Therm-a-Rest GuideLite - Long Sleeping Pads

GuideLite - Long

This sleeping pad's advanced, die-cut LiteFoam(TM) offers a 20% savings in weight and bulk over the Long-length Therm-a-Rest Standard. Non-slip, highly-texturized Staytek(TM) polyester top keeps your sleeping bag in place. Durable nylon oxford bottom resists dampness and dirt. High-flow inflation valve with free-spinning head for easy use even with mittens on.

User Reviews (7)

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Backpacker Girl   Backpacker [Aug 28, 2004]

I bought this mattress years ago and I love it!!! It is so comfortable. This is well worth the money. If you are backpacking in cold conditions, this pad will also keep you warm. I loaned it out to a family who instantly fell in love with it. He went and bought one when he got back. They make the 3/4 length and the full length. I would highly recommend the full length. Also I would like to add that you should store them at home inflated. It keeps the foam inside in tip-top shape so that it will self-inflate every time. I have had mine for years and it always self-inflates. This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of gear!!!

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5
VALUE
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5
gijason   Backpacker [Jan 15, 2003]

Great groundpad. I spent my first couple backpacking trips on a "ridge-rest" foam pad. It's huge compared to my thermarest (I fold mine in half before rolling so I can store it inside my pack), and doesn't provide half the comfort. I've used my thermarest in all ranges of temperatures, and have always stayed warm, dry, and most of all comfortable. Definetly a must have item. I would agree with everyone above also...go with the full length rest. On a my first backpacking trip the tent I was using literally filled with water. My buddy on his thermarest stayed above the water and dry (his sleeping bag too) while I didn't sleep a wink. It's sometimes all too important to keep those feet off the ground.

Similar Products Used: Ridge-rest foam pad, 2.5" thick thermarest (recently picked up used with the chair attachment for $50, couldn't turn it down for car-camping)
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5
VALUE
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5
LtDAN   Backpacker [Dec 18, 2002]

Good pad, I have used it in a number of conditions. It has performed well. I find if you get the Chair kit, and use that to start the rolling you can get a really tight roll on your pack. My only problem is that I like to sleep on my side and that can be a bit of a pain.

Customer Service

No experience

Similar Products Used: Ensolite Pad, open cell egg crate pad
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4
VALUE
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4
Kevin McManus   Climber [Aug 03, 2002]

Great product, had it for several years now. Used it all over Europe, in camping barns, in tents, at friends houses and in a box trailer. Was originally a person that was very happy sleeping on an uneven ground, but bought it mainly for sleeping on flat floors in cold barns in the winter. In these sort of conditions it will add over a season to your sleeping bag. Now use it whereever I go. However, in a tent in the summer I will often find myself rolling off of it because I have got too hot. Have lent it to several friends in the past and all wanted one imediatly. The seat adapter is also suprisingly comfy. If you have the money and aren't woried by the weight by the full length one, you'll regret it otherwise. (I have the full length one)

Customer Service

Great, after several years of heavy use the T-A-R started to become delaminated, took it back to Cotswolds on the Monday telling them that I was going away on the friday, under the life time guarenty

Similar Products Used: Standard Roll mats, just the floor, camping beds (years ago)
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5
VALUE
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5
brownsnake77   Backpacker [Feb 28, 2002]

Therm-A-rest really sets the standard when it comes to pads, and the guidelight is a great marriage of weight and comfort. I went with the full length because it keeps your feet warmer than clothes stuffed under your sleeping bag. While many consider the 1.5" pad a luxury, many others consider it a necessity, and I just consider it priceless. If you want a pad, try out the ultralight, if it just isn''t comfortable enough, or you have a hard time sleeping anyway, go with the Guidelight. Plenty comfy and your pack won''t notice the difference.

Customer Service

Backwoods is great and so are the people.

Similar Products Used: Blue foam thingy...ouch.
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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
TheAlpineZone   Mountaineer [Jan 07, 2002]
Strength:

None

I have found this pad to be extremely comfortable while still be light and rugged. Its staytek fabric and its small roll up profile is a huge advantage over its original. Also at 1 1/2 inch think its an ultimate winter pad as well. Excellent product, excellently designed, excellent workability. Hands down you cannot go wrong with this pad and worth every penny.

Customer Service

Never needed to call them.

Similar Products Used: Thermarest original, ridgerest
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Backpacker Jim   Backpacker [Dec 05, 2001]
Strength:

None

I have had the Guidelite for a year now and I will have to say that it is the best pad I have ever used and I have used a lot of them in my time. I have been backpacking for thirty years now. unlike the foam pads the Guide lite is very soft on the ground. It beats the ridge rest and z-foam rest hands down as they will let you feel every stick and rock you missed while cleaning off a place for the tent. I tore my z-foam pad in half and use it as a chair now up against a tree. I have also used some of the other pads like the camplite. Good pads but not soft enought for me. The only thing I like better that the guidelite is an air mattress but they weigh two to three pounds more. The guidelite is the perfect combination of a foam pad and an air mattress with the thickness just right. If you want a pad that is soft and comfortable, but light this is it. if mine wore out I would go back to the store and buy anouther one just like this one. I have heard a lot of good things about the LE Camprest but have no experience with that one.

Customer Service

no experience

Similar Products Used: air mattresses, camp light, egg crate pads, z-foam rest, ridge rest,
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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