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 NEMO Switchback 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|
|Foam||$50||Lifetime against defects in workmanship and materials||All||14.5|
|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.