Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat

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The Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat is a self-inflating seat…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20


The Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat is a self-inflating seat that is great for taking a seat just about anywhere that needs a little cushion. It is a miniature version of the popular Therm-a-Rest ProLite mattress. It weighs only 3 oz and can seriously fit just about anywhere in your pack.


  • Ultralight
  • Can be used in multiple places
  • Folds up very small
  • Dries quickly
  • Comfortable
  • Inexpensive


  • No back support


The Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat is a 3oz mini-mattress that can be used just about anywhere. I take it on day hikes, backpacking trips, tailgating, to sporting events, and I even use it as a cushion for the rocking chair on my front porch. Basically you can use it anytime that you don't have a dry, comfortable, warm place to sit.

It is self-inflating, but can be inflated easily with two breaths. I have had mine for four years now and have taken it all over and never thought twice about the surface I put it on. It is very durable and I have never had a problem with it. My favorite thing about it is that you don't have to expose your sleeping pad to the elements if you have this pad.



One thing that I really like about this pad is that it isn't just a seat. It can also be used as padding in an ultralight frameless pack, or even as an extra pillow (underneath the regular sleeping pad).

The seats helping make a fantastic "dinner with a view" in Yosemite.


Here are the specifications from the Therm-a-Rest website:

Weight: 3 oz 

Width 11 in X Length 15 in X Thickness 1.5 in 

Fabric: Polyester  70d Nylon Soft Grip 70d Nylon Soft Grip Foam type Star Punched Star Punched Fill material Urethane Foam Urethane Foam


Bottom line: This is a very durable pad that is great anytime that you don't want to sit on a rock, wet or cold ground, or anywhere that isn't comfortable. 


My husband and I each have one of these. Ours are…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15 on sale at Campmor


My husband and I each have one of these. Ours are made out of mesh with only a small amount of cloth. The model we have is the Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat and weighs 3 oz.


  • So nice after a long day of hiking


  • Tiny bit of weight added to your pack

We slip them inside the stuff sacks for our Therm-a-Rest Prolite Plus mattresses. It just feels really good after a long hike to have a back support while you are sitting and watching the mountain goats or counting the waterfalls you can see on a mountain.

The 3 oz weight is worth it. They are very sturdy and quite comfortable. My husband weighs about 240 and the chair fits him well and is not flimsy. There are metal stays in the frame which keep you from leaving it on the pads when it is in transport which is the only drawback that I can think of. Otherwise, you might be tempted to get our your sleeping mat every time you stopped for a meal or a break on the trail.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Therm-a-Rest's Lite Seat page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

This miniature Therm-A-Rest Lite Seat mattress is the ideal companion for fast-and-light journeys, or anywhere space is at a premium. It rolls up small enough to carry in your pocket and can be carried inflated to act as a soft frame in new-generation, ultra-light day packs adding utility and comfort to your next adrenaline adventure.


This miniature Thermarest Lite Seat is designed for fast paced adventures or really, anywhere space is at a premium. The Lite Seat rolls up small enough to stash in your backpack's water bottle pocket and can be carried inflated to act as a soft frame in new-generation, ultra-light day packs. Self inflating urethane foam Rolls up small Packed dimensions: 6.5 x 2.5 in (17 x 6 cm) Made in Seattle, USA

- OMCgear

Therm-a-rest Lite Seat - 2012 ModelThe Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat is the answer to seat discomfort on planes and buses, for you. Where the seatback joins the seat cushion, constant downward and forward passenger pressure eventually crushes and flattens the seat cushioning. The base of the back becomes numb right in the coccyx (tailbone) area. With this Rest Seat, even the Greyhound is a joy to ride. It rolls up, to fit in your pocket. It is durable and very versatile. For hikers, campers and anyone that does outdoors activities this Therm-a-rest Lite Seat - 2012 Model is the best buy. Whenever you make a rest stop and you want to sit down just inflate the seat, and it will provide you a lot of comfort. It is 11 in. x 15 in. just big enough to fit anywhere, you can also use it as a back-rest.

- SunnySports

After a long, taxing day on the trail, drop your pack and park your butt on the Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat Camp Chair. This mini version of the Prolite sleeping pad features a self-inflating foam construction that rolls up to fit in your pocket. When inflated, the seat also works as a soft frame for ultralight daypacks.