User Review: Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite Plus
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $40 (Hot Deal)
Great pad, comfortable, and warm.
- Extra padding
- Requires multiple foldings to pack the pad for backpacking
I sleep cold. I remember being comfortable only when I was sharing a double bag with my husband. With a renewed interest in backpacking we decided to upgrade our sleeping systems. I tend to go toward the ultra light way of thinking and so I chose to purchase a short version of the ProLite Plus. My pad weighs 17 ounces which is more then my old closed cell pad, which I cut off short as well. Some folks will say they don't like their feet hanging off but it doesn't bother me. Of course I am not sleeping in sub-zero degree weather.
Recently we did a short weekend trip. The overnight temperature dipped to 28 degrees Fahrenheit and we were using a tarp shelter. I have to say that under these conditions in the past I would have been mighty cold and I probably would have put more clothes on but the combination of my sleeping bag, an REI 20 plus degree down fill, and my Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus kept me toasty.
I really like the way you can air up the pad so that it is very firm. I tend to blow extra air in and adjust after laying down for a while to get the right comfort.
On the down side it takes several foldings and air being let out for the pad to get small enough for packing. I see that is a regular complaint, so I think it is just the extra foam that causes this problem.
Overall I would recommend this pad. Therm-a Rest pads are a little pricey which is one reason why I have not purchased one in the past. If you are going to spend more then a couple of nights on the ground you deserve a sleeping pad that will help you rest better.