Reviewed by Jl2713 from SC on Monday, August 1, 2016
I own a few versions of sleeping pads: a cheap Wal-Mart version, a Therma-Rest one for backpacking, and I purchased this one for some car camping in Arkansas this summer. I wasn't sure what to expect because I haven't owned a self-inflating style one before, but reading other reviews helped me order a pair of these for us for our trip. My boyfriend is 6'3" and I'm 5'6", and the XL was a great length for both of us, though the L would probably be fine for me (it wasn't available when I ordered). These pads inflate just as described, and you'll have to add some air of your own in to get them to 100% -- no big deal. We left them inflated as we slept on them for two nights, and had to add a little air for the second night (as expected). I used just a blanket and pillow with mine; boyfriend used a lightweight sleeping bag liner on top of his, and neither of us was too hot. The pad didn't seem to retain a lot of heat, thankfully, as the nights were very warm and humid. While both of us have bad joints and all sorts of things that cause us pain if we sleep on other styles of sleeping pads, we agreed that this one is comfortable enough to actually get some good rest on the ground, even for us side sleepers. Deflating them was easy, too: just roll and push the air out as you go. I love that they game with their own drawstring bags, too. I highly recommend this pad for car camping tent-dwellers.