There are few things that make camping more comfortable than a really great sleep pad but the truth is it can be really difficult to find one that works if you’re a side sleeping. That’s why we researched some of the top-rated sleeping pad and put together this sleeping pad buying guide to find out which one works best sleeping pad for side sleepers. Before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features to keep in mind.
Waterproof: It’s always a good idea for your outdoor gear to be waterproof but having a high-quality water-resistant pad is good, too. We found both a little bit of both. Look for the details in the individual reviews.
Size: This is the size of the pads when they’re expanded. If you’re really tall, pay close attention to the dimensions to make sure you get one that’s long enough. You certainly don’t want to worry about your legs hanging off.
Material: The type of material the pad is made of directly relates to how durable it is. Look for something that can stand up to abrasions and punctures if you want something that’s truly built to last.
Color Options: A lot of these pads are only available in plain colors like black, blue, and gray but there are some that give you a variety of beautiful colors to choose from. Color doesn’t affect comfort but it sure is fun.
Weight: Weight is particularly important if you’re going to be carrying this pad around in your pack. In that case, you don’t want to add any unnecessary weight. Luckily, some of these pads only weigh around a pound.
Inflatable: All but one of these pads is inflatable. That said, they don’t all inflate the same way. They have either self-inflating valves to foot pumps to manual inflation. But don’t worry, even the manual ones are designed to inflate quickly.
Now that you know what to look for, let’s move into our sleeping pad reviews. Here’s how it works. If you’re in a hurry, check out our top and budget picks first. That’s the best way to see the range that’s available and we put them right at the top of the list so they’re really easy to find. All of these products are very different, though, so stick around to see them all. Are you ready? Let’s get started.