Monday, October 11, 2010

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sleeping Pad Wins Best Buy Award

MILL VALLEY,, one of the most popular climbing web sites in the world, revealed Therm-a-Rest Z Lite as the winner of the 2010 Best Buy award for the sleeping pad category. The staff rated the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite after extensive field testing in Yosemite, Squamish, High Sierra and the Bay Area. The Z Lite also underwent extensive side by side tests with others in the sleeping pad category to evaluate key performance metrics such as ease of use, performance, warmth, packability, durability and comfort. The complete sleeping pad review is available on

According to gear tester Max Neale, "The Therm-a-Rest Z Lite is the go to sleeping pad for anyone with a high priority on price, durability, and weight. It works in just about any camping situation whether on a big wall, in Yosemite, or backpacking. There is no set up time or need to worry about packing it up. This is also the most compact closed-cell foam pad. Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable. For a larger and more comfortable option go for the Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar.."

Neale continues, "This is most compact closed-cell pad we tested. Tying with two other pads, it’s also the lightest. The Z-Lite is a great value for traveling and backpacking and also makes an ideal second pad for winter activities. For a more durable and comfortable, but much larger pad consider the Ridge Rest Solar (same price). If you want a super light inflatable pad get the Therm-a-Rest Prolite ($60 more)."