There is nothing better than a warm summer night sleep under the stars Together with friends. And there is nothing worse than waking up with a change of noon after a restless night’s sleep on hard, rocky ground. Fortunately, sleeping pad technology continues to improve, allowing for maximum comfort whether you’re roughing it up indoors backcountry or car camping With family. From ultra-light to plush, here are seven of our favorite sleeping pads to buy right now.
1. ALPS Mountaineering Swift Air Mat
Weighing in at just one pound, this is the absolute lightest weight sleeping pillow to take the backpacks. It measures 3.5″ x 10″ when packed, so you won’t be using up any valuable real estate in your bag. Small pillow-like air chambers provide extra support for sleeping on uneven terrain. While it doesn’t offer the same level of comfort as a bulky car camping pillow, it gets the job done, and its weight and packability are second to none.
2. Thermarest MondoKing 3D Sleeping Pillow
Thermarest backpacking and camping pads are all ahead of the class, but the MondoKing has the highest level of support and comfort. A foam core and four inches of stable loft allow for maximum year-round warmth and comfort. The self-inflating pillow features two one-way valves, making setup and ripping a breeze. While the pillow is large, its unique construction allows it to pack up easily (read: don’t wrestle with it again in the included stuff sack). With a stretchy stretch fabric and vertical side walls to maximize sleeping space, it’s almost as comfortable as sleeping in your bed. approx.
[From $210; thermarest.com]
3. Stoic clutch air mat
Our lightest and most packable sleeping pad yet weighs less than a pound, making it ideal for backpacking. To cut back on weight and size, the pillow features a mummy shape and includes a zip-up storage pouch. The soft and stretchy fabric is treated with TPU for water resistance; Sturdy bottom and textured surface provide you comfort on rough forest floors; The quick release valve allows for easy inflation and deflation.
4. Klymit Static V
As someone who regularly sleeps on their side, this board will be a game-changer for nights out in the countryside. Body mapping chambers and V-shaped chamber design allow the pillow to conform to the shape of your body while still maintaining upper air pockets, helping the side, back, And the Stomach sleepers for a sound nap. While the pillow is not self-inflating, the easy-to-use valve allows for quick setup, and weighs just over a pound for easy portability.
5. NEMO Equipment Quasar 3D Sleeping Pad
This sleeping pad is made with Bluesign certified fabric and 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. It has a 3D baffle feature to keep you centered, a slightly elevated head so it doesn’t lift your neck, and a Vortex pump bag for quick and easy inflation. It’s available in three different sizes, plus it’s insulated and uninsulated depending on your needs. The pillow doesn’t pack as small as some of the other backpacking options out there – but what it lacks in portability, it makes up for in comfort.
6. Big Agnes TwisterCane BioFoam Pillow
Designed for long days and nights in the outback, this pillow features closed-cell foam technology and two layers of foam, providing a strong, cushioned barrier between you and the ground. Designed with the planet in mind, the pillow is made from a unique EVA foam that contains more than 60 percent of sustainably grown sugarcane. Although the pillow is a bit bulky, it is incredibly lightweight and requires no setup – just pop it in and you’re good to go.
7. NRS River Bed Sleeping Pillow
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable sleeping pad than this. Made with a water-resistant TobaTex PVC-free exterior and medium-density polyurethane foam on the inside, the pad holds up well against the elements. The material is thick and padded so rocks and twigs won’t penetrate. The pillow features a high quality Leafield C7 valve that allows it to self-inflate when open. After a good night’s sleep, simply open the valve and twist the pack. Although it does wonders for you, it is not compact in size, so it is best for kayaking, boating or car camping.
[From $150; nrs.com]
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