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Therm-a-Rest - RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad

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    Tech Specs

    cross-linked polyethylene
    foam pad
    [short] 20 x 48in, [regular] 20 x 72in, [long] 25 x 77in
    Packed Size:
    [short] 13 x 6in, [regular] 20 x 8in, [long] 25 x 8.5in
    Claimed Weight:
    [short] 9oz, [regular] 14oz, [long] 1lb 3oz
    Recommended Use:
    camping, backpacking, travel
    Manufacturer Warranty:

    RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad

    The Therm-a-rest Ridge Rest SOLite keeps you warm despite its thin profile thanks to its heat-trapping ridges and its innovative heat-reflecting aluminized surface. This lamination boosts the durability of the pad, and its low weight and small size when packed (it's only .6 inches thick) help you shave weight and save space in your pack during your four-season overnights.

    • Foam sleeping pad designed for cold camping and backpacking trips
    • ThermaCapture surface reflects warmth back to your way
    • Unique design rolls up small to fit outside backpacks with straps

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Everything I could ask for in a sleeping pad, except size and that would cause it to be less durable. I would rather have durability with the security of knowing it won’t puncture or loose air, over saving space in my pack. It’s also lighted weight than the inflatables.

    Great Pad to have an inflatable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    All items are a tradeoff. These are not the most comfortable pad you can own nor are they the most packable. Where they excel is for general winter use. I take my short version in the winter even when I'm packing the inflatable. It is a safety measure and it is great as a sit pad or generally laying out gear on the snow. I've dug snow caves and the ole foam pad was a welcome resting matt between bouts of effort digging. It is great to just throw down anytime you need a seat and for various other uses.
    In terms of a packing secret, if you have a short version of this pad and a large volume pack, you can roll it up on the interior before putting anything in the pack. Sure....it eats up the volume but it will work if your load isn't too bulky. I've done this when I've had snowshoes, shovel, ice axe and other things on the outside. Buy an extra because I've cut up a few of these things to use in places. Footbox of my bag.... shaped extra padding. The spot where my butt gets cold in the hammock.... magic. Your imagination is your only limit.

    Light and warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this sleeping pad for car camping. Despite its thinness, the pad does a good job of masking the forest floor. I mostly bought this specific pad for the low price and initially had low exceptions in regards to quality. But therm-a-rest always delivers and I'm real happy with the quality of this product.

    Awesome pad

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    A great, light, non inflating pad. comfortable and warm.

    No more punctures

      After dealing with several flats with my inflatable sleeping pads I decided to give these a try. I bought two and they definitely do the job. Simple yet effective.

      You're supposed to use the silver side?!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used this pad five times now. Five different nights of sleeping in a tent. It is comfortable to me. As far as warmth goes, this is the tricky part. I need to upgrade my sleeping bag since it's a cheap Cabela's 15-degree synthetic one. Three of the five nights I've used the pad with said sleeping bag, I've been chilled quite sufficiently. But I think this had much more to do with the sleeping bag than the pad. Also, I just read about a reflective SILVER coat on this pad. I've been using the green side! Who knew? Perhaps it's appropriate that I've been listening to Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" for the past days lol.
      Being 6'6", I have the long pad, and it is long enough. I will add a blow-up pad to the arsenal as well though, especially since winter is coming. I've heard that getting one of those cheap WalMart blue pads to put under this pad can really upgrade warmth though. Of course then you run into issues pertaining to weight and space.

      Works Great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This Ridge sleeping pad by Thermarest does the trick perfectly. I'm not a big fan of air style pads or mattress for the sole fact that I just cannot sleep on them well for some odd reason.. Therefore, this simple sleeping pad by Thermarest worked out great for me! Covers up the rocks or uneven ground nicely for you, rolls up nice so you can attach it to just about any style pack when backpacking, and most importantly it's heat reflecting aluminized surface forces all of your body heat up towards you instead of going down directly into the cold ground. I have used it on a handful of backpacking trips now and it has worked out awesome for me every time! The only thing that could possibly be improved is having it be able to roll up a little smaller, but other than that this simple sleeping pad by Thermarest is perfect in my opinion.

      Better than the ground!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      This sleeping pad does the job. It's not the most comfortable thing I've ever slept on, but with that being said, it's also only $30. I used it camping between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop in August when the days were warm, but the nights were on the cool-ish side (40's) and the insulation from the pad helped in staying warm. I tend to be a stomach sleeper, so after a night of sleep on this pad my hip bones were a bit sore in the morning, but other than that, it's been great. (Also, maybe I should just learn to sleep on my back...)

      This is a perfectly functional pad and very cost effective.

      Better than the ground!


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I bought it to make 2 short wide pads. Know that because of the width it looks like it will have to be strapped vertically on a pack or used to line a haul sack - it'd be too wide to strap across the bottom. Bought it for car camping and to add to a second pad for winter.

      Looking forward to having this item last

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I made the purchase of this sleeping pad because I know it is doing to be durable and all purpose. I have seen too many inflatable sleeping pads break, and as much as I love the Z Lite style, I know they eventually wear thin. I am looking forward to using this item for years to come!


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The regular size was my first sleeping pad ever, and serves me well still on occasion. I replaced it a few months ago with a self inflating pad, which is a little more comfortable and packs easier, but takes longer to utilize. In the year and half of abuse I put this pad through, there's scrapes and the reflective paint is worn away in spots. It's still just as comfortable as it ever was though. Great first pad and possibly even last pad, or until you get some experience in what you want out of a pad.

      For whatever it may be lacking, it makes up for in price.

      Comfortable enough and super versatile

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I was worried about comfort on this pad, but it turned out fine on my 6 day trip in Denali. I'm primarily a stomach sleeper, with bouts of back (in cold weather) and side (when I'm restless). Comfort level obviously wasn't luxurious, but I never woke up due to discomfort, and I felt reasonably well-rested in the morning.

      What I really love about this pad is its versatility. Wanna take a nap mid-day? Need a temporary "privacy shield" while changing around strangers? How about a pillow? How about an area to "stage" all your gear in the morning as you pack up, avoiding wet/muddy grass? This pad does all of that quickly, and with no complaint or worries about holes.

      As for warmth, the night temps in Denali were probably 38-45. I was perfectly warm on this pad with a Kelty Light Year bag.

      Regretting getting it.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Just moved out to the Rockies and have been building up a camping supply as my wife and I like to hike/backpack. Being tight on funds I went with this as it was the cheapest sleeping pad I saw.. but after our first trip I'm really regretting the purchase. I got the short pad which is good for my knees to shoulders which I can manage and thermal insulation was okay. Comfort though is horrible. I have 8 years in the Army and have slept in more comfy patches of dirt. I'm going to shell out for another pad and donate this one to goodwill..

      I agree , think long and hard on where you plan to use it, this one failed for me for a couple of reasons 1. I live in alsaska and wanted to use it for light weight trips in the back country. Even tough it does provide some warmth, it has zero comfort. Packs too big, and even when rolled on the outside of bag it can get wet. Sure you can over it up, but you see the issue here. It becomes a thing to constantly manage. , I remember it was about my second cold rainy trip when I realized I wanted something different.

      2. If you insist on a pad, go for z lite. Folding solves some of the issues, and can be used for some some things. Iike a seat, frame for backpack etc. my main problem with these pads are that they don't do their primary function well. I get more warmth and comfort from my inflatable pad, stores super small. Sure it might pop. But they are made well and sure some common sense will help. Anyway, I throw my inflatable in my tiny pack and know I'm good.

      Great pad for the hammock

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I got the short version of this pad a few weeks ago for use in my hammock. I've used it 3 nights so far and am really loving it. It is pretty bulky but the short version isn't too bad, and of course its super lightweight. I put it inside my sleeping bag in my hammock which is awesome so it doesn't slide around. I can really feel the heat reflecting back on me from the silver side. Since it's just on my torso area I can move my legs freely.

      Its also great for a quick roll out "seat" on the ground or rock for a little extra cushion. I only gave it 4 stars because some of the silver part is peeling off already, but its still super durable. I was going to get a cheaper generic foam pad but for $5 more this one it totally worth it.

      T-a-R Video Answers a Couple Questions

        This video answers a couple community questions posted below:

        A1. The closed cell pad doesn't absorb water, even if punctured.

        A2. The pad is meant to be used "silver side up" when placed on the ground.