- Product Dimensions: 72 x 20.1 x 0.9 inches ; 1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
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- ASIN: B005I6UD8U
- Item model number: 06665
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad
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- 50d mini Hex Rip Polyester
- The lightest self-inflating mattress Therm-a-Rest makes.
- Die-cut foam and tapered shape provides warmth and comfort with limited bulk.
- Light, compressible materials make the ProLite mattress pack friendly.
- Expanding foam core self-inflates; top off with just a few breaths for personalized firmness.
- R-Value of 2.2
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Our self-inflating ProLite mattresses are tailor-made for anyone seeking lightweight and convenient three-season comfort. Self-inflation keeps set-up super-easy and its die-cut foam packs small, easily fitting inside the most ultralight packs. The result is a mattress that's ideal for high-mileage, high-speed journeys where lightweight, three-season warmth is key. Stuff sack included.
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having 3 young kids doesn't make it easy when you want to get "out there", but it is a bit lighter when you use thermarest pads. we got a few pads 4 or 5 years ago and loved it right away, it is so light, and comfortable, it is extremely durable and we actually had to have it repaired after the kids decided to jump on the pads off the couch and did it too many times...thermarest fixed it in a timely manner for pennies and it still works great. my oldest has grown out of the pad he had and I was planing on buying a full size adult mat for him and found this pad, that is even lighter the the older ones we had. it is slightly more narrow which my husband doesn't like, but just as comfy, though it is a bit thinner too. we haven't tried it in freezing temps yet, so I can't compare the level of insulation. if your number one concern is being light this pad is a great choice!
The major negative component of the pad is that it has a very low R value and it's not meant for the very cold camping.
Comparison with other pads:
The other two pads that I have are the Big Agnes Q Core and the REI XL campbed 2.5.
Q-Core: In comparison to the Q-core, in tempered weather, I sleep better on the the Prolite. While the Q-Core at first seems more comfortable, and is definitely much warmer, it's hard to turn around in it and I don't like the 2.5in drop on edges. It is also a real pain to inflate (even with the pumphouse you can get to make it easier) and takes a while to deflate. When setting up camp after a long hike the last thing I want is to deal with inflating a pad. Packing up also takes that much longer as well (takes twice as long to put the Q-Core away than to pack up the tent). The Prolite is also 10oz lighter (in addition to the 1.6oz of the Pumphouse)
Campbed 2.5: In comparison to the Campbed, the Prolite is obviously not as comfortable or warm. That said, the Campbed is a monstrosity of a pad at about 28L in volume, 30"in packed length and 5lbs in weight. It's great for car camping, and inflates/deflates easily, but you could never take something like this in a backpack. Even car camping, given how large it is if you have a full car, there's no way everyone could have one of these with them. If the Campbed is a 10 in sleeping comfort (the extra 9" in width make a HUGE difference), I would put the Prolite at 7.8.
Comfortable and durable mattress, no complaints.
Bicycling/camped in Europe for 3 months with this thing, no problems. Just be careful not to do stupid things that could POTENTIALLY puncture it. I layed it over rocky ground in Italy and it held up great
Indeed it does not inflate on its own when it is new and has been stored in the warehouse or the store folded. However producer says that pad should be stored unfolded. After awhile it should gain those self-inflating capabilities. I am not sure if it will. I am not sure if it will be possible to store it unfolded as it is not practical and exposes pad to dust and dirt. However inflating it with ones mouth takes no effort and only half a minute, so I don't see it as a problem, except for freezing conditions. Inflating it under 0'C (when America will finally give up that silly Fahrenheit scale, understood only by 200M of Americans?) will lead to build up of ice inside the pad, which is not recommended. They also warn that mattress will inflate much slower in freezing temperature. Even slower? Mine is still only half full after half a day of self inflating.
I found space in my wardrobe to keep it unfolded, but it still does not really inflate on its own after few months. I don't really care. It is nice sleeping pad. I have to say though that sometimes I end up looking for it underneath myself. But if it would be wider, it would be heavier and in the high mountains every gram counts.