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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Undeniably practical gear This pad is warm. I have slept on it in temperatures down into the twenties, and never felt any cold seeping through from the ground. I have used one of these as my sole pad for three weeks on hard-pack lakebed, and it was pretty comfortable. It isn't glamorous, it isn't sexy, it makes a very big roll that must be strapped to the outside of my pack, but it is warm and durable. I have two of these (two of them perfectly line the floor of an REI Half Dome tent on car camping trips), and I expect I will be using both for years to come. I love the comfort of my inflatable pad, but I don't worry about anything with the foam pad.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect when cut down and light weight. I cut this into a torso lengh pad to get the perfect size for me. This wouldn't be possible with an inflatable. Site selection is key to sleep comfortably on this. If you're sleeping on rocks... yeah, this is not comfy. If you're sleeping on duff and carve out a dip in the ground for your rear then this is perfect. I roll this up and put it sideways in my pack for internal pack support and then pack my items inside the sleeping pad roll. This packing method works perfectly for me and gives extra support in my frameless pack. After about 2 years of use the reflective coating is showing some signs of wear.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silver side wears off quickly! This pad has a silver side and a green side, the silver side appears to be simply a spray on coating. I think the foam pad is great but the silver side of both my RidgeRests is wearing off very quickly. I don't think either were ever as silver as this picture makes out either. We go camping once a month with our troop and use these pads about 1/2 the time but after only a few campouts I noticed the silver seems to be wearing away so now there's more green than silver showing. I would suggest getting the cheaper green on both sides Therm-a-Rest pad and making a thermal barrier with water heater wrap for thermal reflection if you want to increase the R value.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly Effective in Hammock I bought the RidgeRest SOLite a few months back and tested it out in my Hennessy Hammock over a weekend trip in the Ouachita Mountains. Temps dropped to the low 40s and with this pad and a 35 degree bag, I was able to stay toasty warm. I have the regular size (I'm 6'0" 210) and believe the large would be a better fit for a hammock with the extra width for your shoulders. I did have a little trouble getting the pad to stay flat at first, but once I laid on it for a while it actually contoured to my body. I was pleasantly surprised how effective it was in a hammock
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No More Cold Ground This won't make the ground soft, especially in Arizona where the dirt is like sleeping on rock, but it will make the ground warmer. This pad is bulky but lightweight and does a great job of reflecting your body heat back up at you just as advertised. It'd be fine for backpacking if you aren't too concerned with the size of things that are being strapped to your pack. Find a light length of cloth or rope to tie this thing up for storage and transport. If you're car camping and want a softer bed look into cheap egg crate foam as an added layer.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what its supposed to be First off I have both the solite and the regular model. Both solid gear choices. Indestructible pads allowing to be your seat or sleeping pad. Obviously this product was not meant for comfort. I am a minimalist backpacker who is comfort driven. This pad is good enough for the tough guys and gals. Now that I have been packing for 8 years constantly improving gear to lighter and more comfort I find myself still buying these pads. I have slept many nights on snow and glacier ice with just the one pad, which was enough insulation from the icy floor. However now I am doing monster miles each day so I need to have extremely deep sleeping, which one these pads I do catch myself tossing and turning but I never EVER get cold.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! I absolutely love this pad! for how light it is, and not being inflatable, it is incredibly comfy and warm. looking at other reviews, it is a little bulky, but extremely lightweight. to save it from being torn up on the outside of a pack, I just saved the plastic wrap that it came in to protect it, it has worked out well. it is also very warm, but not in a bad way, I thought it would get so hot it would be uncomfortable, but it was just right on a 50 degree night with just a little lap blanket. it is 100% better than those "standard blue" foam pads.
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pad! My dad and I both bought these pads more than 6 years ago and they have held up very well! Mine has a little nick, but that was my own doing. I have used this pad on every campout and it has kept me warm and dry. I recently brought this to Philmont with me for 12 days and I rolled it up and attached it to my pack. It was super light, very comfortable and warm and I put the crew TP inside of it for quick access. I am returning to Philmont this summer and am bringing this great pad with me!
Date published: 2014-04-16
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Questions & Answers

Would using two of these sleeping pads at once help with comfort? Or would it just be overkill?

Asked by: T Adams
Using 2 pads doubles the R value to 5.6 which in practice is usually sufficient for use in very cold situations (e.g. winter camping). It also doubles the weight of course, but these pads are very light. As to comfort, two are noticably more comfortable than one. Many years ago when I began using them I found one was quite adequate except in very cold situations (i.e. below freezing). Now as an old guy, far past 60 and with arthritic joints, I find two pads to my liking.
Answered by: MBR47
Date published: 2018-01-16

I have the Thermarest neoair xlite, will using it in conjunction with this add enough R value to make up for a sleeping bag w/o a thick backing?

Asked by: mountainsara
This pad paired with the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite will provide a good insulating barrier from the ground to keep you warm.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-18

My daughter has a laytex allergy. This includes rubber foams.  does the silver coating make this safe for her? I also plan on using this with a Big Agnes Lulu so it would be tucked in the sleeping pad compartment.

Asked by: Papa Bear
​These sleeping pad is 100% latex free. The manufacturer cannot confirm with certainty if any sort of rubbers were used in the construction.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-02

Back when I was a boy scout (30+ years ago) we had pads that didn't reach our feet and that was considered good enough to keep us warm. Is that thinking still prevalent today? At 6'2'' could I get away with the small size?

Asked by: ElliottFamily
Yes, if you are trying to save weight and possibly space in your pack, the SOlite short-size will reduce the cold coming from the ground but your feet will be off of the pad and will potentially get cold. If you have the pack-space and don't mind a slight weight increase, the longer size will fit your height and insulate your feet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-02

How compact is this model rolled up and does it make a good choice for fitting on the outside of an ultralight backpack?

Asked by: Hiker3977
The regular sized pad measures 8 x 20 inches when packed. This is an excellent choice for ultralight backpacking as it is one of the lightest sleeping pads we carry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

I am looking for a wide pad, but regular length (I'm 5 feet 6 inches). Is this sleeping pad easy to cut, or will it shorten its life span?

Asked by: Johanna
This pad is fairly easy to cut. You might want to use duct tape over the newly cut end simply to prevent abrasion and peeling.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-12

To whomever is reading this, Would you rather sleep on this pad or the z-lite sol for six months? I've heard good things about both and cannot make a decision between the two for the AT.

Asked by: Sizemore
Based on customer feedback, most find the Z-Lite Sol more comfortable to sleep on.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-09

I've got a Helinox CotLite. I'm thinking of using this pad, or a Climashield Apex underquilt as insulation for the cot. Any advice on which would be more practical?

Asked by: BorealArcher
The quilt versus sleeping pad debate is ongoing when determining the best insulation layer for cots and hammocks. Sleeping pads are more practical because they are rigid and will perform well if you end up in a sleeping bag on the floor. You could choose either the quilt or sleeping pad option for use with a cot.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-30
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