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Sleeping Pad



Gear Review: Exped SynMat 12

Large sleeping pad is comfortable and luxurious.

Hall of Fame 2014: Bags & Pads

Smart design and quality construction never go out of style.

Gear Review: Mammut Light Pump Mat EXP Sleeping Pad

A lightweight, inflatable pad that resists compression.

Gear Review: Exped Downmat XP 9 Sleeping Pad

Withstand glacial nights with this 700-fill down pad.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Dream Sleeping Pad

A thick, soft pillow top to keep you cozy at night.

Gear Guide 2013: Sleeping Pads

A good sleeping pad completes your sleeping bag - here are five great ones.

Gear Review: REI Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad

Features abound in this three-season sleeping pad from REI.

Gear Review: Exped DownMat Lite 5 Sleeping Pad

Stay warm with this down-lined inflatable sleeping pad from Exped.

Gear Review: Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad

Save money and reduce bulk with this summer sleeping pad from Klymit.

Gear Review: Mammut Alpine Mat UL Sleeping Pad

Get more for less with this durable foam pad from Mammut.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL Sleeping Pad

Take the comfort of your bed outdoors with the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL.

Gear Guide 2012: Sleeping Pads

Sleep comfortably on your next adventure with one of these great sleeping pads.

Gear Guide 2012: Summer Sleeping Bags

These bags are ideal for summer backpacking trips, each offering lightweight comfort for warmer temps.

Gear Guide 2012: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

7 new bags perfect for your spring-time adventures.

Gear Guide 2012: Winter Sleeping Bags

Ready to endure all the elements, these bags offering warmth and protection for winter camping.

Gear Guide 2012: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads

Find the perfect sack for any budget or adventure.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest Women's NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

If you're 5'5" and under (or sleep curled up) this sleeping pad is a welcome, warm addition to the Therm-a-Rest line

Gear Guide 20120: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

Get the comfort you deserve with horizontal and vertical tubes that add both support and cushion.

Gear Guide 2012: NEMO Cosmo Air XL Sleeping Pad

For big-and-tall types, this pad will offer you a comfortable and good night of sleep.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

This pad offers a thermal reflective barrier for extra warmth at an affordable price.

Gear Guide 2012: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

High-performance and ultralight, this pad offers comfort and great packability.

Gear Guide 2012: Exped Downmat UL7 Sleeping Pad

This down mat offers comfort and cushion in some of the roughest camp grounds.

Reader Extreme Makeovers: Lighten a Heavy Load

By replacing just five key items from this reader's Army surplus kit we helped him save over 10 pounds of unnecessary weight.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Camp-Tek Microburst Mini Air Pump

What you didn't know you needed: A tiny fan for inflating your sleeping pad, freeing your mind to contemplate the alpenglow.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Sleep comfortably from -20° to 15°

2011 Editors' Choice Snow Award: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season Sleeping Pad

An inflatable sleeping pad that packs small but kept our tester warm down to -15°

Gear Review: Kelty Recluse 2.5i Sleeping Pad

This synthetic-insulated, mummy-shaped pad packs down to football size.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season Sleeping Pad

Tiny meets mighty in this shockingly warm and light pad.

Gear Review: Eureka Dualis Sleeping Pad

Do you toss and turn endlessly in your tent at night? Keep reading.

Gear Review: Klymit Inertia X-Frame

Is your sleeping pad from the Stone Age? Try upgrading to this Jetsons-worthy mattress.

How To Slideshow: Improvise An Ankle Brace

Sprained or broken ankles are the most common injury for hikers and backpackers. Here's how to deal.

How To Slideshow: Build A Backcountry Knee Splint

Your hiking buddy torqued their knee? This simple splint can prevent further injury and let you both limp home.

Gear Review: Pacific Outdoors Peak Elite AC

This pad delivers low weight and low cost, making no more grumpy mornings.

Gear Review: Exped SynMat UL 7

Stay warm and comfy with this insulated sleeping pad.

Gear Review: Cocoon Ultralight Air-Core Pillow

A compact pillow that inflates to 12x15".

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Pad

The Trekker is a more affordable descendant of the NeoAir, which won our Editors' Choice Award in 2009.

Editors' Choice 2011: Nemo Astro Insulated Sleeping Pad and Pillowtop

Upgrade your zzzzz's with this luxe and versatile system.

Couples Camping 101: Build a Cozy Lovenest

Comfort for a cozy backcountry couple

Gear Review: Exped MultiMat

An ultralight, waterproof mat that is handy for wet hikes, snow, rocky areas, and picnics.

Best of BACKPACKER: Time-Tested Gear

Over the years we've tested a lot of gear, and learned a lot of lessons.

Time-Tested Gear: Sleeping Bags and Pads

Many starry nights–and a handful of miserable ones–revealed the best bags and pads over the years.

Gear Review: Aerobed Pakmat Camping Air Mattress

If you're going to sleep in the frontcountry, you might as well spoil yourself.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solar Sleeping Pad

Give the gift of good sleep to your winter camper or mountaineer.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Gear News

iPad apps, backcountry beer, and the perfect tent.

Holiday Gift Guide

Want to find the ideal gift for every hiker on your list? No matter what your budget, we've got you covered.

Argon Update: Klymit Inertia X-Frame Sleeping Pad

Klymit creates revolutionary sleeping pad filled with argon gas.

Ultimate Backcountry Beds

For five months, we tested 50 bags, pads, and other snooze-related gear to find perfect sleep systems for every season.

Ultralight Bargain: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads

For warm summer nights, this two-pound system delivers sweet dreams for just $138.

Basecamp Luxury: Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pad, and Camp Pillows

Get all the comforts of home with this four-star setup.

Winter Warmth: Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Pads for Cold-weather Camping, Plus Tips for Easy Sleeping While Camping

Stay toasty in the deepest freeze with an overstuffed bag and cold-weather pad.

Three-Season Backcountry Sleeping Bags & Sleeping Pads

Get big comfort, low weight from a premium down bag and a super-cush pad.

Gear Review: Exped SIM Lite 2.5 Short Sleeping Pad

A shortie summer pad that offers surprising comfort for its size and weight.

Gear Review: Deuter Dream Lite 500 & Sea to Summit's Reactor Thermolite Sleeping Bag

A 40° mummy that disappears inside a pack.

Gear Review: NEMO Fillo Camping Pillow

An inflatable pillow that feels like the real thing.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad made for luxurious car camping.

Gear Review: Mountain Hardwear Pinole 20° & Big Agnes Cabin Creek Sleeping Bag

An affordable mummy bag that's super soft inside.

Gear Review: Big Agnes Dual Core Sleeping Pad & Klean Kanteen Classic Water Bottle

A winter warm sleeping pad that's also easily packable.

Gear Review: Sierra Designs BTU -20 Sleeping Bag and Mountain Hardwear Phantom 0&Deg;

An Arctic-worthy 800-fill down mummy.

Gear Review: NEMO Cosmo Air & Pacific Outdoor's Equipment's Peak Oyl Mtn Women's Petite Sleeping Pads

An extra wide and extra long sleeping pad with three inches of cushion.

Gear Review: Rab Neutrino 400 & Eureka! Riner 40°F Sleeping Bag

A premium down bag that masters three seasons.

Gear Guide 2010: Sleeping Pads

Get a good night's rest with these sleeping pads ready for any hard ground.

Gear Guide 2010: Sleeping Bags & Pads

Sleep tight in any season with these summer, three-season, and winter sleeping bags.

Toughest Gear: Therm-a-Rest Z-Rest Sleeping Pad

The perfect balance for a sleeping pad: warm, light, soft, and puncture-proof.

Gear Review: Grand Trunk Nano-7 Hammock

A super-comfy hang-able camp "chair"

Gear Review: Pacific Outdoor Equipment Ether Elite Sleeping Pad

A cushy sleeping pad for ultralighters

Gear Review: Mammut LightPump Mat

A luxurious mattress that insulates from the cold ground

Gear Review: Kelty Backpacker Sleeping Pad

An affordable and rugged self-inflating mattress

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Sleeping Bags, Pads, & Pillows

Five sleeping bags, two sleeping pads, and the cushiest pillow anywhere.

Gear Review: Exped SynMat Sleeping Pad

Comfortable for even the most sensitive backs.

Gear Review: Pacific Outdoor Hyper Elite Sleeping Pad

Don't let this pads appearance fool you, the combo of high and low tech materials combine for superior warmth and comfort.

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest Ventra Down Comforter and Fitted Sheet

This quilt/sheet combo covered a range of temperatures.

Sleep Easy: Find Your Perfect Gear

Whether you're looking to go ultralight or stay cool on a hot summer night, here's the gear that will help you sleep comfortably.

Sleep Better Now: Improve Your Backcountry ZZZ's

Our restless guinea pig snooze-tested the latest science and gear to bring you a simple plan that's guaranteed to improve your backcountry ZZZ's.

Gear Guide 2009: Sleeping Pads

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Winter Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Three-Season Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Summer Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Gear Guide 2009: Sleeping Bags

Your sleep is important to us. That's why we logged 250 nights under the stars, from Alaska to Wales, to bring you the 30 best bags of the year.

Editors' Choice Awards 2009

The best new gear. That's what earns our seal of approval, and only after months of hardcore testing. This year, we subjected dozens of products to heinous trail conditions from Alaska to Wales. In the end, 18 survived to take our top honor.

Gear Guide 2009: Big Agnes Cyclone SL Ultralight Chair Kit Review

Turn your sleeping pad into a comfy camp chair.

Gear Guide 2009: REI Lite Core 1.5 Sleeping Pad Review

You won't roll off of this foam, self-inflating pad.

Gear Guide 2009: Pacific Outdoor Peak Oyl Aero Mtn Sleeping Pad Review

This pad features Aspen Aero Gel for warmth and recycled PET nylon for green-ness.

Gear Guide 2009: NEMO Tuo Standard Sleeping Pad Review

This two-layered pad weighs a few more ounces, but it's worth it to get the sleeping-at-home feeling.

Gear Guide 2009: Eastern Mountain Sports Trail Pad Review

A simple pad with that's easier to pack than you might think.

Editors' Choice 2009: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad

Carry less, sleep more with this light-and-luxe mattress.

April 2009 Table of Contents - GEAR GUIDE



Review: Therm-a-Rest Comfort System

Tired of that foamy sleeping pad? Upgrade to this customized comfort system

Gear: Tents 101

There's a bewildering array of tent options available, including hundreds of three-season tents and specialized models built for hot deserts, Arctic summits, and steamy rain forests.

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