Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout (2013) Self Inflatng Sleeping Pad

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Key Features

  • Available in four sizes
  • Streamlined shape saves weight
  • Basic self inflating pad makes a good upgrade from a closed cell pad
  • Stuff sack included


Recommended Use: 3-Season Camping and Backpacking
Item Weight: Small: 15 oz
Medium: 1 lb 5 oz
Regular: 1 lb 8 oz
Large: 2 lb 0 oz
Dimensions: Small: 20" x 47" x 1.25"
Medium: 20" x 66" x 1.25"
Regular: 20" x 72" x 1.25"
Large: 25" x 77" x 1.25"
R-Value: 3.7
Type: Self Inflating Sleeping Pad
Packed Size: Small: 11" x 4"
Medium: 11" x 6"
Regular: 11" x 6"
Large: 13" x 6"
Warranty: Lifetime

Product-Related Videos

  • Product Demo
    Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout Sleeping Pad   Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout Sleeping Pad
  • Tech Talk
    What Is a Sleeping Pad's R-Value?   What Is a Sleeping Pad's R-Value?
  • How-to Guide
    Care and Use of Therm-a-Rest Self Inflating Pads   Care and Use of Therm-a-Rest Self Inflating Pads
  • Product Demo
    Using Your Therm-a-Rest Self-Inflating Mattress   Using Your Therm-a-Rest Self-Inflating Mattress
  • Product Demo
    Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad Accessories   Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad Accessories

Product Highlights

A no-frills option for first-time campers or cost-conscious backpackers, the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout sleeping pad offers self-inflating comfort and convenience at an affordable price. The streamlined shape helps reduce weight and bulk.

An expandable foam core provides the self-inflating Trail scout with an R-value of 3.7 and makes the pad incredibly easy to use. Simply unroll the pad and open the valve. Open-celled foam responds by soaking up air, similar to the way in which a sponge absorbs liquid. Once the Trail Scout has had time to inflate, you can adjust firmness by manually adding or releasing air before re-tightening the valve.

The Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout sleeping pad is available in four sizes. The Small measures 20" x 47", the Medium measures 20" x 66", the Regular measures 20" x 72" and the Large measures a full 25" x 77". A stuff sack (included) aids in packability and provides water-resistant protection.

Sizes available: Large, Medium, Regular, Small

Therm-a-Rest part numbers: 05205, 05203, 05204, 05202

Product Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout (2013) Self Inflatng Sleeping Pad

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 10

Individual Customer Reviews:

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  • Mike B. Cheektowaga NY

    Likes: This is perfect for my little one. She needed a pad and this makes her more self-sustaining in the woods. She can open the valve while I unpack and get setup. Then I can finish it off and we can go about our evening in the campsite.

    Dislikes: Nothing.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: It doesn't get any better for the value. The trail scout comes in long, which is good when you're 6'6", it's easy to use, comfortable, and durable. You could spend $100 more and shave a few ounces, but most won't need to. I haven't put the trail scout on frozen ground, but I can't imagine that you'd have that much of a problem when coupled with a good sleeping bag. My family has 3 of them, and my youngest daughter will be getting one soon.

    Dislikes: It's a little bulky, so if space is really limited, it may be an issue. Either buy a bigger pack, lash it to the outside, or spend that extra $100 we talked about.

  • Andy L. Oxnard CA

    Likes: Very comfortable! The price was excellent. Also very quick and easy to inflate to desired firmness.

    Dislikes: It is a bit large when packed, bigger than my summer sleeping bag.

  • Duane T. Worthington OH

    Likes: Self inflates in just a few minutes and (just like the video!) only takes a few additional puffs of air to fully inflate. Sleeping bag stayed put all night. Slept very well considering I was on a hard wood floor of an old cabin at scout camp! Compacts to a small size in its stuff sack.

    Dislikes: Being a tad wider in the shoulder area would have been nice.

  • Kaushik G. Boise ID

    Likes: Therm-a-Rest is a King when it comes to sleep related gear or accessories. Pretty impressed with the quality and workmanship of the Trail Scout, has worked flawlessly over the last 5-6 months. The self inflating does work fine, there are times when the valve gets closed while trying to move the pad around in tent. Just double check to leave the valve open before leaving the tent, so that Trail Scout can do its job of inflating air while you are out hiking/having dinner :-)

    Dislikes: The quality of stuff bag could have been better. Its way oversized for the Trail Scout and the drawstrings are off too poor quality. Trail Scout deserves a much better bag!

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: I like the stuff sack and how the pad packs small, The color is cool to.

    Dislikes: don't like how you are suppose to leave unfolded when not using

  • Robert C. Hendersonville NC

    Likes: Packs Small, Excellent Price

    Dislikes: Color

  • Roseanne P. Nassau NY

    Likes: This new version of ThermaRest refines the needs of a backpacker even more - enough thickness to get a good night's sleep while being light-weight and foldable to fit into a small tote bag.

    Dislikes: Nothing - even the price was right!

  • Chris S. Valrico FL

    Likes: I was down to getting either the Thermarest Trail Scout or the Thermarest Trail Lite which costs about twice as much. I chose the Trail Scout because of the specs. Firstly, the Trail Scout is warmer with an R-value of 3.7. The Trail Lite has an R-value of 3.4. This meant quite a bit to me because I'll probably be using this in cooler weather. Secondly, The Trail Scout is 4 ounces lighter than the Trail Lite model. Really the only positive thing I saw in the specs of the Trail Lite is that it's 1/4 inch thicker which I feel is minimal. I haven't used my Trail Scout on any camping trips yet, but I've laid down on it and it's extremely comfy.

    Dislikes: I wouldn't mind if it were a few ounces lighter, but it's not bad. It packs down to a fairly good size too!

  • Troy S. Sioux Falls SD

    Likes: I like how small it packs how it inflates by itself. Another plus to it is that it came a stuff sack and it packs into it very easily. I haven't been out camping with it yet but I have laid on it and it seems comfy and it feels like it won't slide around.

    Dislikes: I don't like how you are suppose to leave unfolded when you aren't using it. They explain it because it is memory foam and if you leave it stuffed then it will try to go to its known position. So I just leave it unpacked and put it underneath my bed.

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