User Review: Therm-a-Rest Original Z-Lite
Price Paid: $30
This pad really fits my needs. It is excellent for summer flash hiking because it is so light and easy to pull out and lounge around on! I find that the egg crate design forms little air pockets that act as extra insulation from the ground. So far I've only used flat closed cell pads which seem much colder even at the same weight. I prefer this to blow up pads because this one doesn't pop and you can pull it out and sit on it or lounge around without worrying about sticks poking it to death.
These do need to be replaced say every 100 or so nights depending on how rough of a camp spot you like picking... I always end up with the spots with the rocks and this pad does great keeping the pokeys away. After a summer on the PCT mine went flat, meaning the egg crate was all squished down, so I got a new one.
If you need a lot of pampering don't get this one, I have a tough back and many of my friends can't stand using anything but blow up pads because of the lack of cushioning in this one.
I guess I'm just lucky to have a tough back and be able to use this great product... don't use under freezing because this thing does build up little pools in the cups when condensation is an issue.