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About Therm-a-Rest Z Rest Sleeping Pad

Closeouts. A compact closed-cell foam mattress with an accordion style design, Therm-a-Rest's Z Rest sleeping pad offers cushioned comfort at a great value.


Specs about Therm-a-Rest Z Rest Sleeping Pad

  • Sleeping pad style: Foam
  • Shape: Rectangular
  • R-Value: 2.2
  • Insulation: Closed-cell foam
  • Weight: 1 lb.
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 72x20x.75"
  • Packed size: 21x6"
  • Recommended Use: Backpacking
  • Material: Polyethylene foam
  • Made in United States of America


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4.465517 5 Overall Rating: 4.5 Based on 58 reviews

Most Helpful 5-Star Review

Light and Multipurpose
Reviewed by Tammy in OR from Oregon on Friday, July 29, 2016
I am a new backpacker. I got this as a cheap, durable sleeping pad solution and with about 7 nights on it, I really like it. Being able to pop it off my pack and use it as a comfy place to sit during the day or unfold it partially to make a headrest and torso pad for midday napping is super useful a... Read More
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  • Good pad
    Reviewed by Bushcraft Lee from Georgia on Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Tried this out recently and it works well. It is reasonably comfortable compared to similar mats, and the "egg crate" configuration of the foam seems to trap air space and is somewhat warm (even in hot weather). Most people will probably find this pad satisfactory.
  • Great price for quality
    Verified Buyer Reviewed by runtsky from texas on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    Wanted a closed-cell foam sleeping pad since I'll be backpacking with two dogs. Read good things about this one and bought it since it was so cheap. Seems pretty comfy with a sleeping bag on concrete and is a generous size. I'm happy and hope it performs well on potentially rocky ground as well.
  • Great product, great value
    Verified Buyer Reviewed by Emily from Maine on Thursday, August 9, 2018
    This is a wonderfully cushiony sleeping pad. It folds up compactly. Such a great price!
  • Excellent pad for money
    Verified Buyer Reviewed by Brian from Kansas on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Bought one for self, used it and bought 2 more for sons. This is a great pad for an extra layer of comfort and warmth. The pad is light but durable and easy to pack.
  • Excellent pad for money
    Verified Buyer Reviewed by Brian from Kansas on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Bought one for self, used it and bought 2 more for sons. This is a great pad for an extra layer of comfort and warmth. The pad is light but durable and easy to pack.

Question & Answer

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  • “Is this slippery at all? My current pad is self inflatable and kind of slippery. Every slight movement in the tent, like rolling from back to side, and it slips out from underneath me and I'm on the floor of the tent getting cold. I'm looking for something that will stay in place through the night.”
    Asked by Jenn from Minnesota on 4/30/2017 7:34:51 PM
    • I don't think it is slippery. I find the inflatable pads have a slicker texture, but I don't use them because most of my camping is in the desert, and they are too prone to punctures. The Z-Rest is kind of like an egg carton so there is lots more area to grip, but there are also all those air pockets to trap heat. The worst part is that you can't throw it into the tent, because the accordion shape collapses; but that's not a big deal. In really cold weather, I use the full length doubled up for twice the R-value.
      Answered on 4/30/2017 10:10:09 PM by Chili Pequin from AZ
    • just came back from my first normal hike with this pad. 7 nights and no problems. Absolutely not slippery. you will wake up in the same place on the matt.
      Answered on 5/1/2017 2:29:46 AM by Join Walk from New Zealand
    • Not slippery.
      Answered on 5/1/2017 9:51:21 AM by Phoenix Mountain from Los Angeles
    • Not slipper due to texture and egg crate style. Not as cushiony as an inflatable though.
      Answered on 5/1/2017 9:52:22 AM by Phoenix Mountain from Los Angeles
    • This item is not slippery.
      Answered on 5/4/2017 12:22:10 PM by Product Specialist from Sierra Trading Post
    • It's not slippery. We have two and they stay put in the tent all night, even with 3 of us (including 1 year old) sleeping on them.
      Answered on 5/5/2017 9:48:33 AM by Neko from Michigan
  • “I'm looking for a child-sized pad (60in long), the way this folds makes it seem like cutting it shorter would be possible without having to sew it up that true?”
    Asked by V from Chicago on 3/11/2016 10:16:43 AM
    • Yes, and definitely no sewing required.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 10:41:22 AM by camper from PA
    • Yes, as a matter of fact I just cut off several of the folding panels to fit my wife. Just cut along any of the folds, it is foam so no sewing is necessary.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 11:17:49 AM by Pappy from Sioux City, Iowa
    • yes, it'd be super easy to cut it shorter. You could just take a pair of scissors and cut along one of the folds.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 11:36:15 AM by hike bike cook from seattle
    • I assume it can be cut to make smaller but why when it weighs so little & the extra length can be kept folded & used as a pillow.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 11:40:17 AM by Kim Perrotta from Florida
    • Absolutely. We did the same thing with our older but identical pad. super easy to cut with a blade or scissors along the folding seams, and still very easy to cut anywhere else. The foam pad will still be intact if you cut it outside the folding seams, but you'll get fraying of the material over time and use (not a big deal). We cut ours 2/3rds and now have a child pad AND a stadium/hiking seat.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 12:13:29 PM by formeremployee from northern california
    • Absolutely. That's one if the real appeals of this pad. And, if you trim it down, you can used the trimmed sections as sit pads.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 1:15:36 PM by Robert from NC
    • Yes, this could be cut. It's foam. If it were cut along a fold, I think it would be fine.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 3:32:20 PM by Happee Camper from STL + beyond
    • Yes, It is a foam, pad, so you can cut it to any size you like without any negative side effects.
      Answered on 3/13/2016 2:46:03 PM by Cd from Cleveland
    • Yes, you should be able to cut this. You would not need to sew it due to it being made from foam.
      Answered on 3/14/2016 12:32:58 PM by Product Specialist from Sierra Trading Post
  • “What is the best way to carry it around with your day pack? Tuck it away or straps of some sort?”
    Asked by Brian from Wisconsin on 8/15/2015 5:26:52 PM
    • I would use straps, I think it would take up most of the room inside the daypack (if it's a normal volume) and since it's really not heavy at all, you shouldn't feel too much of a difference strapping it on.
      Answered on 8/19/2015 8:17:27 AM by Amelia from Utah
    • i like using straps on the outside lower front of my pack. it helps balance my pack when i set it down, plus i like to use my pad as a chair (the folds are nice for this) - just pull it out and you have a cube to sit on. rain is not absorbed by this mat, so you can just shake off any water on the outside. lastly, it makes a great wind screen for your camp stove, so for all of the above reasons, i like to keep mine handy on the outside of my pack. i just bought some straps to attach it to lash points on the lower part of my pack. this pad is a super versatile thing, which makes up for its somewhat mediocre comfort.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 11:42:40 AM by hike bike cook from seattle
  • “some pads are noisy…any feedback on this as an issue?”
    Asked by AK MOM from AK on 7/19/2015 3:09:52 AM
    • I haven't had any issues with it being noisy!
      Answered on 7/19/2015 3:41:39 PM by Amelia from Utah
    • This does not seem to be very noisy.
      Answered on 7/20/2015 12:15:13 PM by Product Specialist from Company Headquarters
    • no, because its not filled with air and it's not hollow.
      Answered on 3/11/2016 11:44:12 AM by hike bike cook from seattle

About Therm-a-Rest

For more than 35 years, Therm-a-Rest has been innovating, researching and thoroughly field-testing their products in order to enhance your comfort level in the great outdoors, whether you’re on a family camping trip or a seven-day trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Starting with the well-known Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad and expanding into self-inflating mattresses, sleeping bags and more, this company is all about helping people get a great night’s sleep. From Therm-a-Rest sleeping bags to camping pillows to inflatable air mattresses, every product is constructed with warmth, comfort, durability and weight in mind. Stop counting sheep and treat yourself to a better night’s sleep with a Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad, sleeping bag and accessories.