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How We Tested Sleeping Pad for Women

By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor
Friday May 24, 2019

Our test team included a host of hardcore ladies and a few gentlemen who put these pads to the test all over the country while on climbing trips in the Alaska Range, thru-hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail, hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim, and backpacking portions of the Sierra High Route and John Muir Trail. This gave us ample opportunity to test these pads in all kinds of conditions, from snowy slopes to hard granite slabs to prickly desert landscapes. We did a lot of sleeping, reading books, inflating and deflating, and generally lounging on these pads to properly try them out, and we solicited feedback from multiple women. We put these mattresses through their paces by rolling and folding them up and stuffing them in our packs. We waited to see how long it took for them to self-inflate. We put them on sheets of Tyvek, in tents, and directly on the ground to see what they could handle. Sometimes our testers even did yoga on them.

Becca packing up the compact Therm-A-Rest ProLite Women's sleeping pad.
Becca packing up the compact Therm-A-Rest ProLite Women's sleeping pad.