Rated2out of5byBradley BfromDoes not self inflate.I've had a few ThermaRest pads before, so I know what to expect. I've taken this thing on about five backpacking trips so far. It simply does not self inflate. Just in case you're wondering: yes, I store it rolled out and not packed. This thing just doesn't self inflate. Rolling it up was a pain in the butt and it takes up quite a bit more space than the original packaging promised. I noticed that the previous person who complained about this pad not self inflating got a lot of 'thumbs down', but I can completely concur and had the exact same experience. I've had about four self inflating pads in the past -- this is the first that simply DOES NOT self inflate under any circumstances.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated1out of5byOn-leavefromReturned after one backpacking tripI've had Therm-a-rest pads for a number of years and decided to update. Unfortunately the durability of the new offering did not come close to what I have. This one has lightweight materials that got easily torn mid-way through a trip. I'm going back to my old Therm-a-rest pads.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated4out of5byNWTrailBumfromTAR continues to deliverI've owned TAR sleeping pads since the '80s. I was looking for a lightweight pad for backpacking and the 3/4 prolite delivers. I'm a side sleeper but still get a good night's sleep.
The only con is that this pad doesn't self inflate as quickly as some of the older models.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated5out of5byDrob631fromSatisfaction all aroundPacks very small. Easy to inflate. Perfect for self supported bicycle touring. Product represents as advertised. Fast delivery
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated4out of5byOregonicfromUltra SmartI bought the Prolite XS size for my toddler as their first camping pad. My Full-length leaked so I "borrowed" my child's Prolite for a short trek and was so impressed that I decided to purchase one for myself as an ultralight alternative. It's the perfect length for sacrum-to-shoulders padding/insulation keeping your torso/core padded and insulated. I throw some clothing into the stuff sack for a decent neck pillow and place my ultralight pack under my knees as a bolster and insulation from the ground.
I wish more pads came in this size/configuration. For the weight, cost and pack size, I think this is the most comfortable option available for the ultralight backpacker. I prefer it to the z-pads in comfort. The Exped Downmat UL comes in an XS size as well, but at ~3-4x the cost, the Prolite XS works for me.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated3out of5byMcCrazefromLight weight, but didn't self inflate.Had high hopes... didn't self inflate. As a matter of fact, when manually inflated, it pushed the air back out! I'm guessing the memory foam memorized 'flat' from being stored so long. I left it out and unfolded at home for literally 7 days... nothing.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated4out of5byDesert HikingfromFinally a pad that's worth it!I'm that guy who has always refused to invest in a nice sleeping pad. I've never thought that the added comfort was worth the money, space, and weight. In the past, I've only packed in one of the cheap blue foam mats if I knew temperatures were going to drop pretty low.
Well, my last trip was going to be pretty chilly and I found a good deal on the Pro-lite small. It packs down tiny and added way more comfort than I was expecting. I found a way to strap it to the outside of my pack so it took up no extra room. I've been converted.
Date published: 2012-11-19
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Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad Customer Reviews