When I snowshoe, sometimes my lunch break isn’t conveniently located near a warm, dry rock. Actually, most rocks I find are always icy, but that just might be my luck!
When I saw that Thermarest made a small version of its closed cell foam sleeping pads, I bought one. I use my ThermaRest Z Seat as a sit pad for winter hikes, as well as summer hikes.
It is extremely lightweight and can easily be attached to a daypack (check out mine in the picture!).
Thermarest makes other sit pads for that pack down smaller for summer hikes, but this one is my go-to sit pad for winter snowshoeing and hiking.
Plus, in addition to keeping my bum happy, it is nice knowing I have closed cell foam with me for emergency purposes. It could be used to wrap up an injured limb to protect it from further abrasions.
The other sit pad I use is my Thermarest inflatible seat. I use that one in the spring and summer when I don’t need the insulating properties of the closed cell foam that the Z seat provides.