Hands-on Gear Review

REI Co-op Trekker - Women's Review

REI Co-op Trekker
Price:  $70 List | $69.95 at REI
Pros:  Comfortable, warm, inexpensive
Cons:  Heavy and bulky
Bottom line:  This comfortable rectangle shaped pad is heavy and bulky but a decent choice for short trips or car camping.
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Type:  3 season
R Value:  4.2
Packed Size (inches):  23.62 x 5.12 in
Manufacturer:   REI Co-op

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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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Haist

Last Updated:
Tuesday
May 22, 2018

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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 slightly warmer than our Editors' Choice, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Women's, and not quite as warm as our Top Pick for 4-season camping the Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated. 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 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 heaviest product in this review. The Comfort Plus is the second heaviest at 26.5 ounces, but has a smaller packed size and 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


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

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