Pairing essential three-season comfort with packability, the top-rated Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout self-inflating sleeping pad offers top-rated performance at a great value.
Providing comfort and value for those discovering a love for the outdoors, the Trail Scout uses premium self-inflating foam for essential comfort at camp. The 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick pad gives users three-season comfort with a 3.1 R-value. The pad compacts small enough to easily fit into your pack when it’s time to hit the trail. The versatile self-inflating pad features the high-performance WingLock valve, allowing the pad to inflate three times faster thanks to a larger opening and one-way inflation. Like all Therm-a-Rest pads, the Trail Scout is made in market to ensure quality and minimize environmental impact. The pad includes a compact stuff sack.
Therm-a-Rest's Trail Scout mats are self-inflating and filled with open cell foam that sucks air into the mat when you open the valve thus inflating it - it normally needs a few extra breaths at the end to finish it off. It comes with the new WingLock valve with easier one-way inflation and secure two step deflation. The Trail Scout has very durable fabrics top and bottom but are not a thick as some of the other versions which helps reduce the weight and the pack size. They are still designed for comfort and reliability but the Scout is more versatile and a great start for backpacking.
The pack sizes are not the smallest but this is often the case for self inflating mats. However, with the reduced depth of foam they are good for anyone starting out with backpacking, looking for a great value mat for base camps or if you are heading of for six months travelling you may want the reliability of something like this mat. We also like the shape as well, it's mid way between a mummy and a full rectangular mat, which is a good compromise if your legs tend to come off a mummy shaped mat but you still want to trim a bit of weight at the corners. Foam mats of this type are not as comfortable as airbeds but they are far superior than the ground or closed cell foam mats - and they are forgiving when it comes to durability and rough use.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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