With so many Thermarest mats to choose from we've written this summary page to help you make sense of the range. There are some key features and things to look out for:
Closed Cell Foam Mats ; are the least comfortable as they are the thinnest, but they do provide insulation and can be cut to size to save weight. Thermarest mats have different designs cut into them to increase comfort, insulation and weight for a given thickness. This type of mat will never fail - they cannot be punctured.
Self Inflating versus Airbeds: Self inflating mats are made by sandwiching a layer of foam between two nylon covers, they are usually not very thick and offer moderate insulation. Insulated airbeds are lighter, thicker, more insulative and have smaller packed sizes. They are more comfortable than self inflating mats because of the extra thickness. The only advantage self inflating mats have over insulated airbeds are if they get a puncture - at least with a self inflating mat you still have the foam to lie on.
Evolite and AF Mattresses : Thermarest have pioneered a new mat that's a hybrid of self inflating mats and insulated airbeds - these mats have alternating sections of air and foam so you can have a thicker self inflating mat without the large increase in bulk. Thermarest have called these AF (AirFrame) mats or Evolite.
SV - Stands for Speed Valve, its an amazing way to inflate your mat quickly and with minimal effort. Also deflates faster and easier - choose a mat denoted SV and watch the video!
Durability : Many people worry about punctures with insulated airbeds and the lightest mats have the lightest materials possible which could make them more susceptible to punctures - if you are concerned about this choose a heavier mat or check out the 'Denier' of the face fabric; a 75d mat has a pretty tough outer fabric whereas a 30d mat is just about the lightest you can get. Some mats have a heavier face fabric on the bottom.
|Model||Weight||R-Value||Insulation||Category||Type||Format||In a Line||Pricepoint||Thickness|
|NeoAir Xlite||353g||0.56||3 Season||Fast&Lite||Insulated Airbed||Mummy||Lightest, full comfort & insulation but can be noisy.||Mid range||6.3cm|
|Ridgerest Classic||397g||0.46||3 Season||Trek&Travel||Closed Cell Foam||Rectangle||Not much comfort, provides insulation and very durable. Can cut to size||Cheapest||1.5cm|
|Z-Lite||410g||0.39||2 Season||Fast&Lite||Closed Cell Foam||Rectangle||Not much comfort, provides insulation and very durable. Can cut to size||Cheapest||2.0cm|
|Z-Lite SOL||410g||0.46||3 Season||Fast&Lite||Closed Cell Foam||Rectangle||Not much comfort, very durable, higher insulation than Z-Lite. Can cut to size||Cheapest||2.0cm|
|NeoAir Xtherm||430g||1.00||4 Season||Fast&Lite||Insulated Airbed||Mummy||Best insulation, full comfort, lightest materials||Higher Price||6.3cm|
|NeoAir Trekker||486g||0.56||3 Season||Trek&Travel||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle||Good insulation and comfort more durable face fabrics||Mid Price||6.3cm|
|Prolite||502g||0.42||3 Season||Fast&Lite||Self Inflating Foam||Mummy||Moderate comfort and insulation, self inflates||Mid Price||1.5cm|
|XthermMAX||510g||1.00||4 Season||Fast&Lite||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle||Best insulation, full comfort, lightest materials||Higher Price||6.3cm|
|Evolite||528g||0.37||Summer||Fast&Lite||Hybrid Self Inflating||Rectangle||Hybrid mat provides enhanced comfort at expense of insulation||Mid Price||5.0cm|
|Prolite Plus||598g||0.60||3 Season||Fast&Lite||Self Inflating Foam||Mummy||Thicker and more comfortable than Prolite, also warmer||Mid Price||3.6cm|
|NeoAir All Season SV||622g||0.86||3-4 Season||Trek&Travel||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle||High end insulation and good comfort, durable with easy inflate Speed Valve||Higher Price||6.3cm|
|Evolite Plus||690g||0.56||3 Season||Fast&Lite||Hybrid Self Inflating||Rectangle||A thicker and warmer version of the standard Evolite||Higher Price||6.3cm|
|NeoAir Camper||622g||0.38||2 Season||Camp&Comfort||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle||Durable and comfortable airbed but with lower insulation||Mid Price||7.6cm|
|Trail Lite||758g||0.59||3 Season||Trek&Travel||Self Inflating Foam||Rectangle||Durable mat at the comfort end of the self inflating range||Cheapest||3.8cm|
|Slacker AF Hammock||772g||0.37||2 Season||Camp&Comfort||Hybrid Self Inflating||Hammock||Shaped mat for insulating your hammock||Mid Price||NA|
|Trail King SV||774g||0.32||2 Season||Trek&Travel||Hybrid Self Inflating||Mummy||Moderate insulation but good comfort and the easy inflate Speed Valve||Mid Price||6.3cm|
|Basecamp AF||782g||0.29||Summer||Camp&Comfort||Hybrid Self Inflating||Rectangle||Moderate insulation but good comfort with AirFrame to minimise bulk||Cheapest||6.3cm|
|NeoAir Camper SV||1026g||0.38||2 Season||Camp&Comfort||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle||Durable and comfortable airbed but with lower insulation and Speed Valve||Higher Price||7.6cm|
|Basecamp||1080g||0.88||3-4 Season||Camp&Comfort||Self Inflating Foam||Rectangle||Very Warm self inflating mat - moderate comfort||Mid Price||5.0cm|
|NeoAir Dream||1840g||1.05||4 Season||Camp&Comfort||Insulated Airbed||Rectangle, Boxed edges||Large scale airbed with fleecy cover, maximum comfort, high insulation||Higher Price||10.0cm|
|MondoKing 3D||2464g||2.00||4 Season||Camp&Comfort||Self Inflating Foam||Rectangle, Boxed edges||Very thick and comfortable self inflating foam, highest insulation||Higher Price||10.0cm|