User Review: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest
Price Paid: $15
This is 5/8 inch corrugated closed cell foam pad. I am reviewing the one that is called 3/4 length (and not the Deluxe model). It is 5/8" x 20" x 48" and weighs only 9 ounces. I have many pads but this is my favorite, except in winter when I use the 72" model from Cascade Designs.
It is 100% durable, can't puncture like inflated pads. It is light at 9 ounces and it provides adequate comfort.
I know that is somewhat subjective, but I should say that because of the corrugations, this is much better than the older "blue foam" closed cell foam pads we used to use. It is bulky, but that doesn't bother me at all, I simply strap it on the outside of my backpack. I have used in on frozen ground and it was (just) adequate.
COMFORT TIPS: You will need to inspect the area you sleep on and remove all sticks and stones. If it is quite cold put some clothing under your feet (inside the bag). For me it is the perfect compromise between comfort and weight.
I didn't give it a full 5 stars because inflatable pads are more comfortable, and flat closed cell foam pads can be lighter. For $15 you might want to try this out. I think you will like it if carry weight is of any concern to you.