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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive
A look back at the sleeping bags and pads we've loved for years that's still at the top of its class.
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite
Talk to any one of our staffers, and chances are the first sleeping pad they ever used was this closed-cell foam model—and they probably still have it. It’s lightweight, affordable, folds up for easy packing, never fails, and works great as either a minimalist summer pad or extra insulation during the winter. $40; 14 oz.; 20”x72”x.75”; cascadedesigns.com