Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite
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Simple, lightweight, and comfortable. Great for a…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60
Simple, lightweight, and comfortable. Great for a weekend car camping adventure or a backpacking trip in the backwoods.
- Easy to pack away
- Good insulation
- Does not self inflate as much as you'd think
I've been using the Thermarest Trail Lite regularly for over a year. I originally purchased it because it could be rolled up quite small for backpacking and was a bit thicker, when inflated, than the simple closed cell foam pad I'd used previously.
Since you can adjust the thickness by adding extra air it tends to be more comfortable than the foam ones. But when deflated and stored in the included stuff sack it takes a lot less space in my pack.
They are reliable and the material that they are made from seems durable. I've never had an issue with deflating on its own. I have used these pads on several winter outings and not once have I felt the cold through the pad.
I don't exactly find that it self-inflates. I inevitably have to blow it up. Not a big deal, but I know in the winter that your warm moist breath can cause condensation inside, so keep that in mind. Deflating and packing is quite easy. I just open the valve and let the air out. Then I fold it in half and roll out the remaining air. It packs down nicely and fits easily inside the stuff sack.
The manufacturer recommends that you store the pad in the inflated position so it will remember that shape and will inflate faster on its own. I don't have the room to do that, so I keep them rolled up in the stuff sack and I have not had an issue so far.
I've had mine for about five years, never a problem…
Price Paid: $65
I've had mine for about five years, never a problem -- except that it has been about four years since it self-inflated, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. Still, blowing it up takes only about a minute.
My ultimate backpacking solution is a 2/3 length closed cell foam pad plus my Thermarest on top. Toasty warm, great comfort, and minimal weight, for the cost (okay, I'm still salivating over the NeoRest, but can't see spending the dough when I've got a good solution already).
BTW, if you're looking for the ultimate car-camping solution, nothing beats the REI 3.5 Camp Bed. Way too heavy and big for backpacking, but more comfy than a decent futon bed.
It deflated overnight during a camping trip. That's…
Price Paid: $69
It deflated overnight during a camping trip. That's why I give it a 0.
Got another one, hope it works.
Used on week-long canoe trip. Very comfortable. It…
Price Paid: $60 CND
Used on week-long canoe trip. Very comfortable. It packs very light and small but is long unless folded length-wise before rolling.
The self-inflation is noticeably weaker if it's been rolled up for more than a day, but that's hardly an issue since manual inflation takes only a minute and I prefer a firmer pad anyways.
The width is a bit short, making turning on the side a bit difficult but all in all this is a superbly balanced pad.
This is such a nice pad! It is cheaper than the Prolites…
Price Paid: $60
This is such a nice pad! It is cheaper than the Prolites and is all you could ever want. It has a fabric that is tough and prevents the sleeping bag from falling off the pad while you're sleeping. It doesn't self inflate, so that is a little annoying, has plenty of cushion.
Overall a great pad!
Super comfortable. Super light. Super durable. Packs…
Price Paid: $45
Super comfortable. Super light. Super durable. Packs down "pretty" small but not the smallest.
Highly recommend for any type of overnight from one night to a hundred.
I've owned several Therm-A-Rest products over the…
Price Paid: $50
I've owned several Therm-A-Rest products over the years. I've also sacrificed a good night's sleep in the name of "ultralight." However, a good night's sleep is priceless on a multi-day trek. The Therm-A-Rest Trail Lite is hands-down the best product they have made in years. Yeah, it may weigh a few more ounces then the ProLite, but it is four-season warm and very comfortable for the weight. Besides, a few ounces is worth all of that extra energy you will gain from a good night's sleep. Just think, this would have been consideded "ultralight" just a few years ago! I'm very happy with this product, and you can't beat the price .
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