Manufactured by Cascade Designs for over 40 years, the humble Therm-a-rest started life as a leaky foam gardening pad in the hands of some outdoor enthusiast aerospace engineers. They were trying to solve the simple problem of how to get a good night's sleep out in the wilderness when the world's first self-inflating mattress was born.
Today Therm-a-rest is a globally-recognised name, with an innovative range of sleeping mats, sleeping bags, piillows, blankets, seats, chairs and hammocks - each one aimed at maximising the enjoyment and comfort you experience in that all-important time outdoors.
Therm-a-rest are a clever bunch of guys who build some amazingly technical and forward-thinking design into their products. Their reflective Thermacapture technology reflects radiant heat back into your body - one of the key ways that they can provide maximum warmth with minimum weight and bulk. Whether it's built into the internal layers of a sleeping mat or sewn into one of their sleeping bags, Thermacapture is just one of the reasons that Therm-a-rest products are trusted by some of the world's top expeditions.
Introduced in 2009, their NeoAir mattress was hailed by many as one of the most exciting new bits of tech in the world of outdoor sleep comfort. Industry magazines and experienced users hailed its ability to provide unrivaled wamth at ulta-low weights, proving that even after 40 years in the game, Therm-a-rest are still at the forefront of technology and innovation.
What you need to know about buying a Therm-a-rest sleeping mat
If you're looking to pick up a Therm-a-rest sleeping mat, you'll want to consider the insulation R-Value, along with the size and weight that the mat packs down to. Luckily, we've produced this handy Therm-a-rest mat comparison table and buy guide to help you make sense of it all.