User Review: Therm-a-Rest Original Z-Lite
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
Better than I thought it would be!
- Won't leak air
- Works better than I expected
- Great price
- Tacky material makes it hard to slide into bags
- Not as comfortable as a good air pad
I got sick of slow leaks in my sleeping pads and decided to give the Therm-a-Rest Z-lite a try. It is about half as comfortable as an inflatable pad but I'm surprised how tolerable half as comfortable is. I do not rely on just this pad for more than a night or two but one to two nights and I’m ok with it.
Even my newest (expensive) inflatable is leaking air; I’ll never have to worry about that with the Z-lite. For uber-comfortable sleeping, I use the Z-lite as a base and an inflatable strapped to my sleeping bag over the top – the Z-lite blocks rocks, twigs, and the cold, and adds a little padding, the inflatable adds the real cushion.
The Z-lite is bulky but my last trip I was able to squeeze it inside my backpack first and cram all my other gear in next to it. I do wish it came with its own bag. I may look for a long dry-sack to stuff it in so I can bungee it to the outside of my pack or to my motorcycle on motorcycle camping trips.