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 reduces weight and bulk.
Offering affordable, no frills performance for the backcountry, the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout sleeping pad is the perfect option for someone who is looking for a light weight sleeping pad that is easy to use. This would be great for someone who is just getting started, who is looking for an affordable sleeping pad or this is great for groups when you need to by multiple sleeping pads and you are looking for an affordable price.
This is a self inflating pad, so it packs down to be pretty small due to that foam core. You have got open cell foam on the inside. So to inflate this all you have to do is roll out the mat, open the valve and the foam on the inside acts like a sponge, meaning that it is going to soak up all the air. It is going to expand and it is going to inflate most of the way for you. Once you let it set out for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, let that foam expand all the way, you just need to inflate the sleeping pad a little bit at the end to your desired thickness.
So with this pad it is about an inch thick when it is fully inflated. So you do get 3.4 R value. So that is going to offer protection from the ground. This is a three season pad. So if you are in colder temperatures you definitely want to look for something with a higher R value. But this is great for three seasons. And we will take a look at some of the other features.
The materials here on the top and the bottom are a light weight polyurethane. If we look at the valve here, the Therm-a-Rest valve is really nice because after you inflate the pad you can lay on it and adjust the firmness of the pad if you want. You just have to reach behind you and adjust that. So that is a nice feature there. And then this material is pretty silent. So as you are sleeping on it, it is not going to make a lot of noise.
Looking at some of the other features, this does come in four sizes, small to extra large, so you can choose what size you want. I have got the regular size right here and it weighs in right around one pound six ounces. So it is definitely a backpackable option. You can roll it up pretty small with that foam on the inside and pack it away in you back pack.
And Therm-a-Rest does have kind of a mummy shape with this pad. They cut the corners and they taper it down into the foot box just to save a little bit more weight. So you can definitely take this into the back country.
And they do include a stuff sack. So when you are ready to pack it down after you use it, you can just throw it right in the stuff sack and it makes it really simple.
Again, the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout is a great, affordable, no frills performance sleeping pad for three seasons in the backcountry.