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Closed-Cell Foam Sleeping Pads

The best closed-cell foam sleeping pads, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on March 22, 2024. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Closed-Cell Foam Sleeping Pad Reviews

rated 3 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

Therm-a-rest makes high quality products. This no exception. But I wish this was a tad bigger. I like the product but I think it is too small. It measures 13x16 inches which is enough for my (not large at all) butt- only my butt. The problem is my shorts and the back of my shirt are still touching the ground (see pic). This is an easy way to get ticks and other insects on you. If it was just a little bigger it would be perfect. I guess this is why people will just cut several panels off a zlite… Full review

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Big Agnes Third Degree Foam Pad

Bought one of these as an experiment. Looked high tech, but turned out to be nothing special. For the record, I can sleep anywhere and I sleep warm, but I found this one rung up from "no mat at all." Cut it up for my Border Collie Max, who also wasn’t impressed. Closed cell mats are cheaper, lighter (generally) and, of course, unpuncturable, but if they are only slightly more comfortable than "no mat at all," why bother? This mat looked tatty after a three-day trip (pitching on grass, for chrissake!). Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat

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.   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… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Gossamer Gear ThinLight 1/8" Insulation Pad

I use a short length of this for: sitpad, insulation booster, and tent surfing prevention. I find a length bit of this waterproof insulation generally very useful. About 50g, or a bit over a meters worth. Torso length. Good to use as a sit pad on breaks . It is also exceptionally good at stopping my Ether Light mat slipping around on the DCF tent floor at night, AKA tent surfing. Makes it stick like glue. And of course it adds insulation value. So it's all good. Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Coleman Rest Easy Camp Pad

Forget your lantern or light. This pad gives off so much high static electricity and it HURTS. Could this be very dangerous in a gasoline-driven car? I am deeply concern. Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Ozark Trail Camping Pad

Just a simple pad.  Does a fair job on a cot and I use it for this purpose. I don’t plan on hiking with it.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite

Great multi-purpose pad! Lightweight and highly recommended! I am a novice when it comes to backpacking, but this was one of my favorite, most useful pieces of gear. Though I use an inflatable insulated sleeping pad to sleep on, I have this for a backup in case my pad fails for one reason or another or if someone with me has an issue with their pad. It is not particularly comfortable to sleep on, I need more cushion personally, but it will keep you warm from the ground. I also have it in case the… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite

The pick and go sleeping pad for our adventure. I literally encourage everyone I meet to purchase this pad due the fact in my country it's sold for 30€ at Decathlon. Thru hiker or amateur, you can't go wrong with it. So easy to use, probably the closed-cell mattress! Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Big Agnes Third Degree Foam Pad

This is a nice lightweight sleeping pad that packs down relatively well (compared to similar foam pads) and provides excellent insulation. I would not use it as a primary sleeping pad (unless you are used to sleeping on the ground), but to supplement your air mattress in winter, or push your summer mattress into the shoulder seasons if you don’t intend to winter camp. The Big Agnes Third Degree Foam Pad is a very lightweight part of a cold weather sleep system. BA suggests it for supplementing… Full review

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