Sleeping Pads for Camping & Backpacking
In camping, floor pads, sleeping pads, thermal pads, sleeping mats, or roll mats are lightweight mats that are common among hikers, backpackers, and budget travelers and are often used in conjunction with sleeping bags. Their purpose is to provide padding and insulation. All types currently available use air as their primary form of insulation.
In their simplest form, sleeping pads consist of a foam-like material about half a centimeter thick (about a quarter of an inch). The size of the pad is usually roughly the same length as the sleeping bag, but slightly wider. Subtle variations in design can be found, such as corrugations in the foam, but these do not significantly affect the pad’s thermal performance.
The main purpose of the pad is to prevent the body from dissipating heat to the ground while sleeping. The material used is usually filled with air pockets that slow down the heat transfer through the mat, as air is one of the best (and cheapest) insulators. The air pockets also serve to cushion the body from any rocks or other objects that might be underneath.
There are a number of ways to inflate sleeping pads, the most common being via a small built-in foot pump, or by mouth. Some models have a valve that can be opened to allow air to flow in and then closed to trap the air inside. Inflating by mouth can be tiring, and may introduce moisture to the pad.
At Powtegic.com, we offer a wide selection of sleeping pads to suit any and all camping needs. Whether you’re looking for an ultralight pad for backpacking or a more cushioned one for car camping, our selection offers something for everyone. Our selection includes self-inflating mats that are ideal for those who don’t want to take the time to inflate the pad, as well as closed-cell foam mats that are perfect for lightweight camping trips. We also offer sleeping pads in a variety of sizes and shapes, from rectangular sleeping mats to mummy-style ones designed specifically for ultralight backpacking.
No matter which style you choose, you’ll find that our sleeping pads are made from high-quality materials and designed to last. Our self-inflating mats feature insulation for extra warmth during cold nights, and all of our sleeping pads come with a repair kit in case of punctures or tears. With our large selection at Powtegic.com, you’re sure to find the perfect sleeping pad for your camping needs. Shop our selection today and get ready for a comfortable night of sleep outdoors!