Best Sleeping Pad

A good sleeping pad will make your sleep more comfortable and keep you warmer at night.

Recommended Sleeping Pads

Name Type Shape Comments
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMAP

Car Camping Rectangular
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm

Backpacking Rectangular Best Insulation per ounce
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Solite

Backpacking Rectangular Best Value

Even if you are sleeping in a sleeping bag in a tent the ground is much harder than what you usually sleep on, which will make it difficult to get a good nights rest.  A sleeping pad will smooth out the uneven hard surface and make your sleep more comfortable.

One of the main methods of heat loss from a sleeping bag is conduction of heat from your body and through the sleeping bag to the ground.  A sleeping pad adds a layer of insulation to this heat path which keeps you warmer at night.