Backpacking Sleeping Pad Comparison Tables
After checking dozens of review sites and hundreds of customer reviews - and considering our own experiences - we put together a list of top-notch sleeping pads for backpacking. Looking for the best overall? We recommend the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, a delightful inflatable that delivers mid-range insulation at a low weight cost. Sleep cold, or going somewhere colder? Our pick for More Insulation is the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm, only three ounces heavier for nearly double the insulating power. If you’re anxious to get out there but don’t have much to spend, we love the Therm-a-Rest ZLite Sol for its low price and low weight for a closed-cell foam pad. (We swear we don’t work for Therm-a-Rest, but what they do good, they do good.) Check out our full list in the tables below:
See the Comparison Tables
The table below summarizes price, warranty, weight, and whether it’s best for side, stomach, or back sleepers.
|SLEEPING PAD||BEST PICK FOR||PRICE||WARRANTY||SIDE, STOMACH, OR BACK SLEEPERS?||WEIGHT(oz, pad only, size regular)|
|4-Season||$200||Limited Lifetime||Stomach, Back||15|
|Hybrid (car-backpacking)||$160||Manufacturing or material defect only||All||16|
|Budget Insulated||$100||1 year||Side||15|
Inflatable or foam? Temperature rating or R-Value? You decide what’s important for you.
R-Value per Ounce
If you want to optimize your backpacking kit, the chart below will help you decide. It compares the R-Value per ounce of sleeping pad.
Weight conscious? See the chart below for a graphic representation of the weight for each of our top picks.
Didn’t Make the Cut
Some of the sleeping pads we considered didn’t make the cut.