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.

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Therm-A-Rest BaseCamp Air Mattress - 2013Enjoy long night s sleep with the Therm-A-Rest BaseCamp Air Mattress 2013. This mattress is crafted from high-quality materials to ensure that you ll get the warmth that you need during cold weather. It is now made softer, lighter, and more compact for you to enjoy a luxurious comfort every time you lie down on this mattress. It is easy to carry so it is really a great and dependable travel companion. This mattress is perfect for camping, allowing you to feel cozy as you sleep inside your tent in the cold woods. Every penny is worth it because it is made durable to last for a long period of time. With the Therm-A-Rest BaseCamp Air Mattress - 2013, even the ice-cold weather won t disturb you from your deep slumber. Purchase it right away and start a great adventure!

- SunnySports

The most affordable entry in the ThermaRest Camp & Comfort Series, the Thermarest BaseCamp SelfInflating Mattress uses expanded diecut foam to offer excellent support. Camp & Comfort mattresses have luxurious features making them more comfortable than ever. For a great night's sleep, look no further.Expanded diecut foam for excellent support.Lighter, softer fabric, on the top and bottom, improves softness and feel, while reducing weight and bulk.75 denier polyester shell.Stuff sack included.Made in USA.Regular Specs:Size Inches: 20x72Size Centimeters: 51x183Compressed Size: 21"x5" (53x13 cm)Weight: 2 lbs. 6 oz. (1080g)Thickness: 2" (5 cm)RValue: 5.0Large Specs:Size Inches: 25x77Size Centimeters: 63x196Compressed Size: 26"x5.1" (66x13 cm)Weight: 3 lbs. 3 oz. (1450g)Thickness: 2" (5 cm)RValue: 5.0XLarge Specs:Size Inches: 30x77Size Centimeters: 76x196Compressed Size: 31"x5.3" (79x13 cm)Weight: 3 lbs. 11 oz. (1670g)Thickness: 2" (5 cm)RValue: 5.0

- Campmor

Free Shipping. Therm-A-Rest Base Camp Sleeping Pad FEATURES of the Therm-A-Rest Base Camp Sleeping Pad The most affordable model in our line of campsite comfort, the BaseCamp mattress uses expanded die-cut foam to offer excellent support New lighter, softer fabrics on the top and bottom of the mattress improve the softness and feel of this classic while reducing weight and bulk Stuff sack included SPECIFICATIONS of the Therm-A-Rest Base Camp Sleeping Pad Thickness: 2in. / 5 cm R-Value: 5.0 The SPECS for Regular Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz / 1080 g Dimension: 20 x 72in. / 51 x 183 cm The SPECS for Long Weight: 3 lbs 3 oz / 1450 g Dimension: 25 x 77in. / 63 x 196 cm The SPECS for Extra Long Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz / 1670 g Dimension: 30 x 77in. / 76 x 196 cm

- Moosejaw

The workhorse of car camping sleeping pads, the large, lightweight Thermarest BaseCamp is the ideal choice when comfort and easy self-inflation are important. Time tested and well-loved, the BaseCamp self-inflating sleeping pad from Thermarest is now better and softer than ever, perfect for comfortable car camping. Thermarest BaseCamp Car Camping Sleeping Pad. The BaseCamp mattress is the straightforward, workhorse of car camping comfort. It's based on Thermarest's trusted self-inflating design that's been providing comfort under the stars for over 40 years. Crafted on this foundation of time-tested materials and components, the BaseCamp mattress is lightweight, compressible and now softer than ever, making it an even better travel companion. Includes stuff sack. Plush Fabrics: Lighter, softer fabrics make this mattress more comfortable than ever. Thick: 2-inch (5 cm) thickness provides a high level of warmth and support. Self-Inflating: Compressible foam core expands when unpacked for easy self-inflation. Durable: Sturdy, classic design provides an outstanding value. Color: Blue Nights. R-Value: 5.0. Weight: 3 lbs 11 oz / 1670 g. Width: 30 in / 76 cm. Length: 77 in / 196 cm. Thickness: 2 in / 5 cm. Packed dimension: 5.3 X 31 / 13 X 79. Volume: 4620 cu. in. Top fabric type: 75d Polyester. Bottom fabric type: 75d Polyester. Core: Die-Cut PU Foam. Country of Origin: Made in Seattle, USA

- Tahoe Mountain Sports