The best mattresses for hiking and car camping
Comfort, obviously, is very subjective, so we recruited over 20 outdoor-loving friends from a range of body types and sleeping styles to help us assess our towels and form a consensus on which towels were most comfortable for most people. We also asked our campers to rate how easy each cushion was to inflate and deflate, as well as how easy they were to roll, stuff and lug around. Our top picks excel at every job.
It’s been the first choice for weight-conscious backpackers for years. No other cushion is as light, warm and comfortable as this reliable air mattress.
* At the time of publication, the price was $ 144.
If you are short or sleep cold, the women’s version of the XLite has slightly smaller dimensions and a higher R-value for more insulation from the floor.
* At the time of publication, the price was $ 175.
We tested this 2½ inch thick airbag side by side with its closest competitors in deserts, mountains and snow, and found that no other cushion can beat its balance of weight, warmth and heat. comfort. The surface of the NeoAir XLite (which comes in Men’s and Women’s versions) is both soft and grippy. It is the size of a 1 liter Nalgene bottle. And its R-value of 3.2 means you can’t find a lighter pad this warm.
Quoting the Exped SynMat HLWith its super-firm surface and vertical baffles, side sleepers have found this hiking cushion more comfortable than any other. The SynMat HL is just as warm as our top pick, the NeoAir XLite, and only 0.3 ounces warmer. Still, that small difference in weight can matter for serious backpackers, and the SynMat HL, introduced by Exped in 2014, isn’t as proven as the NeoAir XLite.
The extra warm 3-inch-thick Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap is as comfortable as any similar cushion and is easier to inflate, deflate, roll up and store away.
* At the time of publication, the price was $ 110.
We took nine popular RV mats on two group camping trips and determined that the self-inflating system Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap was the best of the bunch. This 3 inch thick cushion contains extra foam where your body exerts more pressure, which improves comfort and helps prevent the common problem of bottoming out on a thin cushion. With an R-value of 6.8, it is more than twice as warm as high-end hiking towels. In our testing, it seemed to reject lint and dirt better than competing pads, thanks to its durable fabric, and its carry bag was pleasantly easy to store and transport.
If cost or durability is a major concern for you, the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol is the choice par excellence. This lightweight inch thick pillow is warm, durable and inexpensive. It’s no surprise that this pick isn’t as comfortable as any of our other picks. But should you ever decide to upgrade, the Z Lite Sol becomes a backup or loan pad that you can expect to take with you for decades to come.