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- ASIN: B0075JUVAI
- Item model number: TZSSP-18
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress
|Price:||$34.95 - $44.95|
- Advanced Warmth: ThermaCapture surface on sleeping pad reflects radiant heat back to your body, amplifying the warmth of the heat-trapping dimples by 20%
- Compact Design: Folding design is compact and easy to pack.
- Extra Durable: Virtually indestructible closed-cell foam provides lasting, economical comfort.
- Space Savings: Peaks and valleys work together to add support while trapping heat and nest inside one another, to save space when packed.
- R-Value: 2.6
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Still a favorite of the ultralight elite, the Z Lite mattresses are our lightest, most compact closed-cell mattresses. The Z Lite SOL features a compact accordion-style shape and heat-trapping dimples. The Z Lite SOL has reflective ThermaCapture coating that helps capture radiant heat, increasing overall warmth by nearly 20%. The proprietary foam is softer on top for extra comfort and denser on the bottom for extra durability. Wherever you’re headed, a Z Lite Sol mattress is the right choice for ultralight warmth, durability and comfort.
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It separates you from the ground so you don't lose heat, the waffle design is good at this by creating air pockets that heat up. If it gets wet you don't have to worry about a slight pool under you, as it drips into the bottom of the waffle design. It's not the most comfortable but it's reliable and you won't have to baby it. It's pretty lightweight and as others have said, you can cut it. For sitting I will fold a few sections so it's double thickness.
It's really nice not having to wait for your sleeping pad to fill up with air.
I haven't found anything bad about it. It's not meant to be a comfy king sized bed. It's meant to keep you warm and comfort is a secondary aspect. Don't look at reviews that rate it poorly because it's not like a bed.
1. Does not increase the width of the pack, therefore tight trails won't get tighter.
2. Does not stick out too far, and thus will not be as prone to catching when ducking through branches.
3. Allows the rainfly to comfortably cover the whole pack including the pad.
4. Protects the pad from damage, since it is mostly shielded by the shape of the backpack.
I used a little bit of nylon cord run through loops on my pack (which is 60L, for scale reference). Using buckles might be even more advantageous for easy-on, easy-off - but this works fine for me.
It served the purpose as far as its weight. It is so lightweight which was why I bought it. But it's not comfortable. At all. I brought it into work and use it to take naps on my carpeted office floor and it isn't even comfortable for that.
They offer a minimum amount of cushioning. You won't feel rocks or sticks below you, but that's about it.
Where sleeping pads excel is in keeping you warm. The cold ground will suck the heat right out of your body through conduction, just like cold water can, but sleeping pads like this will isolate you from the ground allowing your sleeping bag to do it's job. In fact, the foil side (which should be towards you) acts like a space blanket reflecting infra-red energy that you produce (heat) back at you. But I use one, even in the summer.
The Z-Lite is well named, because it's super light. I have a BA self-inflating pad that cost nearly $300 that isn't as light. The foam doesn't crush when I sleep on it, and I'm over 6' and average weight.
The only drawback is it's size. For backpacking, it shouldn't be a problem to strap this to your pack, but for bike touring you might have a problem finding a place for it. However, it's only really effective at the contact points between your body and the ground: shoulders, hips and maybe in between depending on how you sleep. Since it's just foam, you can slice it up to make it smaller if you don't need a full-length, or if you sleep on your side you can make it narrower. (I'm sure this voids any sort of warranty.)
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