Thermarest Sleeping Pad

This Thermarest Sleeping Pad is one of the best purchases of backpacking gear I’ve ever made. It makes sleeping on dirt almost as comfortable as sleeping in a bed at home. What is nice about this women’s specific Thermarest Trail Pro Sleeping Pad is that it is designed specifically for women, which means there is extra insulation at the feet and the upper body, where we tend to get the coldest. Smart, huh! Plus, since I’m smaller than the average man, I didn’t want to lug around a huge mattress with me.

Womens Thermarest Trail Pro Sleeping Pad
Womens Thermarest Trail Pro Sleeping Pad

Trail Pro Women’s Regular Thermalite, 2inches, 4 seasons, 20×66

Thermarest Stuff Sack
Thermarest Stuff Sack

Stuff sack for Thermarest sleeping pad

Trail Pro Women’s Regular Thermalite, 2inches, 4 seasons, 20×66
Stuff sack for Thermarest sleeping pad

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  1. Hiking Lady says:

    Generally it is challenging to move very much when you sleep in a sleeping bag, especially in a mummy bag, so it is pretty easy to stay on the sleeping pad. Plus, tents tend to be fairly close quarters! I haven’t really had a problem. You could sew on two nylon loops to your sleeping bag and do the same to your sleeping pad and attach them with a carabiner to keep them in place.

  2. Taylor says:

    How do you ensure the pad stays beneath you and your sleeping bag? It seems they are pretty thin and it would be easy to roll right off of it.

  3. Hiking Lady says:

    Great questions, Morgan! The Thermarest is self inflating…that means that you should unroll it and open the valve as soon as you get your tent set up. It slowly fills with air, then you only have to add a few puffs of your own breath to top it off and get it nice and comfy. 2 pounds is on the heavy side (ie, more comfortable) for backpacking, and light for car camping.
    Happy trails!

  4. Morgan says:

    So, to someone like me who has never used a sleeping pad before (just now getting into hiking), do I have to sit and blow this baby up after a long days hike?? Is 2lbs standard for a good sleeping pad?

  5. Hiking Lady says:

    Hi there! Wow, you’re going to have a wonderful time on the Inca Trail. You may want to call the trip sponsor in advance and find out details on what type of pad they provide. The Thermarest Trail Pro weighs exactly 2 pounds. If they plan on providing you with only a foam pad, then I’d bring along an inflatable one like this to put on top of the foam pad. But if they have decent inflatable ones, you probably don’t need to bring along a Thermarest.
    Have a great time!

  6. senior hiker audrey says:

    We’re an older couple who will be hiking the Inca Trail in April. The company sponsoring the trip will rent sleeping pads, but I’m worried about hiking all day and sleeping on dirt on a flimsy pad (I’m in good shape, but I have the older person’s joint and muscle aches if I don’t sleep well). We are very limited in the weight we can bring. How much does the Thermarest weigh, and would it be worth it to schlep it along instead of taking the rental pad? (also, thanks for this site – I finally learned how to get boots that fit!)

  7. Russell says:

    I love my Therm-a-rest too. I do a lot of canoe camping, and these sleeping pads are perfect for sleeping on gravel bars. I use one of the big base camp pads because there is plenty of room in the canoe, but if I were backpacking, I would certainly go with one of the smaller, lighter ones.

    Nice website. It looks great. I love your avatar and the mountains in the header.

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