Best Sleeping Pads for Backpacking


Sleeping pads are one of the largest items you will bring with you while backpacking, but you should never come without them. A quality sleeping pad can make a huge difference to how comfortable you are at night, and you will want good sleep when you are spending all day hiking

See the best sleeping pads for backpacking below:

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite Ultralight Sleeping Pad

At 8.8oz, this ultralight sleeping pad is not only lightweight but comfortable. Made by one of the best sleeping pad brands, this sleeping pad will ensure that you have a good night’s sleep, but also minimal weight added and space taken up in your backpack. Just keep in mind that this sleeping pad has no insulation and is not best for below 32°F.

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad

Another great sleeping pad from Therm-a-Rest is the NeoAir Xlite. At 12oz it is super light but warmer than the NeoAir UberLite, so it is a great 3-season sleeping pad. It is a comfortable, warm, and supportive option from a quality brand.

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Nemo Switchback Foam Sleeping Pad

This foam sleeping pad is 14.5 oz, and much cheaper in price compared to the two first sleeping pads. It requires no inflation and since it is not filled with air it is more durable than the inflatable sleeping pads. However, it is not as comfortable in comparison.

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Sea to Summit Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Pad

At 1 Ib 1.3 oz, this sleeping pad is heavier than other options, but it is incredibly durable and supportive. It is very quick to inflate and deflate and is one of the more durable inflatable sleeping pads. Compared to the Therm-a Rest sleeping pads you are adding durability but also weight.

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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Deluxe Sleeping Pad

This sleeping pad is 1 Ib 2 oz and is one of the most supportive sleeping pads on this list. It has side rails to help you stay centered at night while you sleep and is very comfortable and thick. The main downside to this sleeping pad is that it is on the narrow side.

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