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Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest SOLite Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.9 of 5 based on 5 reviews. Most recent review: March 1, 2012
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Pros:  Light, durable, easy to set up, inexpensive.
Cons:  Mildly comfortable, bulky, grooves collect dirt.
Best Uses:  Budget or occasional use backpacking.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (4/4) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-rest
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 1, 2012  
Overview
The Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest SOLite is the updated version of the ultra classic Ridge Rest. This improved pad adds a reflective layer that increases warmth without adding any weight. The Ridge Rest SOLite is the go-to sleeping pad for anyone who prioritizes price, durability, and weight. It works in just about any situation, whether on a big wall in Yosemite, backpacking, alpine climbing, or car camping. Unfortunately, this is one of the larger pads on the market and is not the most comfortable. Get the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol for a more compact closed cell pad, or the Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar for a thicker and warmer closed cell pad.

For the best all-purpose inflatable pad get the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm. See our complete Sleeping Pad Review for complete scoring.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
You can stumble into camp late, thrown down the Ridge Rest and sleep in moderate comfort just about anywhere. This is the ultra classic sleeping pad. It works well in a variety of environments, is moderately comfortable, highly durable, very light, and is a great value. Whether you're big wall climbing, backpacking, alpine climbing, mountaineering, or just getting into camping, the Ridge Rest is a stellar all-purpose pad. You can also use it for other things such as yoga, sports games, and even moving furniture. Its price and durability make it a steal.

Dislikes
We found that the grooves collect dirt and the ridged surface isnt the best to lay your head on directly. The pads large volume forces you to strap the pad to the outside of your pack. This can lead to problematic snags when hiking off trail or simply may not be an option for some activities. We prefer to get the pad in a small, which is more compact and only weighs 9 ounces.

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Alpine climbers depend on closed cell pads like the Ridge Rest.
Credit: Black Diamond Equipment.
Value
Superior value for a pad that will last for years.

Personal Stories from Chris McNamara
This has been my go to pad for two decades. Sure inflatable pads are a little more comfy and more compact, but I have always loved the durability and ease of set up of a Ridge Rest. Most of my camping is near the car or on rocky terrain and it is nice to pull up to spot late at night and just throw down a pad without worrying too much about it popping. Also, the Ridge Rest is by far the best option for big wall climbing. I buy it in the small size (48 inches) and use one or two to line the haul bag for low angle routes. This protects the haul bag from getting holes. Last of all, you can't beat the price. I would not hesitate to buy this as a first pad or just about anything. If you want a warmer but bulkier version of this pad, get the Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest Solar.

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The Therm-a-Rest Ridge is great for sleeping directly on the ground.
Credit: Max Neale

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Most recent review: March 1, 2012
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 4 reviewers recommend it
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5 Total Ratings
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4 star: 80%  (4)
3 star: 20%  (1)
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   May 26, 2011 - 12:26pm
W. S. · Climber · The West
It's cheap, durable, and comfortable enough for me. The small size rolls up nicely inside my frameless pack as a makeshift support system. Zero set-up time, zero worries about a leak. My buddy wakes up in the middle of the night to re-inflate his pad. What a sucker!


Bottom line: for $20, how can you go wrong?

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 22, 2010 - 07:04pm
FortMental · Climber · Albuquerque, NM
Still the standard. Completely idiot proof. Perfect for car camping and lounging around on the forest floor, gravel driveway, broken glass. Still as ungainly and huge as ever.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Aug 31, 2010 - 03:51am
Josh Nash · Climber · riverbank ca
It will not, without a doubt, deflate and leave you on the deck in the morning.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jun 15, 2010 - 01:12pm
msiddens · Climber
A great all around pad and an excellent compromise between inexpensive/durable and light/packable. Cheap, indestructable and a use can be found for nearly any situation. This pad remains in the arsenal of pads to be used for particular situations. If I only had one pad, this would be the first.

Bonus use, works great to line the haul bag before heading up the big stone.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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