Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking in 2019

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.

BEST SLEEPING PADS FOR BACKPACKING IN 2019

Inflating, deflating, punctures and heavy loads, there’s a lot that goes into finding the best sleeping pad for backpacking. There’s nothing worse than sleeping on the cold ground after your sleeping pad has slowly deflated all night. But there’s nothing better than waking up after a good night’s sleep at camp without the aches and pains and your pad still intact.

To help you find the best sleeping pad for your next adventure, we rounded up a list of the best options that are lightweight, warm and durable enough to stand up to a multi-day trek.

Ready to get out there? Here are the best sleeping pads for backpacking in 2019.

Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1 pound
  • R Value: 2.4
  • Thickness: 1 inch

Although there have been many advances in sleeping pad technology since this model came out, the Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad still holds up as one of the best sleeping pads for backpacking in 2019. My choice and go-to sleeping pad for multi-day hikes, I like that it has a smooth texture with no bumps or baffles. it’s a little on the bulky side when in the stuff sack but packs down well enough to come along for the ride. It’s a warm, lightweight and durable choice for your next outdoor adventure.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.


NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Thickness: 3 inches

Another favorite of mine, the NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad is a lightweight, insulated sleeping pad that’s easy to store and pack while you’re backpacking. It’s got insulated layers to fend off cold but it’ll do you well to bring along extra padding if you’re camping during the winter. It packs down much smaller than the Therm-a-rest ProLite and the valve makes it quick to inflate and deflate.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.


Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1 pound
  • R-Value: 3.3
  • Thickness: 2 inches

The Sea to Summit Ultralight Sleeping Pad is one of the best and most well-reviewed sleeping pads for 2019. It’s a lightweight and durable pad that’s easy to transport in and out of the carry bag. There’s a built-in air pump that’s integrated into the bottom of the stuff sack, meaning way less time (and let’s be honest, frustration) when inflating your pad. As a bonus, the pad has an anti-microbial coating that keeps any nastiness from building up overtime.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.

 

 

 


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 8.8 oz-1 pound
  • R-Value: 2.0
  • Thickness: 2 inches

This is the lightest inflatable sleeping pad ever made by Therm-a-rest. At 8.8 ounces, it’s built for summer thru-hikers who don’t want to lug a heavy pad but still have all the comfort of one. Therm-a-rest reduced insulation and material to cut weight, which means it’s not as warm or durable as the Pro-Lite, but as long as you’re careful with it, this is a great pad for you ultralight hikers. The mummy shape also allows it to save space in your pack and in your tent.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.


Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • R Value: 4.4
  • Thickness: 2.5 inches

Klymit’s Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad is one of the best sleeping pads for 2019 because of its rectangular shape, plus, a strategic v-chamber designed to trap heat and minimize back pain and pressure. Coming in just shy of two pounds, it’s still lightweight enough to qualify as an ultralight backpacking sleeping pad with enough insulation to last through 3 out of 4 seasons.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 12 oz (Regular); 1 lb (Large)
  • R Value: 3.2
  • Thickness: 2.5 inches

Overall, Therm-a-Rest seems to have the market cornered when it comes to warmth and lightness, making them one of the best brands making sleeping pads for backpacking in 2019. Their Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite is no different and has rave reviews from many users online who loves how well its keeps you warm and how easy it is to inflate. Plus, the mummy shape means you can shave off a few ounces on your next ultralight backpacking trip.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.


Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • R Value: 5
  • Thickness: 2.5 inches

If you’re willing to carry a little extra weight for a ton of comfort then you’ll want to go for the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Sleeping Pad. As the name implies, it’s got extra cush in the form of vertical and horizontal air-sprung cells in what they call, a dual-layer construction. Not only is this great for warding off the cold and keeping you even on rocky terrain, but a nice soft pad for side sleepers as well. It has a reputation of being slightly noisy, so if you toss and turn or camp with others, keep this in mind. However, level of softness and comfort is a means to an end for many, which is what earned it great reviews and makes it one of the best sleeping pads for backpacking in 2019.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.


Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad

  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Thickness: 3.5 inches

The best budget-friendly sleeping pad for backpacking (and of 2019) comes in at just $99 for a regular size. The Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad has a synthetic insulation for warmth and is relatively thick at 3.5 inches. It gets you plenty of bang for your buck with a tear-proof, anti-microbial coating and fast, easy inflation.

Read our list of 2019’s best sleeping pads for backpacking, comparing temperature rating, weight & comfort.

 

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