Latest Reviews

Honcho Poncho

rated 4 of 5 stars The Therm-a-rest Honcho Poncho is an indulgent piece of gear that can shed rain and help keep you warm as a garment or convert into a blanket for more supine endeavors. It is ideal as a wrap for car camping and sporting events or as a throw while lounging at home, but definitely a questionable choice of luxury for backpackers owing to its bulk (16 x 12 x 5 in./ 40.6 x 30.5 x 12.7 cm ) and weight (28 oz/ 794g). Design and Materials: The Poncho Goes Technical The Honcho Poncho is essentially a light,… Full review


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


rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very comfortable, but it sounds like you're sleeping on a bag of chips—crinkly noises every time I moved on it. Easy to inflate, very small packed up, BUT very noisy when you roll over. It sounds like you're sleeping on a bag of chips. I tested it in my living room and it was loud. I can't imagine the noise it would make on a quiet night in the woods. If somebody I camped with had this in my tent I wouldn't be too happy. I ended up returning it and getting the Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus. It's… Full review

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

NeoAir Venture WV

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable, durable pad that is easily adjustable with the turn of an air release valve. Took the NeoAir out of the package and it is a dark grey color. First impression was that it was well made and durable. I thought I had bought a self inflating pad, so was a bit disappointed that it wasn't that type of pad. Nevertheless, it was easy to blow up. It took my boyfriend about twenty exhales and then he turned the valve to keep the air from escaping. It felt really good when I laid down on it. Full review

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Cascade Designs is the parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLineE-Case, PackTowl, Tracks, and Hummingbird outdoor brands.


Therm-a-Rest Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Outdoor Retailer Gear Show Highlights
Here are a few packs, sleeping bags, and other gear highlights we spotted from Lowe Alpine, Mountain Equipment, Gregory, Backpacker's Pantry, Jetboil, The North Face, and more. Read more
August 6, 2012

Outdoor Retailer: Backcountry Camp Gear Preview
From stoves to shelters to headlamps, new equipment promises to make your backcountry campsite warmer, lighter, safer, and more comfortable. Here are a few highlights that make their debuts at Outdoor Retailer next week. Read more
July 28, 2012

Therm-a-Rest Sleep System Review
Combine Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir All Season pad, Alpine Down Blanket, and Fitted Sheet and you get a full sleep system. Find out how comfortable and versatile the pieces were for our tester. Read more
September 12, 2011

Outdoor Retailer: All Season NeoAir from Therm-a-Rest
Winter ultralighters, Therm-a-Rest is adding an all-season NeoAir mattress to their sleeping pad lineup. It uses the same Reflective Barrier and Triangular Core Matrix layers as the original NeoAir, but more of them for a 4.9 R-value at 19 ounces. Read more
January 22, 2011

Outdoor Retailer: Platypus, MSR, Therm-a-Rest
New hydration packs, tents, cookware and sleeping gear from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2010 Read more
August 10, 2010

Outdoor Retailer: RidgeRest Solar
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January 24, 2010


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