I’ve preferred air mattresses over sleeping pads for as long as I can remember, but when it came time to buy a lightweight alternative, I immediately turned to the Z Lite by Therm-a-Rest ($30). Many folks who spend a good deal of time sleeping on the ground swear by them, so I wanted to give it a go. The Z Lite is large enough to accommodate the biggest sleeping bags, but it also folds together like an accordion, taking up a minimal amount of space and weighing in at just 10 ounces. The Z Lite features closed-cell foam on both sides and its folding design means that it will lay with the land, rather than against it. The Z Lite by Therma-a-Rest is a great investment for any camper or backpacker who’s looking for incredible comfort without sacrificing pack space.
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