Therm-A-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad
My daughter and I use these on all of our backpacking trips.
October 31, 2014
I purchased this pad to use while touring on a bicycle. When I got home I opened it up and let it inflate. I laid it on my hard wood floor and was very surprised how well it performed. I have used it on one trip and will say well worth the money. I haven't used any other similar products so I really don't have anything to compare too.
October 24, 2014
Simple, lightweight, and comfortable.
I've been using the Thermarest Trail Lite regularly for over a year. I originally purchased it because it could be rolled up quite small for backpacking and was a bit thicker, when inflated, than the simple closed cell foam pad I'd used previously.
Since you can adjust the thickness by adding extra air it tends to be more comfortable than the foam ones. But when deflated and stored in the included stuff sack it takes a lot less space in my pack.
They are reliable and the material that they are made from seems durable. I've never had an issue with deflating on its own. I have used these pads on several winter outings and not once have I felt the cold through the pad.
I find that the self-inflate feature does work but you really need to be patient. When you set up camp take the mattress out of the stuff sack, open the valve and lay it out with nothing on top of it. Let it sit a while and it will self inflate. My son is a bit impatient and he inevitably will blow it up manually. Not a big deal, but I know in the winter that your warm moist breath can cause condensation inside, so keep that in mind. Deflating and packing is quite easy. I just open the valve and let the air out. Then I fold it in half and roll out the remaining air. It packs down nicely and fits easily inside the stuff sack.
The manufacturer recommends that you store the pad in the inflated position so it will remember that shape and will inflate faster on its own. They suggest leaving it under a bed or sofa. I don't have the room to do that so I keep them rolled up in the stuff sack and I have not had an issue so far.
Overall this is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone who is planning on going camping or backpacking.
October 16, 2014