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The Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout is a self-inflating sleeping pad for weekend backpackers and summer camps. The Trail Scout is a bump up from a closed-cell pad, providing added warmth and cushion. The pad will inflate itself, just lay out flat and open the valve. Once the foam core has time to expand, a few extra breaths via lung power will adjust the firmness to your liking. All your camping pals will be so jealous.
FEATURES of the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout Sleeping Pad
Ideal sleeping pad beginner hikers and campers provides essential comfort at a good value
An ideal upgrade from closed cell foam sleeping pads
The Regular 72" size weighs in at just 1 pound 6 ounces
Super compact and easy to take pretty much anywhere, and ideal for light backpacking, car camping, and summer camps
Can also add essential warmth to cots
The Trail Scout uses a uncut foam core to extract the most warmth and support possible
Thermal Foam core and supple exterior molds to the contours of the body
Stuff sack is included
Part of Therm-A-Rest's Trek and Travel Series of sleeping pads
Rated 5 out of
Great for the thrifty backpacker!I was in great need for a new roll mat. Considering I was using a cumbersom old air pad that was like sleeping on a half inflated balloon. I stumbled across the trail scout. It was light weight, compact and durable. Not to mention the price was right. I have thus used my trail scout for five years now without missing a beat. Comfortable to sleep on especially for my arthritis. It's not as thick as most pads but for the buck it's well worth it! I liked it so much I purchased a second one for my wife. Since then we've been taking our dog with us and as long as there is a blanket on the pad her nails don't cut into the pad.
Date published: 2016-08-10
Rated 5 out of
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Super durable and no slipping and sliding!I bought two of these for me and my partner two years ago for backpacking. While they aren't the lightest thermarest sleeping pad, the scout has two features I adore. First, the scout has a rubbery, almost sticky rubber coating. This is great because it keeps the pad from sliding around on the nylon floor of the tent and it helps me and my slick sleeping bag stay on the pad. I often hear that as a complaint about thermarest pads - not an issue on this model.
Second, this pad is durable! We use our pads a lot and have even used them day after day for several months at a time (and that use was outdoor in WA, OR, CA, MT). I would guess we have at least spent 200+ nights on our pads and after all this time neither leaks. Highly recommended
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 5 out of
Very Comfortable!I impulse bought this pad at my local sporting goods store because it was one of the cheaper options. I was initially a little concerned since it was only and inch thick, but that hasn't been a issue at all! I've taken it on two trips so far, and I've already noticed a difference in how well I've slept. Another unexpected use I got out of this was recently I stayed at a friends house, and had to sleep on the floor, but since I had my trail scout in my truck, that wasn't a problem at all. I would highly recommend this to any backpackers and campers!
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 4 out of
Simple but sturdy!Have owned this pad for a year and a half and have used it on countless backpacking trips in the Allegheny National Forest. Not the lightest for backpacking, but money was tight and I couldn't go for the dreamy NeoAir XLite, so I settled for this. It's done it's job just fine and hasn't let me down in the field. HOWEVER, I recently took it out of storage (unrolled and open valve) to find that it no longer holds air!!! No holes or tears or anything physically wrong with the pad so I suspect it deals with the valve maybe? Thanks to Thermarest's repair service, I will be sending it to them and will hopefully be receiving a repaired or new one in the future! Not a bad product though, hopefully I am the only unlucky one to encounter this problem.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 4 out of
Good entry level air padI bought three of these for my kids to use while backpacking. They are a good air pad, easy to blow up (it is self inflating, but I usually have to blow a little extra air in) and easy to roll up and pack. Lightweight and good construction, my kids are rough on things and so far (after about a year and 20 nights of sleeping on the air pad) they have held together great with no issues. The pad is a little thin for me, but I am a big guy at 6 foot 2 and 215 lbs, so so marks down for that. I feel like the price is good for the quality.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 3 out of
Good for the price, but don't recommend for cold weatherI bought two of these, as the combined R-value and weight was more or less equivalent to much pricier 4-season Therm-A-Rest pads. Overall happy with how the two pads work together. If one gets a hole, I'll still have some insulation without having to carry a repair kit. I'm not one to compromise padding for reduced weight, as I have severe scholiosis and can't sleep comfortably on a hard/rocky ground. I am 5'9", and bought two small-sized pads. I have slept very comfortably on a frozen ground with the two pads together. One alone wouldn't be ideal for me, but would probably be fine for others with less sensitive spines. I may eventually spring for a more expensive pad so I only have to inflate and deflate one every day and can save room in my pack.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of
Love. Love. Love.I bought this when I knew I was going to spend a year doing a lot of camping and adventuring. Thanks to its thin and light build, I was able to squish it in to almost any packing arrangement (and, if all else failed, lash it to the side of my pack). It was easy to get inflated. I can fill the whole thing with only a few deep breaths, which made setting up camp quickly much easier. It's held up astoundingly through many rigours. It kept me surprisingly comfortable and warm through any variety of experiences.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 5 out of
Comfort and light weightI purchased the "small" size about 3 years ago and had only used a closed cell foam pad or a very old 48" therm-a-rest that weighed a pound and a half. I find it quite comfortable. It took me a few times to get the inflation just right, but now is sleep very well on it. It packs pretty small too, with just a little effort. I don't think you can beat the price for anything this light weight and comfortable. I haven't had any leaks. I may have not secured the inflation valve one night, but that was my fault.