Showing results for 
Show  only  | Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Welcome REI Co-op Members!
We're glad you're here. If you can't access the Co-op Members section of the community,
click here for instructions on how to join the section that's just for you.

Camping Pad for Side Sleeper


My hip bone always has contact with the surface I’m on with the sleeping pad I already have.

Is there a combo suggestion you may have? Also open to recommendations on buying a new pad (petite versions are a plus!)


2 Replies

@Sam326159487 What pad do you have now?  Is this for car camping or backpacking?  Generally inflatable pads work better for side sleepers.  Thicker and wider is generally more comfortable that narrower and thinner but there are tradeoffs with weight and how easy it is to inflate.

Personally for backpacking I have a Thermarest X-lite and that is probably one of the most popular pads for backpacking.  I have the regular size but they now make a regular wide.  For some reason REI does not currently sell the X-lite except the womens which is a bit shorter and warmer (higher R Value) then the regular size.

ThermarestX-light also comes in a small which is torso length for larger people but might suit you if you want something smaller and lighter.

You can always something like a Z-Rest Sol under the inflatable and that might be something worth trying with your current pad depending what it is.

and this is often done for snow camping to get a higher R rating or even in the desert to protect inflatables from thorns.

For car camping there are more comfortable pads ...


Hi @Sam326159487 ! 

@OldGuyot has some excellent suggestions. My personal favorite pad for side sleeping is the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad. I've used this in fall temps, summer, and even on the floor at my friends' houses. It's easy to inflate with the included pumpsack,and comes with patches in case of holes. 

Big Agnes also sells different versions of their inflatable pads which are better suited for warm temps, or are slightly lighter; at any rate, many come in petite sizes as well.

In cold weather, I would definitely pair the pad with a closed-cell pad like the Z-Sol as mentioned. 

Happy camping!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.