Best Sleeping Pad – Reviews and Top Picks for 2017

Looking for the best sleeping pad? Read our in-depth sleeping pad reviews, comparison charts and top picks for 2017 to help you make the right buying decision.

To get a good rest while indoors is easy. All you need is a top-notch memory foam mattress but what about when you’re in the great outdoors, your choice of a sleeping pad can make all the difference depending on the quality of insulation and cushion.

The ability of a sleeping pad to keep you warm throughout the night is essential, and there are three main types to choose from; self-inflating, closed cell foam and air.

The best way of picking the most suitable sleeping pad is to try it out, but this may not always be possible due to various reasons. The best features to look for are; the sleeping pads weight, insulation, size and cushioning.

Top Rated Sleeping Pads for 2017

Sleeping PadBest FeatureWeightBudgetRating
LaidBack Pad Memory Foam Sleeping Pad Memory Foam Mattress8 poundsPremium4.9/5
Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad Quick Inflation with Twist-Pull Valve1.25 poundsBudget4.0/5
Lightspeed Outdoors XLSelf Inflation6 pounds
Premium4.7/5
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol MattressThermaCapture surface for extra Warmth1.2 poundsPremium4.5/5
Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping PadBody Mapping Technology2 poundsPremium4.3/5
TETON Sports Camp PadEasy Storage, 3 different sizes4.25 poundsPremium4.1/5
#1 Premium Self Inflating Sleeping PadSuperior Insulation1.8 poundsBudget3.8/5

1st Recommendation: LaidBack Pad Memory Foam Sleeping Pad 

Measuring 72 x 24 x2.4 inches and weighing in at only 8.5 pounds, the LaidBack sleeping pad is designed to provide comfort, warmth, and insulation during your outdoor activities.

Made from the highest quality 4-pound memory foam, the sleeping pads cover built with rugged conditions in mind, and it is easily washable. Manufactured by LaidBack Inc, this sleeping pad has received over 60 positive reviews and a star rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

LaidBack Pad Memory Foam

Features

The comfort that LaidBack sleeping pad provides is its main selling point. This is because it has contour ability which instantly adapts to the ground it is laid on. This means that while out camping, you do not necessarily need to look for level ground to put your sleeping pad.

The sleeping pads folding ability complete with fastening straps means that storage space will never be an issue and it can fit well in your car trunk.  Weight and bulk are also not a problem despite being well padded and insulated, LaidBack sleeping pad is light and can be carried around easily.

While some sleeping pads tend to deflate and lose shape over time, LaidBack is created with special foam which does not change or become flattened with continued use, remaining firm and well insulated.

Pros

  • Made from comfortable, durable and eco-friendly materials.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • Easy to carry around.

Cons

  • Under a lot of pressure from heavy people, some body parts such as hips and joints may feel the ground.

 

 

Conclusion

For a great deal and a high-quality sleeping pad, you will not go wrong with LaidBack. It is designed with comfort and portability in mind. What makes it stand out is that it can be used outdoors and indoors as well, and should be your number one choice, and our premier recommendation.


2nd Recommendation: Klymit Static V – Top Budget Pick

Klymit gear company added the Static V Lightweight sleeping pad to its range to provide an ultra-light variant model and comfortable sleep on a budget. Designed and sold exclusively by MassDrop, it is a great pad that can fit into any backpack for easy carrying.

Klymit Static V

Features

The static lightweight sleeping pad is equipped with V-shaped air chambers that inhibit air movement. This prevents heat loss, making more heat available to warm you.

It is designed in a way that it is interchangeable and both surfaces, can be used to sleep on.

The Klymit Lightweight sleeping pad is a contradiction of sorts as even with all the thickness and heavy padding, it remains light in weight.

If you are in a hurry to set it up, it comes with a push valve that enables you to fill it or deflate it quicker if the need arises.

Another distinctive feature is that it is lightest sleeping pads on the list and once folded can easily fit into your backpacks making it easy to carry around when need be.

Pros

  • It rolls up and forms a small package which is easy to carry around.
  • The light weight materials used in its construction make it lighter.
  • It is moderately priced and offers good value.

Cons

  • Your knees and elbows can get a good feel of the ground if you place them in between the air chambers.

Conclusion

This Klymit sleeping pad offers great value in the inflatable pads category, and it has a beautiful symmetrical design that ensures quality, comfort, and affordability.


3rd Recommendation: Lightspeed Outdoors XL

For families planning a camping trip or having guests over regularly, the Lightspeed Outdoors XL is a cheap and an equally comfortable alternative to an air mattress. It has an open size of 77 x 30 x 3 and a rolled size of 30 x 7.75″  and weighs just 6.0 lbs but that’s not all.

Lightspeed Outdoors XL

Features

The R-Value of 9.66 is one its top features while the use of non-slip stretch material along with the 3-inch thick soft foam provides enough insulation and support to keep you warm even on a cold winter night.

The 2 oversized air valves ensure it inflates within minutes and thus eliminates the need for a pump. Also, the built-in pillow along with the free carry bag and compression straps make it one of the easiest to use sleeping pads on the list.

It’s eco-friendly too and PVC less manufacturing ensures plastic odor or crinkling sounds aren’t a cause for concern.

Pros

  • It’s highly durable for a self-inflating mat
  • Self-inflation system ensures 0 effort is needed to install
  • It’s comfortable and comes with an integrated pillow.

Cons

  • It can be heavier to carry than other sleeping pads

Conclusion

While the pad can be slightly heavier to carry when rolled, it certainly provides the comfort and convenience you’d want from a sleeping pad.


4th Recommendation: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress

This is one of the most compact and lightest closed cell sleeping pad on the market. It measures 20 x 6 x 5 inches and weighs only 11.2 ounces. With over 563 reviews and a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating, Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad also elicits high praise from buyers.

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress

Features

This sleeping pad is designed in a way that it traps your body heat courtesy of the dimples that dot the entire sleeping surface. This heat is then used to heat you while you sleep giving this sleeping pad a 20% warmer feel compared to its competitors in the same class.

Though it looks thin, looks can be deceiving, and the material used to make this sleeping pad happens to be indestructible and does a good job of protecting itself.

The foam used to construct the Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad is light yet compact enough to provide durability and extra comfort. Owing to this, packing it becomes a simple task, and this also means moving it around is not cumbersome.

In the ultralight category, this sleeping pad takes the top slot hands down.

Pros

  • It is one of the cheapest sleeping pads on the market.
  • Easy to fold and carry around.
  • Made from durable materials.

Cons

  • Since it is not wide, if you prefer to sleep on your stomach, you will find your hands hanging off the sides.

Conclusion

If you ever find yourself on a limited budget and you need a sleeping pad, Therm-a- Rest is your best option. Its low price does not compromise the quality or comfort of this sleeping pad though.


5th Recommendation: Klymit Static V Luxe

This sleeping pad in the Klymit range was made for the car and outdoor camping, owing to its size and features. It is in the category of luxury inflatable sleeping pads and has an accommodative width of 30 inches.

Klymit Static V Luxe

Features

The Klymit Static sleeping pad is equipped with body mapping technology which enables the pad to automatically adjust to any body shape once you lie on it. This also applies on the opposite side that is in contact with the ground, making uneven ground feel even while you sleep. The benefit of this feature is that your body does not come into contact with the hard ground, which may cause muscle, tissue, and joint pains.

This provides extra comfort, and it does not matter which position or side you choose to sleep on.

Also, when shifting positions while sleeping, the padding cover does not make any annoying noises that may interrupt your sleep.

Pros

  • It is the most affordable luxury inflated sleeping pad.
  • Equipped with two valves which accelerate the inflation time.
  • The cover that comes with this sleeping pad is non-slip and does not make sounds when you shift position.

Cons

  • Knees and elbows slip in between the air chambers and come into contact with the hard ground.

Conclusion

For a firm and wide sleeping surface, the Klymer static sleeping pad makes for a perfect choice. The 7-inch width that is added in this sleeping pad ensures that your arms remain on the pad as you sleep.


6th Recommendation: TETON Sports Camp Pad

Teton Sports is a reputable company whose products are synonymous with quality. The Teton sports pad comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate all body types. This sleeping pad has over 500 reviews and is rated 4 out of 5 stars.

TETON Sports Camp Pad

Features

The Teton sleeping pad is versatile as it can be used for camping or as a mattress in the house. For easier portability, it can be rolled up and fits easily in your car trunk. When rolled up, it comes with an innovative roll assister for ease of use.

Further more, once rolled up it has a carry handle so that you can carry it around comfortably. This handle is fitted with buckles that make it convenient when moving from point A to B.

It is equipped with open cell foam which enables it to maintain its shape when rolled out. The Teton sleeping pad comes highly recommended as it has all the features that one would want in a sleeping pad, and is one of the few sleeping pads that can stand alone without the need for accessories.

Pros

  • It is designed with pockets for a pillow and to store valuables.
  • No matter how many times it is rolled up, it never loses its shape.
  • It comes with a lifetime warranty.

Cons

  • Compared to other sleeping pads in the same category, it is quite pricey.

Conclusion

Backpackers will find the Teton Sports pad a bit cumbersome to carry around due to its heavy weight.


7th Recommendation: #1 Premium Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Built by TNH Outdoors, this is a sleeping pad that has been designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the wild. With over 300 reviews and a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, this is a trendy sleeping pad which has received a lot of praise for its comfort ability and quality.

#1 Premium Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Features

Due to the extra tough exterior that comes with this pad, the manufacturers have ensured that sharp objects can not puncture it. This means that it is durable and able to protect its padding from harmful outdoor elements.

Surfaces that are bumpy and uneven can be slept on using the Premium sleeping pad. This works similarly as the body contour technology.

Also, it is fitted with a single valve that enables it to self-inflate once it is rolled out, with the same case applying when it comes to deflating it, courtesy of a strong plastic pipe it is fitted with.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • A tough exterior that can take a lot of pounding.
  • Thick and comfortable.

Cons

  • Has an awkward shape when rolled up.

Conclusion

The features that come with this sleeping pad are ideal for those who love the wild kind of outdoors. This is a pad that can take whatever the outdoors throws at it.


 

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