User Review: Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite 4
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: Less than ten bucks.
I wouldn't pay retail for one, but it is nice.
- Insulates well
- It WILL deflate on me some night
- When that happens I will be grumpy the next day
- Then I will probably complain in a gear review
I have a confession to make, I have been a foam pad guy for my entire hiking life. I recently detailed my shamefull devotion to my ridgerest pad on this very website: http://www.trailspace.com/gear/therm-a-rest/ridgerest-solar/#review25517
Having said that I recently aquired for just about free (under ten bucks) my very own full length, self-inflating Therm-a-Rest pad. I feel the same about inflating pads as I do about pitbull guard dogs: There are many times you will be glad to have one on your side, but in the back of your mind there is always that worry that it will turn on you. Whenever something inflates there is the risk that it will also unexpectedly deflate. Yes, I know there are repair kits available.
I got my Therm-a-Rest from my grandma's yardsale for very cheap so I couldn't pass it up (cheap but she still made me pay for it). Why grandma, who is almost 80 and never hikes, had this is a story best shared over a pint or two with an open mind and sense of humor.
So, with an equally open mind I gave this pad a try on an evening with the kids. I have to admit that, on hard ground it is hard to beat. I slept well, only waking to check to see if it was leaking a couple times, happy to see that it was not. This is obviously not the same Therm-a-Rest pad I learned to hate in the 1990s. This pad is lighter and more rugged than what I remember them to be and very comfy.
If I were going on a short hike and wasn't as concerned with weight this might be my go-to pad. Being only in the 5' 10" height range this pad is also longer than I need. It should fit a 6' to 6' 2" person just fine. I usually put my pack under my legs so an even shorter pad would be nice for me.
I could see myself using this pad along with my ridgerest under it this winter. Maybe one of the kids will snag it and adopt it and I still see myself bringing the ridgerest most of the time but I look forward to several hikes in the future where my inflatable will be with me.
Final verdict: Not worth the retail price but it has a place in the gear list.