What you’ll find here – The overall best sleeping pad, the best essentials sleeping pad, and the best budget sleeping pad. We review sleeping pads from the top sleeping pad brands like REI, NEMO, and Therm-a-Rest as well as provide expert advice on how to figure out which pad is best for you.
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The R-value is how well a sleeping pad insulates. The higher the R-value, the better protection from the cold ground. R-values of 2-4 are good for most 3-season conditions. 4+ values are used if the temperature drops below freezing.
Weight: 12 oz.
Use: 3-season (below freezing if needed). Not ideal for snow camping however. Camping and backpacking. If you’re looking for just a camping only sleeping pad and don’t mind extra weight, our best overall sleeping pad choice is the Exped MegaM10 as is it large, comfortable, and warm with an R-value of 8.1!.
Pros: Warm and does not weigh a lot, packs into a small stuff sack, very comfortable even for side sleepers, comes with a pump sack, and the brand is well known with an exceptional warranty.
Cons: When new the pad makes a crinkle noises when rolling over. The noise is not super loud but some people may find it annoying. The noise does tend to go down as the pad is used.
Bottom line: We find that the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad is the best all-around sleeping pad (as long as you’re not going snow camping). The combination of comfort, good R-value (warmth), and light weight make this pad great not only for camping but also backpacking. The issue with XLite sleep pad is that it makes a crinkle sound when you roll over. Overtime this crinkle noise diminishes.
There is also a women’s version of this sleep pad which is warmer and shorter.