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Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Mattress Pad

Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Mattress PadThe Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Mattress Pad is a must-have for a good nights rest on the trail. The Trail Lite series is also available in a Women’s version with more padding around the feet and torso.

What We like:
First, it’s comfortable which is obviously the reason you’d take a mattress with you. There is nothing worse than trying to fall asleep with stones digging into your body. Also, it takes seconds to inflate (without causing you a massive headache) and seconds to deflate. Compared to the REI brand mattress pads, these are slimmer and pack down smaller which is a bonus if you’re packing one in the kayak. The Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is a nice accessory that packs down quite small. It’s better than rolling a bunch of clothes for a pillow and is really comfortable. The Trail Lite Stuff Sack is sold separately (EDIT: In 2011, it appears as though they are including stuff sacks with the purchase of a mattress pad) and isn’t a must-have but it’s good to keep your mattress in nice condition and it helps keep it packed at a small size.

The Final Word:
Don’t leave home without a Therm-a-rest. Your back will never forgive you otherwise.

Key Info:
Manufacturer: Cascade Designs
Material: Nylon w/polyethylene liner
Dimensions: 14″ x 13.5″ x 4.5″

Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite
Regular Specs:
Weight: 2lbs
Length: 72″
Thickness: 1.5″
Rolled: 21″ x 4.3″

Large Specs:
Weight: 2lbs 11oz
Length: 77″
Thickness: 1.5″
Rolled: 26″ x 4.6″

Women’s Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite
Weighs 1lb 15oz
Rolled: 21″ x 4.3″

Thermarest Compressible Pillow
Weighs 7oz
Rolled: 12″ x 16″
Material: Open Cell Foam Fill

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