Therm A Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad Review

Lightweight/Compact  |  Self-inflating  |  Made in USA

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Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad Review

In the market for a lightweight sleeping pad?  Look no further than the Evolite! A combination of highly compressible foam and alightweight lattice-like frame allows this pad to achieve nearly 2 inches of loft while still packing down to the size of a football and weighing in at just over one pound.

Build Quality

The folks at Cascade Designs were thinking outside the box when they dreamed up the Therm-a-Rest Evolite sleeping pad.  By combining a highly compressible foam core with a lightweight lattice-like frame, this pad achieves nearly 2 inches of loft while still packing down to the size of a football. While this sleeping pad is not quite self-inflating, it does come close, and certainly requires less lung-power to blow up to adequate firmness. Testers were quick to note that this sleeping pad was unusually quiet compared to the crackling sound that can often be heard from many other lightweight pads.  Build quality is so far consistent with other Therm-a-Rest products, which means you can expect to own and continue using this pad for years to come (even if you are the type to leave your air mattress rolled up in its stuff sack for months on end).  

Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

 Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

Although relatively self-inflating, you’ll want to use Therm-a-Rest’s standard issue blow valve to reach this pad’s full potential.


Value here is a highly subjective measure, as Therm-a-Rest products are seldom on the economical end of the scale. While it is certainly possible to find a sleeping pad for much less expense, you would be hard-pressed to find one that matches up to the Evolite’s ~ 1 lb. weight and compact size. Therm-a-Rest bills this sleeping pad out as a 3-season pad, but it would not be out of the question to take this out on your next winter camping trip, especially if you brought a solid foam pad to serve as a liner (a practice generally encouraged on winter overnight trips). Only you can put a price on a good night’s sleep, but we feel confident that a good sleeping pad is worth the investment.  

Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

 Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

2 inches of vertical loft keep you and your sleeping bag off the ground and sleeping comfortably.

Initial Review

A sleeping pad with 2 inches of loft is relatively unheard of in the backpacking world, particularly among those who endeavor to pack ultralight. The difference in comfort (and perhaps even sleep quality) was immediately noticeable, even as compared to Therm-a-Rest’s other offerings (such as the ProLite). Bedding down on the hard granite floors of Yosemite was made less painful, and princess-and-the-pea sleepers can take comfort in the fact that small rocks, roots or twigs are easily absorbed. If you’re looking for additional justification to pull the trigger on this sleeping pad consider that Leave-No-Trace principles rarely encourage sleeping on soft grasses patches. Heat loss to the ground was minimal, and sleeping bag ratings are bound to increase.  In short, the EvoLite has soared to the top of our testers’ mattress pad shortlist and for good reason.  

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Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

 Therm-a-Rest Evolite Sleeping Pad

Did we mention it’s compact? A regular pad will compress down to 7.5 x 5 inches and fits easily in the included stuff sack.

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This gear was provided to free of charge by the manufacturer in exchange for our fair and unbiased review.

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