Combining lightweight construction, rugged durability and a comfortable 2 inch thickness, the Therm-a-Rest Women's Trail Pro self-inflating mattress offers versatility for backpacking, camping or general travel.
We are taking a closer look at the tried and true comfort of the Therm-a-Rest Women’s Trail Pro Sleeping Pad. This is a semi self-inflating pad. And the real story here with your self-inflating sleeping pads is that you have an expandable foam core on the inside. So the foam that is in there acts kind of like a sponge with air. As soon as you open the air for this pad, that foam starts to expand. It lets air in and traps the air in the open cell foam. And it allows a lot easier inflation than your fully inflating pads.
I will mention that it doesn’t self-inflate completely. So at the end, you know, after you have waited maybe 10 or 15 minutes, you do have to inflate the rest of the pad by mouth. And then from there you can adjust the firmness or softness of the pad. But with the design, again, tried and true, Therm-a-Rest design of this pad, this has been a pad that has been in their line for decades and they continue to make improvements and we will take a look at all the features.
The Trail Pro is definitely a backpackable option. It rolls down to be small enough and light weight enough to bring in your pack. It is certainly not the most ultralight pad in the Therm-a-Rest line, but if you are looking for really great comfort and really good clearance from the ground as well as the 4.8 R value that gives you a lot of warmth from the cold ground, this is a really great four season mat.
Now this is the women’s version so it is 20 inches wide, 66 inches long and it is two inch-es thick. So that provides a lot of comfort there. If you want more sprawling comfort, if you need a wider or a longer pad there are definitely other sizes and other versions, but the women’s specific version does offer some mapping with the foam. It is not just, you know, your standard foam on the inside. Therm-a-Rest does a really good job of mapping the foam in different areas where you have a little more softness here, a little more firmness there. And it is dye cut, so that means they take some of the foam out to make it a little bit lighter weight, but with that four season use you do have a lot of insulation there from the ground. So it is a really smart design. And the women’s specific pad, again, does have certain insulation in places that some of their other standard pads don’t have.
The fabrics used here are really, really durable. And unlike some other sleeping pads that have almost a crunchy sound to it, this is a very silent sleeping pad. So I can move it around and bend it and push on it and you really don’t have a lot of sound there. It doesn't have any sort of crunch or anything like that. So if you are sensitive to that kind of noise when you are sleeping, this might be a really great pad for you. And, again, it has kind of a brushed feel to the top so it is really soft as well.
I found this pad really easy to inflate. With that semi self-inflating foam on the inside, basically all I did was undo the valve, let it sit there for a couple of minutes and then, you know, give it a couple of breaths of air at the end just to give it the, you know, the inflation that I want.
The valve is constructed in such a way that it is really easy to make minor adjustments here and it even has a little rubberized grip on the outside. So once you have this pad fully inflated you can lay down on it and, you know, some people like to kind of sink into their sleeping pads. Some people like their sleeping pads to be really firm. And you can make minor adjustments with that valve. It is really easy to use. Unlike some valves that are either open or closed, this one you can really dial in the firmness of the pad, which is something I really appreciate about the durable, Therm-a-Rest valves.
All in all this is a very warm, very comfortable and easy to us sleeping pad for the back country. It would be great for camping or traveling as well. Therm-a-Rest does include a stuff sack so you can roll that down and stuff it into the stuff sack so you can throw it into your pack.
It is the Therm-a-Rest Women’s Trail Pro Sleeping Pad.