The Therm-a-Rest Z Lite is a versatile sleeping pad that's ready for anything. This is the most compact closed-cell foam pad we've tested. Unfortunately, it's not the most comfortable or the most durable. For a more durable and more comfortable foam pad get the Therm-a-Rest SOLite. If you plan to use this pad in the winter get the Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol, whose reflective layer increases warmth by 20 percent without adding any weight ($5 extra).
If inflatable foam pads are your style, go for the Therm-a-Rest Prolite ($60 more), our top-rated pad in this category. Or, for the best portable sleeping pad on the market get the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm. Weighing just one ounce more than the Z-Lite, the XTherm is many times warmer and more comfortable.
If you're 5' 6" or under check out our Women's Sleeping Pad Review. And finally, if comfort is top priority, get yourself a Car Camping Mattress. Sleeping outdoors on these mattresses just might change your life. They're that good.