We don’t put enough thought into our sleeping pads. Not only do they let us snooze soundly, they’re essential safety equipment too, keeping us warm on frigid nights. These three inflatables, insulated and not, are a great place to start. (Prefer a closed-cell foam pad? Check out the Editors’ Choice-winning Exped Flexmat Plus.)
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NEMO Flyer Sleeping Pad
Take all the advantages of a self-inflating pad—more back support from an increased amount of foam, better insulation, and easier setup—stuff them into a pad that packs down a little larger than a loaf of bread, and you have the Flyer. $119 Buy Now on REI / Buy Now on Amazon / Read the Full Review
Sierra Designs Shadow Mountain Pad
If you mostly camp in fair, warm weather, why pay for a mat with insulation you’ll never need? This rectangular pad (there is no mummy or semi-rectangular version) rolls down to the size of burrito and its 3 inches of thickness make it easy to fine-tune the firmness to precisely your liking. $80 Buy Now From Sierra Designs / Read the Full Review
Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Women’s Mat
Women’s sleeping bags address campers’ needs and preferences by using different silhouettes and details like overstuffed footboxes. But when it comes to the other half of the sleep system, most pads follow a standard unisex shape. This one is a rare exception. $140 Buy Now on REI / Read the Full Review