If you are preparing for your outdoor adventure and need a sleeping pad, you might want to check this list with best inflatable sleeping pads, some with truly unique features, most of them ultralight and ultra-packable.
My list of best inflatable sleeping pads
Here are all the pads ordered alphabetically, so the numbers are only for navigation and this is not ranking:
As you see from the names in the list, those are only top-notch sleeping pads and from renown brands, quality and reliable products. You need this with the outdoor items of this type; remember that these are all inflatable constructions and it is essential that they keep you off the ground.
Regarding the size, you will find here:
- Sleeping pads for solo use.
- Double-wide sleeping pads. This type may save the weight if you are on a tour with a partner. A double-wide pad may weigh less than two solo pads.
Regarding the seasons & climate you have:
- 3-Season pads.
- Insulated sleeping pads for all seasons. In this group you have the pads with synthetic and down insulation.
Regarding the shape and materials, most of the pads in the list are rectangular or close to this shape. But if you need a tapered profile that fits the floor of such tapered tents, you will find it here. There are some incredibly durable models here, you will see one armored pad, yes you are reading correctly.
Note that all of them are presented in detail in my separate texts, here I only give a few basic data. So please follow the links for more.
1. Big Agnes Insulated AXL Trail Boss Air Sleeping Pad
This is one of the insulated pads here in the list. So you have a PrimaLoft Silver material, one of the best of this type, but they do not provide the official R-value or temperature rating.
As you realize from the picture this is a rectangular inflatable pad and they build it in 5 sizes. It is lightweight with its 34 oz (964 g) for the size R, and 3.25 inches (8.2 cm) thick. It is also ultra-packable and ultra-durable pad built from the material used for evacuation slides in the airplanes. The bottom is with an additional polycarbonate coating making it 10 times more durable than non-coated materials of this type.
2. Big Agnes SLX Tent Floor Pad
In this Big Agnes SLX Tent Floor Pad you have a unique tapered inflatable structure designed for the corresponding floors of backpacking tents. With its temperature rating of 32 F (0 C), which corresponds to 2.6 R-value, this is a pad for 3-season use.
So this is a pad for two people, it is ultralight with its weight of 42 oz (1.19 kg). The dimensions are 78 x 50/40 inches (198 x 127/102 cm), the thickness is 3.5 inches (8.9 cm), and the packed size (L x D) is 11 x 6 inches (28 x 15 cm).
3. Exped AirMat HL Duo Inflatable Sleeping Pad
This is an incredibly packable and lightweight mat built in two sizes M and LW. It is most suitable for warm weather camping, hiking, and backpacking. The temperature rating is 39 °F (4 °C), or R-value 1.9, so this should be good enough for 2 seasons use.
You have two separate baffled chambers that are 2.8 inches (7 cm) thick. The pad weighs 1.54 lb (700 g) for the size M and its packed size is (L x D) 7.9 x 4.7 inches (20 x 12 cm). It comes with the Schnozzel Pumpbag which you use to inflate the bag and it also doubles as a waterproof stuff sack.
4. Exped DownMat UL Winter Sleeping Pad
This Exped DownMat UL Winter Sleeping Pad is inflatable and insulated rectangular pad. With the R-value of 5.9, or the temperature rating -11.2 °F (-24 °C) it provides warmth and comfort in all seasons.
With the weight of 20.5 oz (581 g), it is ideal for backpackers and hikers. They build it in two sizes. The insulation here is an excellent goose down tested according to IDFB standards, and certified by RDS. It is very compressible as you could expect from such a material. The packed size is (L x D) 9.1 x 4.3 inches (23 x 11 cm). The included Schnozzel Pumpbag doubles as a waterproof stuff sack. The pad is Oeko-Tex 100 certified.
5. Exped MegaMat Lite 12 Inflatable Sleeping Pad
Here you have an incredibly comfortable yet backpack-portable insulated sleeping pad with 4.7 inches (12 cm) thickness. This is a great pad even for side sleepers. It comes with dual valves and a Schnozzel pump which doubles as a stuff sack.
The R-value is 5.3 and this means temperature rating -4 °F (-20 °C). So this is a pad for all seasons. They built this pad in 4 different sizes and the weight of the M size is 33.7 (0.955 kg).
6. Exped SynMat Deluxe 7 Sleeping Pad
Here you have some unique features. This Exped SynMat Deluxe 7 sleeping pad is insulated and inflatable, but it also has a removable soft, breathable, and machine-washable outer shell. It comes with a Schnozzel Pumpbag included.
The insulation gives it the R-value 4.9 and this corresponds to the temperature rating of 1.4 F (-17 C), so this is a pad for all seasons. They build the pad in 3 sizes and the weight of the size M is 27.7 oz (785 g). The packed size of the same M version is 8.3 x 5.9 inches (21 x 15 cm). Note also this: Exped gives 5-year limited warranty for this pad.
7. Exped SynMat 9 Sleeping Pad
The number 9 in the name of this Exped SynMat 9 pad describes its 3.5 inches (9 cm) thickness. This is an insulated inflatable sleeping pad with a built-in pump. The insulation is a microfiber and it gives the pad an R-value is 6 and this is equivalent to the temperatures as low as – 25 C (- 13 F). So you have a 4-season pad here.
This is patented design and they build it in in two sizes. The weight of the M size is 2.02 lb (915 g), and the packed size is 8.7 x 6.7 inches (22 x 17 cm). Note also that this is an affordable pad.
8. Exped SynMat Mega 12 Pad
This is an insulated sleeping pad with an R-value 5.3. If you are curious about the number 12 in the name, this is the thickness in centimeters. So you will hardly find anything thicker.
They build this pad in 4 different sizes, so you can choose a proper size for you and your family members or your partner. The weight for the medium size is 33.2 oz (0.94 kg) so it is surprisingly light for its features. The packed size for the same model is (L x D) 9.8 x 6.1 inches (25 x 15.5 cm).
9. Kelty Tru.Comfort Camp Bed Double-Wide Inflatable Sleeping Pad
This Kelty Tru.Comfort Camp Bed is inflatable and incredibly comfortable 12 cm thick and 145 cm (57 inches) wide pad for car camping. Note that it is also 78 inches (198 cm) long.
It comes with a carry bag that doubles as the inflation bag. This saves you from using lungs to inflate this huge pad, and with this you also avoid moisture from your breath accumulating in the pad.
They claim that there is 140 grams of synthetic insulation, but they do not provide any info about the effective R-value. The weight is 7 lb 13 oz (3.5 kg) and the packed size is 18 x 10 x 9 inches (46 x 25 x 23 cm). So this is a pad for comfort and not to be carried in the pack.
10. Klymit Armored V Inflatable Sleeping Pad
This Klymit Armored V Inflatable Sleeping Pad is unlike anything currently on the market. It comes with rugged 300000 precisely positioned armored SuperFabric tiny guard plates firmly attached to the fabric and they cover the entire underside. This creates a barrier that protects it from puncture, abrasion, slashing and moisture. There are gaps between these plates and they make the structure flexible. This is a structure that will stand up against anything you can have on the trail.
The pad comes with a moderate R-value of 1.6, which makes it suitable for chili nights in a 3-season use. As you realize from the picture, this is still their famous V-chambers design which reduces the air needed to inflate the pad.
The pad weighs 2.4 lb (1.1 kg), the dimensions are (L x W x H) 72 x 23 x 2.5 inches (183 x 58.4 x 6.4 cm), and the packed size (L x D) is 9 x 5.5 inches (22.8 x 14 cm).
11. Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping Pad
This is one of the celebrated Klymit’s sleeping pads, insulated as the name suggest and with the R-value 4.4. So this is again a 4-season pad and with the Klymit’s Body Mapping technology, incredibly comfortable and suitable for couples.
This is an award-winning design and technology, so nothing can go wrong with such a tool. It comes with a stuff sack that doubles as an air pump. Note that it is built in one size only, and it is not particularly long. The weight is 52 oz (1.47 kg) and thickness 3 inches (7.6 cm). The packed size (L x D) is 12 x 7 inches (30.5 x 17.8 cm). They also have an uninsulated version of this pad.
12. Klymit Insulated V Ultralite SL Inflatable Sleeping Pad
This Klymit Insulated V Ultralite SL Inflatable Sleeping Pad is what its name says, an ultralight pad which weighs only 15.9 oz (450 g). Bear in mind that it is also insulated and with R-value 4.4, or the temperatures rating of 15 F (-9 C), so this makes it suitable for all seasons.
The dimensions are (L x W x H) 72 x 20 x 2.5 inches (183 x 51 x 6.5 cm) and the packed size is (L x D) 7 x 4.5 inches (17.8 x 11.4 cm). The pad is with the body mapping technology and the usual Klymit’s V-chamber design. Note that they have the version without insulation as well which weighs only 11.9 oz (337 g).
13. Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad
So here you have a modified version of the iconic Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad. The main difference is in the fabric. The Static V2 version is with 30D polyester on the top and 75D polyester on the bottom, while the Static V is 75D everywhere. This also affects the weight so the Static V2 is 16.33 oz (463 g), while the Static V is 18.1 oz (514 g).
Klymit is famous for this V-pattern and the short transverse baffles close to the edge. Here you have their Body Mapping Technology which implies more support where your body needs it, while it is reduced where there is no need for it.
As usual with the pads from this brand, it is a bit short, the dimensions are 72 x 23 x 2.5 inches (183 x 59 x 6.5 cm). The packed size (L x D) is 8 x 3 inches (20.3 x 7.62 cm).
14. Klymit Static V Luxe Insulated Sleeping Pad
This is a luxurious single pad, insulated and with 4.4 R-value. The insulation is synthetic Primaloft Eco, lightweight and compressible, and 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 its great length and width, 76 x 30 in (193 x 76 cm). It weighs 35 oz (992 g) and its packed size (L x D) is 10 x 5.5 inches (25.4 x 13.9 cm).
15. Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Mat
This Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Mat is ultralight and ultra-packable pad for warm weather use, with the R-value around 0.8. They build it in three sizes, and it comes with the stuff sack that doubles as its pump sack.
Here you have an interesting baffle design with dot welds which result in numerous interconnecting chambers (Air-Sprung Cells). This better conforms to the body than traditional vertical or horizontal baffles.
The weight of the size R is 0.86 lb (390 g), and the packed size is 8.3 x 3.9 inches (21 x 10 cm). So if you are a backpacker, you will particularly love these features.
16. Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat
This pad has been on the market for a number of years already. This is an ultra-lightweight award-winning sleeping pad suitable for backpackers and hikers. They build it in three sizes and the size R weighs 395 grams only.
Here you have their medium-resolution patented Air Sprung Cells which give the lightest and smallest packed-volume mat without compromising comfort. This technology has been used in many sleeping pads of this brand. Instead of the usual baffles, this is constructed using a dot-weld pattern to create a high surface area matrix of interconnected chambers. In this design, each of the cells deforms independently so the mattress conforms to your body shape and to the ground as well.
This is a pad for warm weather with the R-value 0.7. The dimensions of the R version are 72 x 21.5 inches (183 x 55 cm), and the thickness is 2 inches (5 cm).
How to choose a sleeping pad for you
So this was my list with best inflatable sleeping pads and the question is how to choose one. Obviously, you have first to decide if this is for solo use or for two people. You have some great options in both groups.
Then comes the length. You have seen that most of them are built in several different sizes, and this applies to both length and width. So again, you can choose the size that fits you best and with this you can avoid carrying unnecessary weight.
Insulated or uninsulated? As you can imagine, insulation affects the weight so this is again something you have to decide. Remember that an insulated pad is not a heater, so it works perfectly for warm weather camping as well, and buying such a pad means that you have a tool for any weather.
But not all of the pads here are built for the trail. Some of them are incredibly durable, and some are also built with a focus on comfort. In both cases, this adds weight, and such pads are for car camping or for any activity where you would not carry it in the pack.
This list will be updated regularly and I shall be adding more sleeping pads whenever I find something that deserves to be in the list. So stay tuned, bookmark this text and visit occasionally.
Note that there are more inflatable and non-inflatable pads here in the site, so please visit my page with sleeping pads.
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