User Review: Therm-a-Rest Original Z-Lite
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: retail
"Lite" is right.
- Folds well into a pack
- Not for a hammock hanger
I bought this on the recommendation of a buddy who leads wilderness adventures into Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness. It's lightweight and the folding design means it fits in a pack.
The two different sides allows you to control how much body heat is reflected back at you. The reflective side feels pleasantly warm the moment you lay on it. On hot summer days, the non-reflective side can provide a cooler rest.
What didn't work for me is I am a hammock hanger, and while pads are often used as an insulating underlayer, the Z-Lite folds up on the creases with the slightest move. This completely bummed me out, not only because I've never been able to use it in the backcounty, but I haven't found another pad that equals it in weight.
Still, if you prefer your camping as a "ground dweller," then this is a great lightweight pad to have.