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REI Co-op Trekker - Women's Review

This comfortable rectangle shaped pad is heavy and bulky but a decent choice for short trips or car camping.
REI Co-op Trekker
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Price:  $70 List | $48.89 at REI
Pros:  Comfortable, warm, inexpensive
Cons:  Heavy and bulky
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 22, 2018
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  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Durability - 10% 8
  • Weight - 25% 2
  • Packed Size - 15% 3

Our Verdict

The REI Trekker is a standard camping pad and is trapped somewhere between a backpacking and car camping sleeping pad. It is not quite luxurious to be a go-to basecamping and car camping pad, but it too large for us to recommend taking backpacking. However, it is a great price and is quite comfortable so maybe an economical choice for activities like boating or sleepovers that you don't need to carry it far.


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Pros Comfortable, warm, inexpensiveComfortable, quiet, lightweightVery light, super compact, comfortable, versatile, warmer than normal XLiteLightweight, small packed size, included pump sackComfortable, good valve system, warm
Cons Heavy and bulkyExpensive, heavier than the NeoAir XLiteEdges collapse when weighted, noisy, expensive, delicate materialsNot as comfortable as Ether Light and same weight, thinHeavy and bulky
Bottom Line This comfortable rectangle shaped pad is heavy and bulky but a decent choice for short trips or car camping.This versatile sleeping mat is super comfortable and a great choice for all your backpacking needs.This super light and compact sleeping pad is a great choice for someone looking to got fast and light.This lightweight sleeping pad is relatively comfortable, but we think it's a Jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none.This comfortable and warm sleeping pad with unique "rails" that will cradle you when you sleep is a great value.
Rating Categories REI Co-op Trekker - Women's Ether Light XT Insulated NeoAir XLite Ultralight Insulated Co-op AirRail Plus
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Specs REI Co-op Trekker... Ether Light XT... NeoAir XLite Ultralight Insulated Co-op AirRail Plus
Measured Weight 30.7 oz 15 oz 11.8 oz 14.6 25 oz
Thickness 1.75 in 4 in 2.5 in 2 in 1.5 in
Width 20 in 21.5 in 20 in 21.5 in 23 in
Type 3 season 3.5 season 3 season 2.5 season 3 season
R Value 4.2 4.2 3.9 3.3 5.2
Packed Size 23.62 x 5.12 in 11 x 4.5 in 8.27 x 3.94 in 4 x 9 in 9.84 x 5.51 in
Tested Length 66 in 66 in 66 in 72 in 66 in
Bottom Material Polyester 40D nylon 30D High Tenacity Nylon 40D nylon 75D Polyester

Our Analysis and Test Results

This comfortable, economical women's sleeping pad is bulky and heavy.

Performance Comparison


The Comfort Plus Insulated and Trekker are two comfortable pads. We prefer the Comfort Plus but the Trekker is a great economical choice.
The Comfort Plus Insulated and Trekker are two comfortable pads. We prefer the Comfort Plus but the Trekker is a great economical choice.

Warmth


The Trekker has a decently warm R-Value of 4.2, which is the same as our Editors' Choice, the Sea to Summit Ether Light XT, and not quite as warm as our Best Buy Award Winner the REI AirRail Plus. It will keep you warm on cool spring nights all the way through to fall evenings.

The Trekker and the Trail Lite holding it down at base camp.
The Trekker and the Trail Lite holding it down at base camp.

Comfort


The Trekker has a rectangle shape that allows for more comfort and room to move around compared to a tapered "mummy" cut of some of the other pads in this review, such as the Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Women's. The only other rectangle we tested was the cush Big Agnes Q Core SLX. We measured the width; even though REI says it is 20 inches wide, it is closer to 21 inches. It is slightly thicker than its closest competitor the Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Women's at 1.75, which allows for a little extra cushioning. We think the soft brushed material on top is soft and helps stop you from sliding around. Overall the Trekker is a very comfortable choice.

The Big Agnes Q-Core SLC and the Trekker are the two rectangle shaped pads we tested.
The Big Agnes Q-Core SLC and the Trekker are the two rectangle shaped pads we tested.

Durability


We could not find the denier rating for this pad's materials online, but it seems to be a similar weight to the Trail Lite which is a hefty 75 Denier (the NeoAir is only 30D). Our one durability concern is the Trekker's odd valve. It feels disconcertingly easy to open and close by pushing it down and screwing it just a quarter turn; it is not comforting because it doesn't really click into place or screw down significantly. We haven't had any issues with the valve opening, just thought it would be worth mentioning.

The Trekker is made of a durable polyester material.
The Trekker is made of a durable polyester material.

Weight


At 30.7 ounces, this is the second heaviest product in this review. The Comfort Plus is the heaviest at 34.4 ounces, but has a higher R-Value. The weight of this pad is a significant drawback, and we would hesitate to take it on a backpacking trip.

Sleeping pad packed sizes from smallest to largest  with a Nalgene bottle for comparison.
Sleeping pad packed sizes from smallest to largest, with a Nalgene bottle for comparison.

Packed Size


Similarly to the weight category, the Trekker has the largest packed size of the bunch. It does not fold in half like the other pads in this review; instead, it is just one 21 inch tube, which does not equate to a great fit inside your backpack. The NeoAir and the Q Core SLX have the smallest pack sizes and are not much larger than a one-liter Nalgene bottle.

The Trekker's packed size is the largest of the bunch  but you may be able to get it smaller by folding it.
The Trekker's packed size is the largest of the bunch, but you may be able to get it smaller by folding it.

Best Application


The Trekker is a decent choice for camping activities that you don't have to carry it far, like boating or very short mileage, family backpacking trips. It's a good value for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a higher end car camping pad.

Value


The Trekker is the cheapest of all the products in this review, retailing for $70. This is a good value if you're looking for a comfortable option to bring car camping or to sleepovers. We awarded the REI AirRail our Best Buy Award because we think it's a better overall bang for your buck.

The Trekker is one of the few rectangle pads we tested.
The Trekker is one of the few rectangle pads we tested.

Conclusion


One of the heaviest and bulkiest of the pads we've tested, the REI Trekker is also very comfortable and affordable. We wouldn't necessarily bring it backpacking, as there are many other great options for that purpose, but it is a good choice for your car camping needs.


Jessica Haist