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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter/Summer, has come in handy Solid sleeping pad for an affordable price. I have used this sleeping bad during the winter, spring, and summer with no issues. It self inflates and with a few extra breaths it can be made more firm. I've also thrown this into my double hammock, an awkward fit, but prevented my backside from being cold. Doesn't pack down as small as I would like for backpacking, but that wasn't a surprise given the product description. Comes with stuff sac, but no compression. I tend to not use the sac b/c I end up rolling up the sleeping pad smaller than the stuff sac.
Date published: 2015-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pad for my buddy. The short pad is perfect for me. It saves a few unneeded ounces. It has held up very well. R-value is accurate. It is well worth the price. I have recently started hiking with a friend. He uses one as well.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love. Love. Love. I bought this when I knew I was going to spend a year doing a lot of camping and adventuring. Thanks to its thin and light build, I was able to squish it in to almost any packing arrangement (and, if all else failed, lash it to the side of my pack). It was easy to get inflated. I can fill the whole thing with only a few deep breaths, which made setting up camp quickly much easier. It's held up astoundingly through many rigours. It kept me surprisingly comfortable and warm through any variety of experiences.
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sleeping Pad! I have recently gotten back into backpacking and was looking to upgrade from the standard "roll of foam" I used as a sleeping pad in high school. Wow can you spend a lot of money on a sleeping pad! I ended up trying the Trail Scout because it was cost effective. I ended up keeping it because it was so comfortable! I first tried it on my concrete basement floor. Very nice ... I didn't "bottom out" in an places. On a recent two night trip I used the "L"ong version. Setup is easy ... open the air valve and lay it out. After a few minutes I added a few breaths to top it off and closed the air valve. The pad kept its full pressure all night. Very comfortable. The second night I ended up at a site that had a lot of roots that couldn't be avoided. Again the Trail Scout was very comfortable and it hid the roots and bumps. I slept very well all night long. I am 6'5" and the "L" size was perfectly long. No feet hanging over the edge. The pad rolled up and packed down nice. It doesn't seem very heavy in weight. Packed and traveled well. I was very impressed with this product. If you haven't tried an air pad yet ... look no further!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time Tested Favourite. I bought the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout last winter, and since then I have put this thing under some serious stresses. Its been a long time favourite of mine, and I'm proud to say that "I respect this pad" for its Warmth, Comfort, Functionality, and Cost. This pad is a true winner, especially if you are new to the game. It is an excellent series and hope to see them for years to come. The only thing I would say about this pad that I would say is opposing is if you are intending to sleep on the ground, Its material can be punctured quite easily.... however the repair side of things is a breeze. Gorilla Tape To Go sticks to this pad like no other, making it the easiest pad repair I have ever done.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trail Scout First of all, unpack when you get it, inflate, and let sit overnight. Then store it unrolled. Now, on to performance. The trail scout is one of the basic Thermarest sleeping pads, and it's well worth your money at around $50. It's comfortable, adjustable, and minimalists if not eliminates pressure points on my body. It provides good insulation from the ground, and is easy to use. It's easy to pack, and strap to just about any pack, as it rolls up pretty small. If you're camping on a budget, you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For the price, its Good.. Descent R-Value.. I haven't really tested it in very low temperatures (maybe 20-40 F) but its held up in that regard. Its very easy to inflate and deflate/pack up, virtually silent, slides a bit but good grip overall. The lift off the ground is not great and tough for side sleepers like myself. I found myself sleeping on my back more but overall harder to sleep comfortably. Weight is average to lighter.. Packed size is great for exterior backpacking but could be smaller. If you need a last minute pad or for a lighter person/child, grab this. Else I'd recommend "Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad with Pillow" from Costco which is a monopoly value.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still comes in a 3/4 length I used a 3/4 length trail scout for about 15 years of 2 or three backpacking trips a year. Sadly, on a Long Trail trip last year, the valve gave up the ghost, and rather than repair it, I decided to "upgrade" to a fluffier, more expensive, fancy pad. Which lasted about 4 weekends until the valve gave on it. So, just before a two week trip to New Mexico, I bought another 3/4 length Trail Scout. And wondered why I hadn't gone back in the first place. Things I love: - The outside isn't sticky, and it isn't slippery - it's just right, which means that if you're sleeping on an incline, you won't end up in the corner of your tent. - Packs up small. Not so small as an inflatable-only pad, but pretty darn small. - Actually has something inside. So, 10 years from now when this one gives up the ghost, I'll still be on some open-cell foam instead of on two sheets of mylar. - Comes in 3/4 length. I'm 5'8", so having to buy a 72" pad means that there's a whole lot more seam to possibly fail, and that more stuff to roll up. 3/4 length pads are great for the summer, because who needs padding for their feet? - Made in Seattle. USA! USA! USA! Things that are "Meh": - Another olive-colored bit of kit.
Date published: 2015-07-24
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Questions & Answers

I'm 5'8"... Just over the 66" length of most medium pads!  Would I be better off opting for a "long" fit?

Asked by: adh08
It depends on the season. I don't find the pad needs be nearly as long as I am tall because I usually have a pillow of some sort (pack or stuff sack full of clothing) under my head area. In Winter you might want the extra insulation full length.
Answered by: Pliny
Date published: 2017-10-21

Is there a repair kit for this mat?

Asked by: Vika
Yes, there is a repair kit. It is the Therm-a-Rest Permanent Home Sleeping Pad Repair Kit:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-08

The Therm-A-Rest Z-lite Sol has warnings that it contains chemicals known to the state of CA to cause cancer. Are there any such warnings on this pad?

Asked by: YamaSensei
To meet the flammability standard in California (CPAI-84), this sleeping pad is treated with a flame retardant chemical additive. The warning label is added to comply with California's Proposition 65. This proposition requires that any products that contain a chemical known to the state of California to potentially cause cancer or reproductive harm are required to be labeled with a warning to consumers. We require all our vendors to comply with all federal regulations but do not have specific chemical information for individual products. We encourage you to contact Therm-a-Rest for this information.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-21

Is the small size for children mainly?  I have a 8 year old daughter and I'm wondering if I should get her a size Small or a Medium.

Asked by: isis129
The small is 48" long, the medium is 66" long. The medium would be better for the average 8 year old.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-14

How does this pad fit into the Big Agnes Big Creek Dual Sleeping bag? I am 5'4", my husband is 6'. I was thinking about getting a medium and a regular-length.

Asked by: kjorck
Yes, the Trail Scout Sleeping Pads (20" wide) will work in the Big Creek double sleeping bag.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Is the stuff sack water proof?

Asked by: Bird up
The stuff sack for the Trail Scout Sleeping Pad is water resistant but not waterproof.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-01

Why does everyone keep calling this a "beginner" pad? When you compare this to the ProAir everybody loves so much the only difference I see is that in both regular sizes this one is 2oz heavier! Is there something missing???

Asked by: Earthygirl
It is the price point that makes Trail Scout Sleeping Pad a great choice for entry level camping and backpacking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-11
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