Finding the right sleeping pad can be a daunting task. Fortunately, our unbiased experts make recommendations to campers and backpackers every day, and they can help you find the perfect sleeping pad, too! Check out this list of their most recommended sleeping pads under $100, and then chat with a Camping & Hiking expert for a personalized recommendation.
- Sea To Summit Camp Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
- Exped SynMat Lite 5 Sleeping Pad
- Exped FlexMat Sleeping Pad
- Sea To Summit UltraLight Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
- Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic Sleeping Pad
- Exped FlexMat Plus Sleeping Pad
Sea To Summit Camp Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
This self-inflating sleeping pad has an R-value of 4.2 which means it will keep you insulated from the cold ground while you sleep. It's 1.5 inches thick and is available in a variety of sizes! Light enough for backpacking trips as well (the Regular size weighs 1.7 lbs). This sleeping pad also features Sea to Summit's unique PillowLock system which pairs with any of their pillows to securely lock the pillow in place so it doesn't slip around while you're sleeping.
Versatile sleeping pad, with an R rating of 4 (meaning it can keep you warm in very cold weather, but also be a good option for warmer weather hiking). This pad is good at transitioning with the weather - so if you go to sleep and it's in the 50's but the temperature drops to the 20's or 30's by the time you wake up - this pad will keep your sleep system warm and comfortable.
Exped SynMat Lite 5 Sleeping Pad
Long and wide size has a 77.6"x25.6" footprint. Comes with a minipump to pump it up. 2in thick for lots of comfort. Insulation for a good barrier against the temps when using a hammock
The quick adjust valve is unique and allows for you to adjust comfort, plus it's quiet.
R-Value at 3.4, super compact, lightweight and comfy. Comes with mini pump.
Exped FlexMat Sleeping Pad
Sea To Summit UltraLight Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
An ultralight sleeping pad which is great for both car camping and backpacking! This pad has an R-value of 2.6 making is great for summer use as well as shoulder seasons with some light insulation from the cold ground. It's 1" thick and weighs 18oz.
R-value of 2.6 means it can go down into cooler weather while keeping you warm. At 1 lb. 3 oz., it's still lightweight!
Self inflating & ultralight - weights less than a pound. 2.6 R-value.
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest Classic Sleeping Pad
This is a great, basic option for low-maintenance trips, especially for the budget conscious! It is 0.625" thick and weighs only 14oz (size regular). It can also be used as a second sleeping pad to increase overall R-value of a cold weather setup.
Right at 6ft it will be plenty long and will add a cushioned barrier between you and the ground to keep you warmer and comfortable. It's also inexpensive, making it a great pad for a beginner. You won't have to worry about inflating it either!
Keeps you more comfortable and climate controlled than just having your sleeping bag on the ground.
Exped FlexMat Plus Sleeping Pad
Basic closed-cell foam pad is super comfy and inexpensive. It won't go flat from a leak so it's reliable and can double as a camp chair or yoga mat.
Recent reviews say that this foam pad is the most comfortable closed cell foam option ever made.
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