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 Basics

The table below summarizes price, warranty, weight, and whether it’s best for side, stomach, or back sleepers.

SLEEPING PADBEST PICK FORPRICEWARRANTYSIDE, STOMACH, OR BACK SLEEPERS?WEIGHT(oz, pad only, size regular)
Overall$170 Limited LifetimeBack12
4-Season$200 Limited LifetimeStomach, Back15
Foam$45 Limited LifetimeAll14
Hybrid (car-backpacking)$160 Manufacturing or material defect onlyAll16
Budget Insulated$100 1 yearSide15
 

Specs

Inflatable or foam? Temperature rating or R-Value? You decide what’s important for you.

SLEEPING PADINFLATABLE OR FOAM?TEMPERATURE RATINGR-VALUETHICKNESS (inches)PACKED SIZE (inches)
Inflatable20°3.22.59 x 4
Inflatable-40°5.72.59 x 4
Foam37°2.60.7520 x 5 x 5.5
Inflatable32°Not Listed4.254 x 7.5
InflatableNot Listed3.724 x 9.5
 

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.

A graphic chart of the R-value per ounce for our top backpacking sleeping pad picks.
 

Weight

Weight conscious? See the chart below for a graphic representation of the weight for each of our top picks.

A graphic chart of the weight of our top backpacking sleeping pad picks.
 

Didn’t Make the Cut

Some of the sleeping pads we considered didn’t make the cut.

SLEEPING PADREASON
Klymit Insulated Static VToo heavy
Exped SynMat HLToo heavy
Klymit Inertia X-FrameSummer pad only
Sea to Summit Ultralight InsulatedNo agreement among reviewers