Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2020

There are loads of backpacking sleeping pads on the market to choose from. Luckily most of them are quality products. To help you make an informed decision have put together the Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2020.

Exhausted from a day backpacking you would think a Backpacker could get a decent night sleep on any surface.

From the experience that’s, not the case. A comfortable surface is required for a restful night’s sleep.

For this article, spoke with seasoned campers, read many reviews and testimonials.

From there narrowed down to 5 best backpacking sleeping pads.

There might be others on the market but these I thought were great.

Below is a summary of the Best Backing Sleeping Pads of 2020

Product Description Price Weight
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm $150 15 oz
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite $126 12 oz
Klymit Static V2 $65 16.6 oz
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite $104 8.8 oz
Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated $150 25.5

What does R rating mean?

The term Rvalue as used in relation to sleeping pads is a measurement of the ability of the mattress to retain warmth.

The higher the Rvalue, the warmer the sleeping pad.

Using the R rating when in warm weather won’t make you any hotter.

It will make a difference in cold conditions, especially when the ground is icy, cold, and wet.

If you are spending time in cold conditions suggest using an R-value pad above 4. Spending time in Alpine conditions suggests R-value above 6.

5 Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2020

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads 2020
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm

Weight 15 oz

Price $150 Amazon

R-Value 5.7

Pros; Exceptional warmth with R-Value rating of 5.7, durable and comfortable sleeping pad. Packs up small and light for carrying

Cons; Expensive compared with other pads. The design is a bit narrow. Does not deflate compared to other pads

Our Verdict; Overall a very good sleeping pad, especially if your trekking in cold conditions. The Pros outweigh the Cons.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads 2020
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

Weight 12 oz

Price $126 from Amazon

R-Value 3.2

Pros; Lightweight, comfortable, and supportive pad from a trusted brand.

Cons: Expensive pad, with some crinkle noise which will annoy some users.

Our Verdict; Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite pad does come at a premium price, however, but does come with the right height, comfort support, and lightweight for backpacking.

Klymit Static V2

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads 
Klymit Static V2

Weight 16.6 oz

Price $65 from Amazon

R-Value 1.3

Pros: Very affordable, wider than other pads on the market. Well made durable product.

Cons; The biggest downside is the low R-Value 1.3, which makes it suitable for summer conditions not colder conditions.

Our Verdict; Budget sleeping pad, made with thicker material increasing its weight compared to other pads on the marketplace.

If you are after a bigger sleeping pad for warm weather conditions this pad could be for you.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads 2020
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite

Weight 8.8 oz

Price $104 from Amazon

R-Value 2

Pros; Lightweight, quiet (no crinkle sound) compact, comfortable sleeping pad ideal for trekking and use in warmer months.

Cons; Expensive pad that provides minimal insulation. Not suitable for cold conditions.

Our Verdict; A highly comfortable pad that compacts into a small package for carrying.

If you are only planning on adventuring in warmer weather then this pad is for you.

If you are adventuring in wintry months check out pads with R-Value ratings of 4 and above.

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads 2020

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated

Weight 25.5 oz

Price $150 from Amazon

R-Value 5

Pros; Extremely comfortable, relatively quiet and very warm pad

Cons; Expensive and heavy

Our Verdict: Incredibly comfortable, stable, and quiet pad. It will send you into a deep sleep quickly. The downside it’s a heavy unit with a hefty price tag.

Final Thoughts

Getting a great night’s sleep is important at home or on a backpacking trip. It can make or break a trip.

Thankfully there are numerous quality mattresses to choose from.

Once you have chosen level of comfort and warmth, the amount of weight you are willing to carry it then comes down to how much you are willing to spend.

Like buying a camping mattress is really an investment in how well you want to sleep.

Further Information

If you have enjoyed this review, you will enjoy our other reviews.

Below are some of our other gear reviews and popular resources;

How to choose a sleeping bag for trekking or hiking

Best Trekking/Hiking Poles

How to choose trekking poles (with tutorials)

How to choose the best headlamp

Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags

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