Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



Very comfortable pad and you can adjust the firmness.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $99.99


Very comfortable pad and you can adjust the firmness. Durable. For a camping pad, one of the best I have ever used.


  • Durable
  • Self-inflating but adjustable
  • XLg was very good size for me


  • Not great traction on bottom, so you can slide a bit if on a tilted surface

Very good product. The comfort was great. I used it camping sleeping on the ground. Could not feel the ground and the mattress was firm enough that even laying on my side, I was not touching the ground.  

The only drawback was you need to be sure you are on surface that is flat or nearly flat. There isn't any traction on the bottom (a common problem with the camping mattresses I have looked at) and therefore if you are on any type of a hill, the mattress may slide down a little at night.

The bottom of my tent is like a tarp, with no real traction either, so I found on a slope, I slid a little towards the bottom of my tent during the night. But other than that, it is a great camping pad.  


The classics are classic for a reason. Durable, insulating,…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $75


The classics are classic for a reason. Durable, insulating, and comfortable. Reasonably priced.


  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Price


  • Weight

This is a reasonably weighted pad that has withstood the test of time and teenagers. I had one when I was a teenager, and now I've moved on. It worked OK for backpacking and car camping, but wasn't exceptionally light or exceptionally comfortable.

Now Thermarest has both options (Neo Air and Dreamtime, respectively) and I will let my children and less-reliable friends use these. The biggest advantage is that these will last a long time and not develop leaks. They can take a fair amount of abuse, and self-inflate. I have had mine for more than ten years.


Very comfortable, insulates like crazy. A little heavy…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $25

Very comfortable, insulates like crazy. A little heavy for some back-packers, but the weight is justified when cold-winter camping in remote locations (pictured below). It insulates very well. Rolls up easily and I have a waterproof carry bag so that I can strap it on the back of my pack. Mine inflate easily and deflate without fuss. Therm-a-Rest has it right.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Part workhorse, part luxury, the Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp mattress is today's deluxe version of the classic Therm-a-Rest mattress - a straightforward design that's been providing dependable comfort under the stars for over 35 years. Crafted on a foundation of time-tested materials and components, they've updated it with an expanded foam core that makes it lighter, more compressible and an even better travel companion. Includes stuff sack.


Therm-a-Rest BaseCampTM sleeping pad offers lighter, softer fabrics than previous seasons on both top and bottom of the pad, improving the softness and feel while reducing weight and bulk.


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- SunnySports

With a design based on the original time-tested Therm-a-Rest mattress, the BaseCamp Sleeping Pad combines proven design principles and components with lighter fabrics and an expanded foam core. In addition to making the pad lighter and easier to compress, the die-cut foam core provides ample support for a restful sleep and supplies a high R-value for comfortable use while winter camping.