Knowledgebase Page - Choosing a Thermarest Sleeping mat

Which Thermarest mattress is for you?

Thermarest offer a great choice of mats from self-inflating to closed cell foam. Choosing your camping mat is entirely dependent on how, when and where you plan to camp. Knowing how you camp is the first step in choosing your mattress. Thermarest break down their mattresses into three categories to make it easier for you to choose.


Camp & Comfort - When sleeping well is priority number one, Thermarest's Camp & Comfort mattresses deliver the ultimate in camp luxury.

Thermarest's Camp & Comfort mattresses tend to be slightly larger and heavier than the mats we stock on Ultralight Outdoor Gear. However we do stock them on our sister site Basecamp Gear. Click on the logo to see our full Thermarest Camp & Comfort range at Basecamp Gear.


Trek & Travel - Thermarest's most versatile mattresses combine exceptional comfort with the lightweight compressibility required for trips far into the back country.

RidgeRest Solar

The RidgeRest Solar mattress is Thermarest's thickest and most comfortable closed-cell foam mattress. The ThermaCapture technology boosts warmth by 13% adding to the effectiveness of heat-trapping valleys and soft, supportive ridges to deliver the warmth you need for camping in any season.    

NeoAir All Season

The NeoAir All Season mattress delivers comfort in a rugged, go-anywhere package. Multiple layers of ThermaCapture technology make it one of Thermarest's warmest, most versatile and popular NeoAir mattresses. Durable fabrics and construction give the All Season mattress the strength to stand up to rugged conditions throughout the year.   

NeoAir Trekker

The NeoAir Trekker mattress is the solid, 3 season counterpoint to the NeoAir All Season mattress. It features reflective ThermaCapture Radiant Heat Technology, pushing its comfort range well into spring and fall backcountry trips. Light yet durable fabrics, combined with exceptional comfort and compactness, will keep the Trekker a favourite of anyone seeking a jack-of-all-trades air mattress.  

RidgeRest SOLite

The RidgeRest SOLite mattress is the lightweight alternative to the RidgeRest Solar mattress, coated with a layer of reflective ThermaCapture technology that redirects radiant heat back to your body to amplify warmth. Working in conjunction with the classic RidgeRest peaks and valleys, the SOLite mattress delivers exceptional insulation in an ultralight and virtually indestructible alternative for backcountry travelers.   

RidgeRest Classic

Ultra-durable crosslink polyethylene combines with Thermarest's heat-trapping peaks and valleys to make this a great item for budget first-timers or destination travelers in need of an emergency mattress replacement. By using Thermarest's most durable foam this mattress is sure to last many a year, delivering exceptional value to campers looking for basic comfort.    


Fast & Light - Thermarest's Fast & Light mattresses are the top choice for alpinists, ultralight backpackers and anyone seeking the most comfort per gramn possible.


Neoair XTherm / XTherm MAX

The NeoAir XTherm mattresses pack more warmth per gram than any other air mattress in the world, making it the ultimate choice for big trips in challenging conditions. Multiple, reflective ThermaCapture layers provides true four-season warmth without the weight or bulk usually found in a winter-worthy mattress. The Rectangular XTherm MAX provides greater coverage for larger torsos and extreme temperatures.  

NeoAir XLite / XLite Women's

The NeoAir XLite mattress delivers more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress available. Each benefits from Thermarest's Triangular Core Matrix stability, ThermaCapture warmth and uniquely soft fabrics to deliver deluxe comfort for minimalists. The Women's XLite mattress features an additional ThermaCapture layer, providing extra warmth for cold sleepers.   


The Evolite mattress uses patent-pending AirFrame construction to create Thermarests most comfortable, ultralight self-inflating mattress. It's the pinnacle blend of self-inflating comfort and convenience with the ultralight loft and packability of air mats.   

EvoLite Plus

The EvoLite Plus provides the same low bulk, high-loft comfort of the EvoLite mattress with the addition of ThermaCapture warmth and extra thickness for added cold weather performance. A different foam pattern better-supports the ThermaCapture layer for long-term reliability and performance. If you’re looking for the best value in ultralight, backpacking mattress comfort and convenience, look no further.   

ProLite / ProLite Women's

The three-season ProLite mattress is the lightest, most compact self-inflating mattress available. Thermarest's exclusive die-cut Atmos Foam delivers excellent lightweight compressibility with plenty of warmth for moderate weather from spring to fall. It packs small, easily fitting inside the most ultralight packs making it ideal for high-mileage, high-speed journeys where every gram counts. The women's version provides added warmth for cold sleepers.   

ProLite Plus / ProLite Plus Women's

The warmests of Thermarests ultralight, self-inflating mattresses, the ProLite Plus features Thermarests premium Atmos Foam for optimal compressibility and self-inflation properties while reducing weight. Heat trapping diagonal-cut foam contributes to it's great packed size while helping to maintain warmth. The women's version provides added warmth for cold sleepers.   

Z Lite / Z Lite SOL

Ultralight and exceptionally durable, the Z Lite is Thermarest's most compact closed-cell mattress. Both the original Z Lite and the Z Lite SOL feature a compact accordion-style shape and heat-trapping dimples. The proprietary foams are softer on top for extra comfort and denser on the bottom for extra durability. The Z Lite SOL adds Thermarest's reflective ThermaCapture coating that helps capture radiant heat, increasing overall warmth by nearly 20%.