Designed for ounce-counting backpackers, the Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sol is a compact closed-cell foam pad. Dual density foam provides a soft sleeping surface and a durable bottom. A heat-reflective barrier adds increased warmth.
We are taking a closer look at the simple and streamlined Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping mat. This is a very classic and ultra lightweight sleeping mat that couldn’t be any simpler.
So taking a look at the features here, you can see how it packs down into that accordion style Z sort of pattern. So this is ultra lightweight. It weighs in right around 14 ounces for the regular size. It also comes in a small which is right around 10 ounces. So if you are ounce counting back packers, for people looking for a very affordable and lightweight sleeping pad, this is perfect.
It is also perfect for adding to another inflatable sleeping pad. So if you have got a sleeping pad you like to take out in the summer, but it doesn’t have an R value that is high enough, you can pair it really easily and really comfortably with a closed cell foam pad like this one.
Like I said, it is closed cell foam and so the thing I love about foam pads like this is they are not inflatable. So there is no way that you can puncture or pop the sleeping pad. And it is very, very durable over a long period of time.
As you can see, there is two colors at play. There is this shiny silver material on top and then the yellow on the bottom. And this silver material is actually a thermal reflective barrier. It is going to reflect your heat back to you to make it that much more thermal efficient. So this pad has an R value of 2.6, which is higher than I would expect from such a lightweight sleeping pad.
The other stand out feature here is this egg crate design. So as you can see, as I fold this up the egg crate design really folds down into itself and that saves a lot of space. So while this is also really light weight, when you pack it down it packs down really well. You can lash it to the outside of a back pack or if you are traveling it packs down to be really small so you don’t notice it when you don’t need it.
In my opinion, a pad like this has multiple uses that go far beyond just sleeping on it at night. I have used pads like this for a seat. So you can fold it up and create a really cushioning seat. If you are backpacking and stop for lunch, our can, you know, fold it up, put it on the ground, have a nice seating area. I have used it to prop up against trees and that kind of thing. It makes it really comfortable. Unlike an inflatable sleeping pad, you don’t have to worry about this being punctured. So you can put it on different surfaces and not worry about it getting damaged. I have even used it in the trunk of my car going to the beach, on picnics, anything you can throw at it. This is a really great companion.
It is the Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite SOL Sleeping Pad.