Sleeping Pads » Thermarest Zlite

The most compact closed-cell pad.

° Compact: Accordion-style design lies flat and packs small.
° Ultralight: Light enough to carry on virtually any adventure.
° Warm: Egg-carton pattern enhances warmth and softness.

The perfect choice for chronic ounce-counters engaging in virtually any activity.

Weight 11 oz. (310g)
Rolled Size 20x4x5in. (51x10x13cm)
R-Value 2.2
Thickness 0.75 in. (2 cm)
Suggested $29.95

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Comments (9)

trail717November 24th, 2008 at 1:30 am

Light but bulky, I do use a section (one fold) to supplement a sunscreen when I go ‘light’. I also use the section as a ‘seat’ sometimes

chrisxFebruary 13th, 2009 at 10:42 am

not very comfortable

gator manFebruary 14th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Looks like shitty sleep

HeckboyMarch 20th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Can speak to the sleeping aspect, but when a companion broke both bones in his lower leg – this made a bitchin’ box splint!!

MikeFebruary 24th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I have always loved these things since I spent a week sleeping on one in the snow in NZ. They are warm, don’t pop, easier to fold than to roll, make a really comfortable seat anywhere, fold a dew times at the head for a pillow, and they are light as hell.

GlowBoyJune 23rd, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Makes a better sitting pad than sleeping pad IMO. The “egg-crate” bumps are hard enough — heck the foam itself is hard enough — that I don’t find the Z any more comfortable than the much lighter and smaller car sunshade. Maybe it would be more comfortable with a car sunshade laid over the top of it?

teddyAugust 6th, 2011 at 3:06 am

having slept on the floor for a very long time during my childhood, this is a dream when camping. I love this! i find airmattresses make my lower back super sore and i have no problems with this.

AndyOctober 6th, 2011 at 9:43 am

They can’t pop, they’re warm, they can make a seat in a few seconds (as opposed to busting out the thermarest,) and they work well in emergency situations (see heckboy’s box splint bit.) I’ve had mine for eight years or so and have used it from mountaineering to sitting around at concerts without a problem. Certainly it doesn’t pack as small as an inflatable, but sleeping in the heather on a super clear night is something that can’t be beat.

I will concede that they are bulky as all get out- it is almost always strapped awkwardly to my pack. I also find mine quite comfortable.

fritzOctober 8th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

To reduce the bulk factor, you can chop them in half and strap a section to each side of your pack. If you’re using the old fashioned roll-up kind, then wrap half around your bar bag and half on your pack, etc. If you feel the need to secure them back together, a couple pieces of velcro will do the trick. Chopping them also allows you to double up on your torso and use your shoes/pack for your feet.

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