Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping Pad


We are taking a closer look at the simple
and streamlined Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping mat. This is a very classic and ultra lightweight
sleeping mat that couldn’t be any simpler. So taking a look at the features here, you
can see how it packs down into that accordion style Z sort of pattern. So this is ultra
lightweight. It weighs in right around 14 ounces for the regular size. It also comes
in a small which is right around 10 ounces. So if you are ounce counting back packers,
for people looking for a very affordable and lightweight sleeping pad, this is perfect. It is also perfect for adding to another inflatable
sleeping pad. So if you have got a sleeping pad you like to take out in the summer, but
it doesn’t have an R value that is high enough, you can pair it really easily and
really comfortably with a closed cell foam pad like this one. Like I said, it is closed cell foam and so
the thing I love about foam pads like this is they are not inflatable. So there is no
way that you can puncture or pop the sleeping pad. And it is very, very durable over a long
period of time. As you can see, there is two colors at play.
There is this shiny silver material on top and then the yellow on the bottom. And this
silver material is actually a thermal reflective barrier. It is going to reflect your heat
back to you to make it that much more thermal efficient. So this pad has an R value of 2.6,
which is higher than I would expect from such a lightweight sleeping pad. The other stand out feature here is this egg
crate design. So as you can see, as I fold this up the egg crate design really folds
down into itself and that saves a lot of space. So while this is also really light weight,
when you pack it down it packs down really well. You can lash it to the outside of a
back pack or if you are traveling it packs down to be really small so you don’t notice
it when you don’t need it. In my opinion, a pad like this has multiple
uses that go far beyond just sleeping on it at night. I have used pads like this for a
seat. So you can fold it up and create a really cushioning seat. If you are backpacking and
stop for lunch, our can, you know, fold it up, put it on the ground, have a nice seating
area. I have used it to prop up against trees and that kind of thing. It makes it really
comfortable. Unlike an inflatable sleeping pad, you don’t have to worry about this
being punctured. So you can put it on different surfaces and not worry about it getting damaged.
I have even used it in the trunk of my car going to the beach, on picnics, anything you
can throw at it. This is a really great companion. It is the Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping
Pad.

16 thoughts on “Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping Pad

  1. Great review as always! I could never go back to this pad after sleeping on the Big Agnes Q-core.

  2. Bless anyone who thinks a pad is for primarily for comfort rather than insulation 😛

    I've been using this mat for 12 years! It's been with me to Tibet, Italy, all over UK, and to Iceland. Fancy and expensive air pads are great if you like to replace your gear every 2 years or so but I like to keep things simple. When it gets cold, I double up to increase R value.

    Bonus feature – it's impossible for my dog to ruin it like the 3 air pads he's ruined over the years.

    Also it looks like an egg carton stolen off of an alien ship.

  3. Umm, does the silver go on the top or bottom? In the inserted demo, the silver goes on the bottom, the demonstrator is displaying it with the silver on top.

  4. Help me! What is the difference between Therm-a-rest Z-lite Sol and Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite?
    Only thermal insulation, or even comfort and space? I would use it only in the summer and considering the price difference, I would opt for the classic Therm-a-Rest…

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