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Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso

*Est. $18
Reviewed by ConsumerSearch
Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso

Super-light foam sleeping mat.

Pros
  • Extremely light (3.4 ounces)
  • Insulates well (R-value 2.27)
  • Doubles as padded backpack frame
  • Durable
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Narrow (18 inches)
  • Bulky for packing
  • Three-season use only

We found the best review of the Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso sleeping pad at Backpacking Light magazine, where staff has tested all the lightest sleeping pads available. Owner-written reviews at Trailspace.com and at the blog BrettOnStuff.com show how versatile closed-cell sleeping pads like this can be, since they're easy to cut and reassemble or combine as needed.

Reviews praise the 3.4-ounce Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso length foam sleeping mat as the best ultralight sleeping pad, especially since it folds into thirds to double as a padded frame for an ultralight backpack. The egg-crate closed-cell foam insulates well, but this is a torso pad so it's only meant to pad your shoulders and hips. Tests find it warmer, more resilient and more durable than the popular Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite closed-cell sleeping pad (*est. $35), but you can also combine the two for winter camping. If carrying minimal weight isn't as much of a concern, we found the best reviews overall for the Therm-a-Rest ProLite 3 Regular (*est. $85), a 20-ounce inflatable full-length sleeping pad.

Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. BackpackingLight.com

This detailed review covers both the pros and cons of the Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso sleeping pad, noting that it provides better comfort for the weight than most.

Review: Gossamer Gear NightLight Sleeping Pad (Torso Length) Review, Doug Johnson

2. Trailspace.com

The review here praises the comfort of this sleeping pad, noting that you can also buy the longer NightLight pad, cut it into four pieces and attach them with Velcro for packing.

Review: Gossamer Gear NightLight Torso Length Sleeping Pad, Contributors to Trailspace.com

3. BrettOnStuff.com

This backpacking enthusiast starts out with the longer NightLight pad but finds it too bulky, opting for the torso length instead, plus a piece of Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation.

Review: Gossamer Gear Nightlight Sleeping Pad, Brett Marl, Dec. 2007

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