User Review: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35
As a backpacker on a budget, the Z Lite is a very good choice for both the experienced and novice backpacker. This pad has provided me ample backside insulation and has taken all the trail abuse I have put it through. It packs fast and weighs under a pound but packs large compared to inflatable pads.
- Packs fast
- Not too comfortable for side sleepers
- Packs big
Prior to purchasing the Z Lite, I wanted to find a good quality sleeping pad that met both my comfort needs as well as my wallet needs. Looking through the various options, I finally decided to purchase the Z Lite due to the accordion style packability, the trusted thermarest name, and ultimately the price.
This pad has come along with me on various trips and it hasn't failed me yet. It's very convenient to deploy on stops and when setting up camp for the day. This pad has truly taken the trail abuse and it is still going strong.
A couple downsides that I can see for this pad is how it packs at the end of the day. Compared to inflatable pads, this packs quite large due to the material (closed cell foam), however, it more than makes up for it through it's weight (14 oz.). The other downside is if you're a side sleeper, this may not be the best option for you because it does not provide ample cushion for your hips and can cause some discomfort.
Overall, if I had to get another one, I have no doubt in my mind that I would buy another one.
Here are some pictures of it deployed...
Here's a photo of it used as a ground pad to place your gear on top of...