stuff sack, velcro cinching strap, and repair kit. I have two. Perfect for backpacking, since it is lightweight and packs down so small.
I like the higher side rails. They make the pad feel wider than it actually is, and help keep you from slipping off the edge. Even though it's only 1 inch thick I find it to be very comfortable and warm for 3 season use. Although it's categorized as a self-inflating pad, I find I have to use quite a bit of lung power to get it fully inflated. I think the updated model is called Peak Oyl Aero pad.
This mat is amazing. I didn't want to spend the serious…
Price Paid: $50
This mat is amazing. I didn't want to spend the serious cash the high end Therm-a-Rests cost and I had a $25 gift card at REI so I only really paid about $50 for mine. I saw this pad with an included stuff sack, velcro compression strap, and a repair kit and was sold. When I finally got to lay on the pad it was amazing.
The bars of air on the sides keep you on the thing, even with the slippery ripstop material of today's newer sleeping bags. I can even lay on my side and my hip bones do not contact the ground. It's MAYBE 19 oz. max and it compresses way smaller than its stuff sack so you can put other soft items in there as well.
Overall a great pad that easily trumps the Therm-a-rest line and their extra $20-ish prices.
Big Shock!! I prefer this to the Therm-a-rest ProLite…
Price Paid: $83
Big Shock!! I prefer this to the Therm-a-rest ProLite 4 (Reg size) and ProLite 3 Short (both of which I own or have owned).
It is a good value in that the stuff sack and repair kit were included in the initial price. Quality is on par with any Therm-a-rest mat I have owned.
The top reason I liked this mat was the side tubes. They look a bit out of the ordinary at first, but they work great. They really do keep you from rolling off the mat, which is a problem I have had with all other self-inflaters I have used, being a pretty big guy (6'2" 225lbs). The side tubes are synthetic filled (like Big Agnes mats) so they also roll up nice and small, but you still have the foam underneath for firmness where you need it.
There is a thicker version of this mat available for cold weather but I like how small and light this one rolls up. I think this would get most people through 3 seasons. My hip doesn't bottom out when I roll on my side.
All in all, I found this to be more comfortable than the ProLite 3, and it's about 30g lighter for those of you who are drilling holes in your toothbrush handles.
I would especially recommend this to side-sleepers who roll about in their sleep, as that is when the tubes really work best.