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REI Lite-Core 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad

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Travel light and sleep comfortably—weighing less than 2 pounds, our ultracompact pad takes up precious little space in your pack.

  • X-Core foam insulation is cross-cored for maximum compressibility and weight reduction
  • Quick-closing, high-volume airflow valve allows the pad to inflate and deflate quickly
  • Rugged Taslan® nylon diamond-ripstop top surface has a nonslip texture; 75-denier polyester bottom surface resists wear
  • Grippy silicone pattern on upper surface helps keep sleeping bag from sliding off pad
  • Low-volume, tapered, mummy-shape design increases efficiency and compressibility
  • R-Value equals 3.2
  • Stuff sack (included) protects pad during transport and ensures a compact parcel every time


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REI Lite-Core 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad Specs
Best use
Open-cell foam
5.5 x 10.75 / 4.7 x 10.75 inches
72 / 48 inches
20 inches
1.5 inches
72 x 20 x 1.5 / 48 x 20 x 1.5 inches
183 x 51 x 4 / 122 x 51 x 4 centimeters
27 / 18 ounces
0.77 / 0.51 kilograms
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Repair kit included
Stuff sack included
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REI Lite-Core 1.5 Self-Inflating Pad

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REI Lite-Core 1.5 Self-Inflating Padis rated4.5out of5by8.
Rated4out of5byfromWorked just FineI have taken this sleeping pad out on a few backpacking trips and it has worked just fine. Easy to inflate and keeps my torso and hips off the ground. It is also quite comfy with the cushion it provides without having an air bubble that moves when you do. On a cold night I put some clothes under my legs and I am all set. The only issue for some might be that it is "difficult" to pack as it is an awkward fit inside the pack. That is one of the primary benefits to the foam pads (such as the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite) as they are intended to be strapped to the outside of the pack.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated2out of5byfromDon't buy thisWhen I first got this pad I loved it the first couple times I used it. The only problem is it only lasted the first couple times I used it. After that it deflated sometime during the night every time. I know I took good enough care of it that it should not have punctured that early on. I am exchanging mine and getting a different product.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated5out of5byfromthe best of the bestSince i bought my sleeping pad i have use it 2 times, it has been great no problems at all, highly recommend.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated5out of5byfromVery satisfiedI have used this on two weekend backpacking trips. This weekend I used this and a 35+ bag in 35 degree weather, wore midweight polartec long johns, and was very toasty. I have heard people say that it slips, and I'm not sure how that happens. I guess I would first recommend flat ground to sleep on, but this pad does have some traction with the shiney rings on the yellow side. I have the short version which is 2/3 of the weight of the regular. I would definitely recommend the shortie, as your feet will not be pushing on the ground very hard, and I put some softer things under my feet at the bottom of the pad (stuff sacks, dirty socks, could use your backpack if you're really worried). It is very easy to use, inflate, deflate, and pack. It's light weight, and appears to be durable, although can't say for sure since I have only used it a couple times. I also haven't used it in really cold weather, but with an R value of 3.2, it's very effecient for a 1.5 inch pad.
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated5out of5byfromthis sleeping pad is the bestAny complaints about this sleeping pad, then you have never used one, this is one of the best pads out there, easy to inflate and deflate. I would recommend it to everyone and the price can't beat it
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated5out of5byfromLight and ComfortableI've used the short Lite-Core 1.5 on several trips and I've always been pleased with how comfortably I slept. This pad is relatively inexpensive, but that doesn't mean it's cheaply made. Like all REI products that I've used, this one proves to be a trailworthy and useful item. To the reviewers who experience poor self inflation, try leaving the valve open and laying the pad flat when it is stored between trips. I put mine under my bed. Avoid having the pad compressed unless it's in your pack and you're on the move.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated5out of5byfromNo Major ComplaintsI bought mine used at an REI garage sale, but I didn't use it a whole lot because I had a much more expensive pad that was my go-to for backpacking. Somewhere along the line I tested out the Lite-Core on an overnight and was surprised that not only was it just as comfortable as my much more expensive pad, but it was a much quicker setup as well. I've used the pad on and off now for well over a year with no problems. I recently took it on a 3 1/2 week camping trip through some western national parks, and it held up well. After that, I used it on the Art Loeb trail in the NC mountains. I had strapped the Core-Lite to the bottom of my pack, and I found myself bushwhacking through briars! I was afraid my pad would be Swiss cheese! That night, I inflated it easily with no holes. I slept comfortably all night long. I have used and abused this pad, and I have had none of the problems other folks are reporting. Maybe I just got a really good one? I don't know. All I can say is that this is now my go to pad, and you can't beat the price! The only downside is that this really isn't for the serious ultra-light gear hound, but for the price, you can't really expect that, can you?
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated5out of5byfromlight weight and great cushioningHiked around the Three Sister's Wilderness area for 6 days, my son and I slept well at night with this light weight pad. Since it was Summer, I don't know what the insulation factor will be for Winter camping, but assume it will work well.
Date published: 2012-09-04

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