✅ TOP 5: Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag 2020
Articles,  Blog

✅ TOP 5: Best Backpacking Sleeping Bag 2020


Are you looking for the best backpacking sleeping
pad? In this video, we will top backpacking sleeping
pads on the market. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best backpacking sleeping pads, we have included links in the description for each
product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which is in your budget range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Therm-a-Rest
NeoAir XLite. Therm-a-Rest is synonymous with quality backpacking
pads, and the NeoAir XLite is their leading lightweight model. For most people and uses, it’s the whole
package: the XLite is comfortable with Therm-a-Rest’s signature internal baffling, weighs just 12
ounces, and the R-value of 3.2 is enough for most 3-season trips. Furthermore, the XLite stuffs downs impressively
small and takes up very little space in your pack. It’s true that the NeoAir XTherm provides
more insulation and has thicker fabric on the bottom of the pad, but it’s also 3 ounces
heavier and costs a whopping $200. Like most ultralight backpacking gear, the
XLite isn’t known for its durability. The 30D bottom is among the thinnest on this
list and one of the reasons why the pad is ounces lighter than most (if you’re worried
about popping your pad, both the NeoAir XTherm and Trekker are more durable). And keep in mind that the XLite is known for
being somewhat crinkly due to the lightweight materials. We haven’t really minded and a recent update
included softer fabrics, but the NeoAir line of pads is not the quietest on the market. It’s worth noting that in spring 2020, Therm-a-Rest
is releasing an updated version of the XLite that will feature a new WingLock valve, which
significantly reduces inflation and deflation times. At number 2 we have the Nemo Switchback. We’ll start by saying that the Switchback
from Nemo is not the right choice for those looking for a cushy and comfortable sleeping
pad. You get a little less than an inch of closed-cell
foam, along with a reflective coating designed to capture radiant heat. But we have the Switchback ranked here for
two very important reasons: it’s cheap at just $50 for the regular version, and it will
never pop. Despite the very thin and simplistic nature
of this foam pad, we’ll take it over a $150+ air pad with a hole any day. Plus, it also serves as a great seat around
camp, and some comfort seekers will use it beneath their regular air pad for extra cushion
and protection. Compared to the uber-popular and long-standing
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol, the newer Switchback wins out in nearly every way. It’s thicker (0.9 inches compared to 0.75
inches) but packs down smaller, making it easier to strap to the outside of your backpack. It’s also a touch more comfortable, using
two types of foam (firm and durable on the ground side; soft foam on the body side) rather
than the Z Lite’s one. All that said, you will still feel rocks and
roots beneath you much more than with the pricier air options, and it won’t keep you
insulated from the cold ground outside of the summer months with an R-value of 2. At number 3 we have the Sea to Summit Comfort
Light Insulated. Best known for waterproof gear and accessories,
Australian-based Sea to Summit has made a big splash in the sleeping pad market over
the last few years. In a crowded field, they set themselves apart
with an innovative cell design that, simply put, is the most comfortable backpacking pad
we’ve slept on. There are six available versions—Comfort
Plus, Comfort Light, and Ultralight, all three of which have non-insulated options—but
the Comfort Light Insulated is our favorite. At about 22 ounces, you do add some weight
with the Comfort Light compared to other pads at or near the top of this list, which also
translates to a bit more bulk in your pack. However, for backpackers who like a more plushness,
the more than 300 Air Sprung Cells provide great cushion. In addition, the R-value of 4.2 is just about
perfect for most 3-season outings, and the included pump sack and one-way valve make
inflation a breeze. One point of note: in testing the ultralight
version of this pad, we did create a small puncture while sleeping in a tent on slickrock. The 40-denier ripstop nylon is a touch thicker
than ultralight pads like the Therm-a-Rest XLite but still requires a healthy amount
of care. At number 4 we have the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir
XTherm. For more warmth and durability than our top
pick, the NeoAir XLite, give the NeoAir XTherm a serious look. This pad has the same lightweight internal
baffling design of the XLite, but adds a silver lining (literally) with ThermaCapture technology. The build mimics a built-in emergency blanket
by reflecting back your body heat, giving the pad a winter-ready R-value of 5.7 with
minimal bulk and weight. Lest we forget, the pad is equally as comfortable
as the other NeoAir models, with a gradually tapered shape and small, unobtrusive horizontal
baffles to sleep on. However, the XTherm does come at a cost—literally. Price is the biggest hurdle for most backpackers,
with the pad starting at a steep $200 for the regular size. Further, the R-value of 5.7 is nice but overkill
for most warm-weather trips. On the other hand, the XTherm has a more durable
70-denier bottom fabric than the XLite at 30D. If you need the extra warmth and can afford
it, the XTherm is a cold-weather standout for serious backpackers. And like the XLite, the XTherm will be getting
a revamp in 2020, with a new valve and a boost in R-value up to 6.9. And at number 5 we have the Nemo Tensor Insulated. The Tensor is an impressive addition to the
air pad market, combining a lightweight and packable build with 3 inches of cushion for
a comfortable rest. This is a notable half-inch increase over
the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir models, which is particularly beneficial for side sleepers. Plus, a recent update of the Tensor incorporates
a feature we don’t see in the NeoAir XTherm or XLite: a low-profile valve that makes it
easier to inflate, make micro adjustments, and deflate when you’re ready to pack up. And although it’s never been an issue for
us, those bothered by the crinkly NeoAirs should be happy with the somewhat quieter
Nemo construction. The reason the Tensor hasn’t yet overtaken
the NeoAir pads, however, is that durability falls short. Neither the XLite nor the Tensor are particularly
tough, but the Nemo’s 20-denier fabric is more likely to get a puncture (the XLite is
30D) yet it’s still the heavier option. But if you value the extra cushion and are
gentle on your gear, the Nemo Tensor is an excellent lightweight pad and slightly cheaper
than a Therm-a-Rest. So that sums up the top backpacking sleeping
pads. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
and if you’re new here hit that subscribe button. Until next time have a great day.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *