Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar

Specs

Weight
Regular - 1 pound 3 ounces (540 grams)
Large - 1 pound 10 ounces (740 grams)
Dimensions
Regular - 20 x 72 inches (51 x 183 centimeters)
Large - 25 x 77 inches (63 x 196 centimeters)
R-Value 3.5
Thickness 2 cm / .75 in.

Reviews

10

I will go without TP before I go without this pad.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $22

Summary

I will go without TP before I go without this pad.

Pros

  • Light
  • Warm
  • Ridged for sleeping pleasure
  • WILL NEVER DEFLATE
  • Reflective
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Makes a good pillow

Cons

  • Ridges catch snow
  • Bulky

This is one of those iconic pieces of gear that came along and made the world a better place and will never go away. The bad thing for Therm-a-Rest is that, this works so well that I will never go back to an iffy inflatable mattress. I can buy enough of these to outfit my whole family for the cost of one super-light pop-able pad. 

I did my first 72 mile hike in my teens with no pad at all. Then I graduated to the ubiquitous blue foam pad.  Next I upgraded to an inflatable pad that popped on me one night in the snow so I switched to the RidgeRest Solar. 

Never again will I have to wake up at night to re-inflate my leaking sleeping pad!

I can wipe my butt with snow, it's not that bad; its actually quite refreshing. I will NOT sleep in the snow without this pad! The ridges keep you in place at night, trap warm air and provide enough comfort for my 200+ pound body to sleep soundly. The reflective material is a nice addition which, with no weight penalty, reflects a few more calories back to me so I stay warmer.   

I hike with kids and end up carrying a LOT of gear. The last thing I need is a heavy inflatable pad that might spring a leak on me some night. Oh, I know that lighter ones exist (a hundred bucks for a sleeping pad?? Seriously?) and that, with proper care an inflatable will offer dozens of nights of comfort before it pops but I have kids, I sleep on rocks, I'm not wealthy, I don't always sleep in a tent.   

I have slept on this thing in snow, rocks, dirt and even inside the occasional tent. Last month my son put a crampon spike through it. Did I cry?  He11 no! It still sleeps me fine and will continue to until I have to burn it to signal rescue planes.  I could shoot it with a MACHINE GUN and it will still be sleep-worthy.  Got any piece of gear that can do that??!! 

Druthers: It collects stuff like snow in those ridges, which will melt and get you wet and cold.  Shake it out before you sleep on it. What? It doesn't fit inside your minimalist 600 cubic inch pack? Lash it to the outside (with two pound monofillament of course to save weight) YOU WILL NEVER KNOW IT'S THERE!

So unless you medically require a pad that resembles the softness of your bed at home (why are you hiking?) this is the deal! In a world where gear technology cost and complexity are increasing exponentially, the humble RidgeRest remains. 

The pics:


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The Ridgerest sleeping in the man cave. Notice the bulk compared to the Z-Rest (which I inherited; did not buy)


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The cool shiny stuff in wearing off. I hope it shows up in your screen. Before it started wearing off after three seasons, it made a great reflector for tanning!


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The boy stomped it with his crampons on.  Ridgerest don't care, Ridgerest says, "Bring it on," 'cause its tough.  This is why I eschew inflatable pads as a rule.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Love it! Nice review, FromSagetoSnow!


5 years ago
Jake W

Druthers, hahaha love it. Great review Sage.


5 years ago
SamOfSiam

Funny review! thanks!


5 years ago
ocalacomputerguy

Nice review Sage, but you are obviously not using the correct machine gun.


5 years ago
Euphorbia

You convinced me.


5 years ago
LIAL

Thanks for your insight :)


5 years ago
2

I would highly recommend this sleeping pad! If you…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $38

Summary

I would highly recommend this sleeping pad! If you are looking for a sleeping pad used during winter camping, look no further.

Pros

  • Warmth
  • Comfort
  • Durability
  • Multi-use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bulky

I am typically a very cold sleeper when I am winter camping. After many nights out using supposedly warm sleeping pads, I finally purchased the RidgeRest. I have not had a cold night since. I have not felt the cold ground beneath me at all, and in fact, the pad seemed to actually be warm (the closed-cell technology, reflective layer, etc.). 

I have used this pad many times backpacking, sleeping in subzero temperatures, and it is still great for three-season camping as well. It also has multiple uses, since I often use it as a seat at camp. If I am winter camping, I do not want to be without it. Additionally, I'm sure to keep it with my bug-out bag at all times. 

This is the best sleeping pad! It has totally exceeded my expectations and I tell everyone I know about it.

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Emma! Thanks for the review of your RidgeRest. If yu have some pictures of your pad, those would be great to see in your review too.


20 days ago
Nick Mesarhakis

If it's ain't bulky it ain't warm..most of the times. Good review!


18 days ago

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