If you are preparing for camping in areas where low temperatures are expected, you might want to check this list with best cold weather sleeping pads, all top-notch products from renown brands.
The term cold weather may imply a variety of low temperatures, and this is why the list includes the pads from a rather wide R-value range, roughly from 4 up to 11. This means that the pads are for all seasons and all climates. For extremely low temperatures you should go for the highest possible R-value.
My list of best sleeping pads for cold weather
The pads are listed here according to their R-value, from lower to higher:
Note that some of the pads here in the list are lightweight and backpack portable, so these are versatile pads, but quite generally their R-value is lower. Those with higher R-values are for car camping and they are suitable to be used as basecamp pads.
You have two generally different types of pads here:
- Inflatable pads. These pads usually packs to a really small size and this is what makes them backpack-portable. They are usually lighter.
- Self-inflating pads. This implies that you have an open-cell foam inside that, when decompressed, sucks the air in.
1. Klymit Static V Luxe Insulated Sleeping Pad
This is a very luxurious single pad, insulated and with 4.4 R-value. The inner insulation is synthetic Primaloft Eco, lightweight and compressible, and they claim that it includes 60% of the recycled materials. Such an insulation is known for not absorbing water, it dries quickly and it retains its insulation even if it becomes wet.
The word Luxe in the name describes it great length and width, so if you are a tall guy, this is a pad for you. This is one the mentioned inflatable pads so its packed size is incredibly small. Such a design makes it far more versatile than most of the pads on the list.
2. Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping Pad
This is one of the celebrated Klymit’s sleeping pads with the recognizable V-shaped air chambers. It is essentially a double-size version of the previous pad from this brand shown above. The R-value is 4.4. So this is again a 4-season pad with the Klymit’s Body Mapping technology. It is incredibly comfortable and suitable for couples and for solo use as well.
You might want to know that this is an award-winning design and technology so nothing can go wrong with such a pad. Note that its stuff sack doubles as an air pump. It is with an integrated one-way valve that plugs in the inflation flat valve with a gasket on the pad. So you just roll and press the bag and this will inflate the pad. In such a way you avoid moisture accumulating in the pad (which may happen if you blow the air from your lungs). They build it in one size only, and it is not particularly long.
3. TETON Sports ComfortLite Sleeping Pad
This TETON Sports ComfortLite Sleeping Pad is insulated and self-inflating. Note that it is built in three different sizes. Its official R-value is in the range 4.4-5.9 and this is dependent on the size.
A great feature here is a Velcro strap on the sides so you can attach it to other pads of this type and create a large continuous sleeping area. You have a carry bag included. The regular size weighs 3.6 lb (1.6 kg), this makes it a bit heavy to carry in the pack. You will want to know also that it is also very affordable.
4. Exped SynMat Mega 12
This is a pad lightweight enough to be carried in the backpack for not long distances. The pad is an inflatable type, suitable for 4 seasons. As an inflatable pad, it packs to a much smaller size than the other Exped models given here. Its R-value is 5.3. The number 12 in the name is the thickness in centimeters, so this is one of the thickest pad here on the list.
They build it 4 different sizes, so you can choose a proper size for you and your family members or your partner. The pad is presented in detail in my separate review so please check the link below for more.
5. Klymit Self-Inflate V Sleeping Pad
This sleeping pad is a self-inflating type, and it still has the V shape baffles in the design typical for this brand, although not as prominent as in their other pads. The pad is insulated and you have 5.3 R-value which is roughly equivalent to the temperature rating of -4 F (-20 C). So this is a sleeping pad for all seasons.
The shell is 30D stretch polyester on the top and 75D polyester on the bottom. The pad weighs 2.9 lb (1300 g) so it is quite lightweight for an insulated pad and it is backpack portable.
6. ALPS Mountaineering Apex Self-Inflating Air Pad
This ALPS Mountaineering Apex Self-Inflating Air Pad comes with an R-value of 6.9 and it is built in three different sizes. The regular size pad weighs 4 lb 14 oz (2.2 kg), and its packed size is 22.5 x 9 inches (57 x 23 cm). So this is not a pad to be carried on the trail.
With its two brass valves, this is an easy to use 4-season pad. It is 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick so this might be good enough even if you are a side sleeper. I have added it also to my list of best self-inflating camping pads.
7. ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Self-Inflating Double Air Pad
This is a quite unique pad here in the list because it is a double sleeping pad that can be split into two separate single pads, or you can simply fold it and use as a very thick solo pad. This is because of a hook and loop Velcro connection that runs in the middle.
The official R-value is 6.9 so you can use it in all seasons, and when you fold it, the R-value is higher by a factor 2 so you can use it in the harshest conditions as a solo pad. The pad weighs 9 lb 7 oz (4.28 kg) so it is most suitable for car camping.
8. Big Agnes Hinman Double Wide sleeping pad
This Hinman Double Wide pad is built in several sizes, just to know if you buy them for family members. This Double Wide is designed to work with doublewide sleeping bags from the same brand, this may be important to know so that you can order them together. The pad is very stable and it does not shake when you move on it, this makes it a great choice for couples, you will not be disturbed too much when your partner moves on the pads.
The R-value is roughly in the range 6 – 7, so it is suitable for all seasons. With its 78 x 50 inches dimensions, this sleeping pad delivers optimal comfort. Its 2.5 inches thickness may not look too much, but this is a high-density solid foam that offers great insulation and comfort.
The exterior is PU-coated polyester for better water resistance. It is a very quiet material, you might want to know if you are very sensitive. The weight is 114 oz (3.23 kg).
9. Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
This BaseCamp sleeping pad is with the R-value 5.8. Its open-cell foam inside gives you good insulation. So the pad is suitable for all seasons. It is light enough to be carried on shorter trails, its R size weighs only 2 lb 8 oz (1.14 kg). Obviously, it is much lighter than most of the pads here in the list and this is a versatile pad.
They build it in three sizes and this is always good to know so you can find your best fit. As the name suggests, this is a self-inflating type. You might want to know also that it is very affordable for such a type and for such a top brand.
10. Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map sleeping pad
This pad is built in three sizes, R, L, and XL, so you have enough options to choose from. It is self-inflating and insulated, with an R-value of 6.8. So it is in the medium range and warm enough for almost any weather.
The materials are 50D polyester knit on the top and 75D polyester on the bottom. The core foam is urethane. The stand out feature here is the Pressure Mapping system used to provide an optimal support where it is most needed, so something similar to what you have in the Klymit pads.
The meaning of this is that they measure the pressure created by the body in various sleeping positions, and introduce an innovative die-cut foam to provide comfort and support at the right places. As a result, you have a more even and supportive sleep surface. My guess is this is the origin of the word Map in the name of this pad.
11. NEMO Roamer Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
This pad is built in two sizes and they both are 4 inches (10.2 cm) thick. So this is an incredibly comfortable sleeping pad, great even for side sleepers. The pad is self-inflating and this means with a foam inside which provides insulation, the temperature rating for this pad is -30 F (-34 C) and this should be around 7.5 R-value. So this is a pad for all seasons.
The larger version (XLW) is with the dimensions 80 x 30 inches (203 x 76 cm) so it is suitable even for very tall people. It weighs 5 lb 4 oz (2.38 kg) and it is surprisingly well packable. Please follow the link to my full review.
12. QOMOTOP Ultra Thick Self-Inflating Camping Mattress
This QOMOTOP Ultra Thick Self-Inflating Camping Mattress is here because of its 9.5 R-value. This is a double-size pad and comfortable even for side sleepers with its 4 inches (10 cm) foam.
As the name tells you, this is a self-inflating pad, and its stuff sack doubles as an inflation sack in the case you need to blow more air in. It weighs 13.6 lb (6.2 kg), and its dimensions are 80 x 52 inches (203 x 132 cm).
13. Exped MegaMat Outfitter 10 LXW
This is a very popular and award-winning camping pad, a great option for side and stomach sleepers. This is definitely one of the most comfortable pads on the market. It is insulated and its R-value is impressive 9.5, one of the highest in the list.
The weight is 6 lb 15.5 oz (3.16 kg). Its particular distinction is comfort because it is 3.9 inches (9.9 cm) thick.
14. Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Sleeping Pad
This pad comes with an impressive R-value of 9.5, so this is suitable for the most severe conditions. As the name suggests, this is a double-wide pad suitable for couples, for a mother with a child, or simply for a solo use if you have space and want comfort.
Note also that this is a very thick pad, the number 10 describes its thickness, so you have 10 cm of an open cell PU foam, which is Oekotex 100 certified.
The pad comes packed in a smart-pack sack with a height-adjustable roll-top and with carrying strap so you can carry it also attached to your shoulder. You also have a Mini Pump included. The weight is 163.3 oz (4.63 kg).
15. WELLAX UltraThick FlexFoam Sleeping Pad
This WELLAX UltraThick FlexFoam Sleeping Pad is a 4-season pad that comes with a memory foam, and its official R-value is 9.6. This makes it suitable for any weather conditions.
Note that it is heavy, it weighs 7 lb (3.18 kg), so this is for car camping. It is comfortable and 3 inches (7.6 cm) thick. The fabric is a quiet ripstop, and you have two brass valves. It has an integrated self-inflating headrest that inflates together with the rest of the pad. You will want to know that it is very affordable.
16. Lightspeed Outdoors XL Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
This pad is with a huge official R-value of 9.66, suitable for all weather conditions. It weighs 6 lb (2.72 kg) so it is too heavy to be carried on the trail. It is self-inflating and with an integrated headrest visible in the picture above.
This is also a very popular camping pad, and for all the good reasons, you will want to know that it is very affordable. A carry bag is included. It is wide and long, the dimensions are 77 x 30 inches (196 x 76 cm).
17. Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Mattress
This DreamTime pad is a three-component system which includes the following elements:
- A memory foam layer.
- A self-inflating core pad.
- On the outside, you have a removable and machine-washable microfiber cover.
- Connect Two system.
Its R-value is 10, one of the highest here in the list. So this is an insulated pad for all weather conditions. They build it in two sizes, and they are both great, Large and Extra Large.
The materials are durable, so you have 75D polyester on both sides. The foam is urethane. If you are puzzled by the side straps which you can see in the picture, this is the Connect Two system, to mate it with another DreamTime mattress for a double-wide configuration.
18. Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D Self-Inflating Foam Camping Air Mattress
This is an insulated sleeping pad suitable for all seasons, and with an impressive R-value 11.4 that makes it a pad for all weather conditions. It is built in two sizes and they both are big.
The fabric is a very soft and pleasant 75D reverse diamond polyester on the top and the same durability polyester is on the bottom. The inside foam is urethane, and you might want to know that the pad is built in the USA. Much more is available in my separate review, please follow the link below.
How to choose your cold weather sleeping pad
If you are not familiar with this industry, you might want to know that the pads in the list include some of the best-known brands in the world. So you have plenty of options and they all are great.
Because this is about protection from the cold ground, the main criterion is the R-value of course. This is quite related to the weight so make sure that you choose what suits you best. If you need a backpack-portable pad you will choose some of the inflatable pads, but you have noticed that even among self-inflating pads there are a few that are surprisingly light.
But if you expect extremely low temperatures, then the choice is easy, you have to go for a very high R-value, no matter what the weight is. It is best to test such a pad in controlled conditions, to avoid unpleasant surprises when it may be late.
No matter which of these pads you choose, make sure that you have a low-temperature sleeping bag to match. Both components of your sleeping gear must be with an appropriate temperature rating.
Now, the R-value is a convenient way of giving the temperature rating for pads, but sleeping bags rating is always in a temperature scale. There is a (very rough) correspondence between the two given in the table, so this can help if you want to match the pad and a sleeping bag.
|R-Value||Temperature F||Temperature C|
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