I bought this sleeping pad early last spring and I've been using it ever since. The accordion folding thing is awesome because it is a lot faster/easier than rolling it up and it is easy to strap it onto your backpack. You can also manipulate it into becoming a chair a lot more easily than you can with the ones you have to roll up. Over all, I think its pretty great. It keeps me off the ground and when I use my hammock I like to put this in there too and it keeps me warm.The only downside to this is that since I am a stomach sleeper, my face feels uncomfortable on the egg crate shaped foam. If you sleep like a normal human being this shouldn't be a problem.
Here's the deal: I'm a college student. I don't have time or money for any of that fancy air-inflation crap. This is fast, dirty, and simple. It's bombproof too, I'm not going to be screwed if it pops on me, because there's no way this thing is going to fail. It's surprisingly warm, and actually quite comfortable. I sleep comfortably on my side with it; I don't know what other people are talking about. The only reason I took off a star is because it's obviously a little bulky, but much better than other foam pads. Really it's pretty great. Super light, pretty warm, comfortable, and adaptable.
"Easy to carry, comfortable to sleep on, definitely recommended!"
Amazing, lightweight gear for camping. I took it on a hiking trip. It folds up neatly into your pack, unlike larger, air-based pads. You don't have to roll it. Conserved heat well, and provided an adequate amount of cushioning. I am 5'2" and the small size was perfect for me!
The best thing about the pad is how you can pack it. The Z-folding means you don't waste space in your pack for air, unlike pads that you roll. My children also love it, when they go hiking.I am 189 cm, and looked for a Long version, that does not exist. Still, Regular works for me.
If you're going for a foam mat, this is what I'd get. It's much better than rolling one up. I'd hate to know I had to sleep on a little mat like this long. I just use it for insulation under my air mat.
I love this pad. it is very compact for being a foam pad. I have yet to take it on a trip but i have laid around on it in the house and really like it. I was reading some other reviews that were saying that it is for side sleepers. this is definitely true, unless you have an uber fluffy sleeping bag that allows a littler more comfort or if you put an air mattress pad on top of it. bottom line, this is a great pad, uber light, stylish, and oh, really easy to take out and put up, just practice your accordion muscles and you got it down pat!!
"Unbeatable bang-for-buck, but bulky and thin"
This pad is durable, light, and a great insulator (keeps me very warm), but not as comfortable as an inflatable pad. It also takes up quite a bit of space, which isn't a problem if you strap it to the outside.
This is an amazing sleeping pad! Wonderfully light weight and easy to store/carry. The reflective side is a great addition since it keeps me warm even with just a light blanket during colder summer nights.
"The best for hardcore and hardcore wantabees"
I've used this for over 10 years from the sands of the Florida Keys to the hard rocks of the Canada bloodvein river to New Mexico. Covered the AT on this. It's Indestructible. Lightweight. COMFORTABLE. Easy to fold before sunrise. Bought more for relatives. They love it. Next to my Nalgene, this is my most beloved piece of gear. You can't go wrong. Bypass the blowup doll pads. They leak over time and sound like an iron lung when you move. There's nothing but sleep with these things. Life is good with a Z lite. Strap it onto the side of your pack and hike on!
My wife and I both use this and when its cold this keeps the cold coming up thru our normal sleeping pad. You can even feel your own body heat being reflected back to you. A must have when the temps drop.
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