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How we choose: The best closed-cell foam sleeping pads highlighted here were selected based on 106 reviews of 31 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7 reviews)

The Z-Seat is a lightweight and inexpensive piece of camp furniture. It will never replace the comfort of a camp chair, but it's also multipurpose, simple, and easy to carry for thousands of miles.

Reasons to Buy

  • Versatile and multipurpose
  • Inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Lightweight (2.2 oz)
  • Simple
  • Keeps things comfortable, clean, warm, and dry

Reasons to Avoid

  • Easy to lose/blows away
  • Always would prefer a chair...just not to carry one
  • Few color choices/ too inconspicuous
  • A tad bulky

  Accordion-folding foam pads are a ubiquitous piece of gear that have been around for a long time. The Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat is a pared-down version of the popular Z Lite pad. Both utilize the same materials, but the Z-Seat has more compact folds and sections. (As an aside, an old Z Lite pad can be cut into several sit pads...I've seen these in hiker boxes, just waiting to be repurposed.) The Z-Seat is widely imitated and available online, often for less than $5. I've used both the Z-Seat and non-branded knock-offs and there is a difference in the material, size, and weight of each.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat reviews (7)

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15 reviews)

This closed-cell pad is very lightweight and functioned perfectly. It was comfortable and kept the chill off.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Closed-cell

Reasons to Avoid

  • None

I borrowed this pad from my mother-in-law and used it on a cold weather hiking/camping trip recently. I used it in my ENO hammock because I read about getting cold where pressure points are in your sleeping bag (such as the shoulders and rear). It seemed that if you didn't have an under quilt that you definitely would want a sleeping pad under your sleeping bag inside of the hammock.  I used this pad and I didn't get cold at all except when the pad kind of slid out from under my shoulder, in which case my shoulder did get cold.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest reviews (15)

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite

user rating: 4 of 5 (26 reviews)

Better than I thought it would be!

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • Won't leak air
  • Works better than I expected
  • Great price

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bulky
  • Tacky material makes it hard to slide into bags
  • Not as comfortable as a good air pad

I got sick of slow leaks in my sleeping pads and decided to give the Therm-a-Rest Z-lite a try. It is about half as comfortable as an inflatable pad but I'm surprised how tolerable half as comfortable is. I do not rely on just this pad for more than a night or two but one to two nights and I’m ok with it. Even my newest (expensive) inflatable is leaking air; I’ll never have to worry about that with the Z-lite. For uber-comfortable sleeping, I use the Z-lite as a base and an inflatable strapped to my sleeping bag over the top – the Z-lite blocks rocks, twigs, and the cold, and adds a little padding, the inflatable adds the real cushion.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite reviews (26)

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol

user rating: 4 of 5 (4 reviews)

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.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Packs fast
  • Affordable

Reasons to Avoid

  • 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.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol reviews (4)

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A technologically advanced closed-cell sleeping pad, offering very good warmth and lightweight in this class. Though it is less durable in comparison to traditional pads, and its ridged surface may not be liked by everyone.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Virtually indestructible in comparison to inflatable pads
  • Multi-functional
  • Good warmth for a closed-cell foam pad
  • Quite soft foam
  • Hi-tech look

Reasons to Avoid

  • Metallic coating is not durable enough
  • The caves between ridges collect sand and debris
  • Difficult to clean
  • Some people don’t like the ridged surface without particular reasons
  • Disadvantages of closed-cell pads vs. inflatable pads (bulkiness, insulation, comfort)

I’d been using this sleeping pad (in Regular size) from 2013 to 2016. Before and after this one I'd used the traditional closed-cell foam pads with smooth surface. The bulkiness is not a problem for bicycle tours, as the pad always rides outside the bag, and it also makes a good storage for a rain cover (inside the roll). I prefer slightly thicker pads than most—about 15 mm (⅔ in)—and the thickness of Ridgerest SoLite is just right for me. Generally we don’t use inflatable pads (except for second bottom layer in winter) due to risk of accidental damage when used outside the tent.

Read more: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite review (1)

Naturehike Egg Crate Style Anti-Moisture Pad

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This is the NatureHike brand CCF sleeping pad that is comparable to the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol, complete with the aluminum coating on one side. At only $16.83, including shipping, it's a great deal. I held the NatureHike side-by-side with the Therm-a-Rest, and it's the same in all the dimensions, except mine is blue instead of the yellow Therm-a-Rest.

Reasons to Buy

  • Warmth
  • Lightweight
  • Multi-use

Reasons to Avoid

  • Comfort

I needed a CCF pad, and didn't want to pay $40 for the Therm-a-Rest. I found this one online, and took a chance. It was $16.83 including the shipping. It arrived in a mesh carrying case, which I promptly discarded. It is equally as comfortable as the comparable Therm-a-Rest.  As for warmth, you can feel a noticeable difference between the aluminum coated side and the other side. That shiny coating reflects your body heat back at you. So, I'll probably flip it depending on the conditions.  I used the pad heavily on a recent 60-mile AT backpacking trip, and it shows no signs of excessive wear.

Read more: Naturehike Egg Crate Style Anti-Moisture Pad review (1)

DutchWare Folding Sit Pad

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Dutchware Gear folding sit pad is ultra lightweight, durable, multi-use, and cheap. It provides a lot of basic functionality -- at this weight, size, and price there’s no reason to not carry one.

Reasons to Buy

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Durable
  • Multi-use for comfort and insulation needs
  • Cheap
  • Packs small

Reasons to Avoid

  • None

This is a review of the Dutchware Gear folding sit pad. Dutchware sells mostly accessories for camping but also offers a limited selection of shelters, tarps, quilts, and hammocks. I am not affiliated with Dutchware Gear in any way. For the sit pad I paid the current price of $6.75+shipping. Product found at: http://www.dutchwaregear.com/folding-sit-pad.html This is a great piece of gear that checks off many boxes. It’s ultra lightweight, durable multi-use, and cheap. It weighs only two-thirds of an ounce (about 18 grams, less than the weight of four nickels).

Read more: DutchWare Folding Sit Pad review (1)

ProLite Gear EvoPad

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

EvoPad (with Evozote) by ProLite Gear is a high-performing closed cell foam (CCF) sleeping pad worth looking into. If I can afford the extra bulk and weight of this pad, I take it every chance I get.

Reasons to Buy

  • My 1/2" thick pad seems surprisingly more comfortable than any other CCF pad I've used.
  • Warm
  • Does not trap moisture, so you stay dry (compared to pads with ridges)
  • The whole thing is one big flat surface, so it's easy to keep clean (compared to pads with ridges)

Reasons to Avoid

  • I don't like CCF pads in general because of their size. This one is also bulky, but no more so than other CCF.
  • Note that these can be difficult to get. If you see it available at ProLite Gear, don't wait to get it.

Here's a pic of my pad next to my summit pack. Sorry it's sideways. The original is "right-side-up", but this site turns it automatically. ProLite Gear certainly isn't the only gear company offering Evozote pads. Other companies that come to mind are Gossamer Gear and MEC from Canada (MEC's are a very cool "hardman" yellow at over 6 ounces for the 5mm ... though the Gossamer Gear 1/8" version is MUCH lighter than any other at less than 3 ounces for full size and it can be rolled up and folded into a cube for inside-pack storage — that's a difficult decision if you can appreciate the 70's homage to "hardman yellow", but for performance I think the Gossamer Gear version may take the prize).

Read more: ProLite Gear EvoPad review (1)

Ensolite Sleeping Pad

user rating: 4 of 5 (3 reviews)

This product doesn't have a brand name. It's the good old Ensolite Pad, or at least that's what I have always called it. Anyway for those looking for a very durable pad to sleep on, this is it. It doesn't require inflation, it holds its own a long time and it's cheap! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a warm sleeping pad that is super light. Adding: I once bought a sleeping pad for my camp trips, that was in 1978, and I still use the same pad now for 35 years. I will most likely die on it if I am not working and renting like this year. I am thankful Patsy,my land owner for living in this trailer, my home these last 4 months with 1-2 more. I plan to stay quite a while if possible. In 2 1/2 months tho I am going to stop working until summer again 2014. But by those two and a half months, I will have saved enough to live here by paying rent, but instead of going to work I am going to travel with either my bike or my backpack and be gone at times for a couple weeks, but usually 1 day to 8 nights, camping and being myself instead of an employed worker. I want to see and learn about Sh*t as much as I can in this one lifetime, cause I think if there truely is a heaven then it will be like Eden before the fall of Adam and Eve, or when our first ancestors swam in the sea, or took the the air. Or slit away from the Big Bang, it all works out for me. Understand? I feel I have been on a journey that started in my mothers Womb (THANKS, MOM!) :) and has not quit, tho I have had and quit many a job, about 90 jobs(?) but have spent 97% of my time outdoors "Outdoors". The most fasinating thing, even if I cant speel that word.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Cheap ($5-10)

Reasons to Avoid

  • Can't think of any
  • Durability, new used ones will be around for hundreds of years

I have used my Ensolite Pad since 1978 (or 34 years). It has held up very well considering it's been all over the USA including Alaska. It's made of a closed cell foam that is very lightweight. It doesn't require being inflated. It will take tons of thorns, goat heads, even your forgotten keys in your pocket can't harm this beauty! Usually it comes in only one color, which is Blue. It's about 1/4 inch thick and is about 6 foot long x 2 feet wide. It weighs about 1 pound or less. Mine cost me $5 in 1978 and I have seen them for as much as $10 in stores.

Read more: Ensolite Sleeping Pad reviews (3)

Mammut Alpine Mat UL

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Great lightweight alternative to Therm-a-Rest!!

Reasons to Buy

  • Super lightweight: 4.75 ounces
  • R-Value: 1.2
  • Packs flat vs. rolled: less space
  • Made in Netherlands: not China

Reasons to Avoid

  • Tad expensive

Have been looking for a lightweight closed cell pad that would give me some extra padding, especially if my inflatable pad failed. My sleep system has been constantly refined over last two years. The Nemo Insulated Tensor is by far the most comfortable, warmest, and best weight advantage in an inflatable pad for me. As a light, cold sleeper, the crinkly noise with Therm-a-Rest simply did not work for me and I've tried literally about a dozen from Exped, Big Agnes, and Therm-a-Rest. In addition, I wanted extra padding and a barrier against cold ground.

Read more: Mammut Alpine Mat UL reviews (2)

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