Small and Thin Air Mattress – Our Top 10 Picks – December 2023 Update

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T he results and top picks among thin and small air mattresses and pads are based on statistical modeling of over 3,250 user experiences as well as tests by some of the most prominent names in the camping blogosphere.

This is the 4th update and, this time around, we have broadened the scope to provide a more well-rounded list of recommendations – you’ll see our top picks among classic airbeds, self-inflating, regular and ultra-light pads.

The products are rated in 5 quality categories which are then summed up into a single number – the Overall Rating.

king camp double pad

Last updated: December 2023

Thin / small air mattresses & pads – our picks

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neo air x therm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

Type - Classic pad
‣ Sizes
‣ Regular - 72 x 20 x 2.5 "
‣ Large - 77 x 25 x 2.5 "
‣ Weight for Regular
- 15 oz

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neo air x lite pad

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

Type - Classic pad
‣ Sizes
‣ Small - 47 x 20 x 2.5 "
‣ Regular - 70 x 20 x 2.5 "
‣ Regular - 77 x 25 x 2.5 "
‣ Women's Regular
- 66 x 20 x 2.5 "
‣ Weight for Regular
- 17 oz

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neo air x-therm max pad
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir
X-Therm Max

Type - Classic pad
‣ Sizes
‣ Regular - 77 x 25 x 2.5 "
‣ Large - 77 x 25 x 2.5 "
‣ Weight for Regular
- 17 oz

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lightspeed tpu air mattress

Outdoors TPU

Type - air mattress
‣ Size - 79 x 55 x 6.25 "
‣ Weight - 6 lbs

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klymit static v

Static V

Type - Classic pad
‣ Size - 77 x 23 x 2.5 "
‣ Regular - 77 x 23 x 2.5 "
‣ Weight - 25 oz

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dream series twin air mattress

Dream Series

Type - air mattress
‣ Size - 73 x 38 x 18 "
‣ Weight - 13.5 lbs

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kingcamp double size thin air mattress

Double size

Type - pad / airbed
‣ Size - 76 x 54.3 x 3.9 "
‣ Weight - 7.7 lbs

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zaltana navy blue single small air mattress

Single Blue

Type - air mattress
‣ Size - 73 x 29 x 7.5 "
‣ Weight - 4 lbs

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prolite plus pad

Pro Lite Plus


Type - self-inflatable pad
‣ Sizes
‣ Small - 47 x 20 x 1.8 "
‣ Regular - 72 x 20 x 1.8 "
‣ Regular - 77 x 25 x 1.8 "
‣ Weight for Regular
- 1.25 lbs

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klymit inertia ultralight x frame

Klymit Inertia
X Frame

Type - ultralight pad
‣ Size - 72 x 18 x 1.5 "
‣ Weight - 9.7 oz

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Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm

The NeoAir XTherm was one of our top picks since we created this guide – back in 2015. Yup, 8+ years now. It’s by far the top-rated classic pad and, frankly, it’s hard to see that changing in the foreseeable future.

It’s the only pad with consistently high user satisfaction rate of over 94 %.

What’s better about it?

There are pads our there that weigh 7-10 times as much and have a much lower R-value. That’s why it’s going strong as teh top pick for 4 updates now.

therm a rest x therm neo air
More info - click to expand
When Therm-A-Rest introduced it, it was a mini-revolution in the industry. Here’s what makes it the best:

  • Legit 4-season claim – there are many pads out there that claim to be all-season of four-season, but a fraction of them genuinely deserves the label. Below are a few reasons why.
  • The Triangular Core Matrix – it’s what allows the pad to insulate the sleeper so well using so little material.
  • 4-layer design – the bottom layer  of the triangular baffles “absorbs” cold (or heat) of the ground without transferring it to the top sleeping surface.
  • ThermaCapture technology used for the top – simply put, the material used for the top reflects the warmth your body produces back. This basically turns you and the air around you into a cocoon.
  • Non-slip texture of the top material minimizes sliding and shifting, which is a common issue with lower quality pads, especially when used with a sleeping bag that’s also synthetic
  • Comfort 93% 93%
  • Materials 96% 96%
  • Durability & Longevity 92% 92%
  • Temperature isolation 97% 97%
  • Value for money 90% 90%

Bottom line

Bottom line – in our opinion and based on the statystical analysis, there’s no classic pad that offers the kind of balance between temperature isolation, comfort and size as this Therm-A-Rest.

We’d like to stress that we did not receive any “free sample”, just in case this review reads like over-praising.

This is just an all round superior pad, as simple as that.

Top pick for women – NeoAir X-lite

We’ve been talking and exchanging emails with the top brands for years and one question that keeps popping is regarding their efforts to make a pad to accommodate the specifics of what a woman needs in a pad.

We feel like there’s too much of “pink-it-an-shrink-it” and call it a product for women.

It’s refreshing to see the issue adressed seriously.

therm rest neoair light pad
  • Comfort 92% 92%
  • Materials 95% 95%
  • Durability & Longevity 93% 93%
  • Temperature isolation 90% 90%
  • Value for money 90% 90%

The two options

The difference in the way a woman and a man sleeps is nothing to be shrugged off, it’s a real issue. Women tend to be cold sleepers and need more insulation and comfort, especially in the hips and legs area.

We feel that two products do a great job at doing just that – the Xlite Women’s (link to the original product below) and NeoAir XTherm MAX (which you can see as the next model analyzed).

The former will be the pick of women who are of a smaller frame and the later with be the choice of of both men and women with a larger frame.

NeoAir X-Therm Max

NeoAir XTherm MAX gray unboxing

The race in the pad industrty today comes down to who’s going to make a lighter pad that still has solid insulation.

When every gram matters, most models today are “mummy-shapped”, meaning that the weight is saved by cutting corners, literally, not in terms of quality.

The Xtherm Max will catter to the needs of people who prefer the comfort and the extra space of rectangular pad.

  • Comfort 94% 94%
  • Materials 96% 96%
  • Durability & Longevity 97% 97%
  • Temperature isolation 94% 94%
  • Value for money 89% 89%
Extra space, no extra weight

The sleeep surface is of the X-Therm Max bigger compared to the mummy-shaped models.

Yet, because it uses the same technology (triangular matrix baffles), it weighs the same – 17 oz.

Top value for money
Klymit Static V Lightweight

This Klymit is a runner-up among classic pads and it deserves a mention because it is much more budget-friendly option than the Therm-A-Rest products we mentioned above.

It’s the highest-rated pad in the category of “value for money” and the only pad in its price range with consistent user satisfaction rate of over 90% over the last 4 updates, which translates to 8 months.

The high R-value (4.4) and the low weight and packing size (25 oz and 5 x 8″) make it a unique pick in its price range.

klymit static v light thin air pad
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Durability & Longevity 88% 88%
  • Temperature isolation 92% 92%
  • User satisfaction 90% 90%
  • Value for money 97% 97%
Bottom line of this small / thin pad

The Static V is the pad that we’re singling out in terms of value for money.

There are pads of similar quality, comfort and isolation but most of them cost 2-3 more

Top classic pick among small and thin air mattresses
LightSpeed Outdoors TPU

This is category we didn’t feature in the last update, and it was a mistake. The negative feedback that we received is from people looking a small and thin air mattress…and not a pd, but a classic full airbed.

Lightspeed TPU stands alone

What’s different about it is that it’s one of the few air beds out there that uses TPU fabric (instead of vinyl). This is what allows one of the two things that makes it lighter

The other is the unique size – it’s between a Full and Queen size (79 ” long, 55 ” wide) and it’s the thinnest air bed out there (sitting at just above 6 inches high).

lightspeed tpu 2 person air mattress
  • Air retention 95% 95%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Durability 94% 94%
  • User satisfaction 91% 91%
  • Value for money 92% 92%

Bottom line

The main advantage of the LightSpeed Outdoors TPU uses the fact that TPU fabric is lighter and less stretchy than vinyl.

This means that they it can be thinner and lighter without being less comfortable.

It’s also surprisingly low-priced – we tested and reviewed 106 air beds (and counting) and most of the products with similar quality ratings cost anywhere from 70-300% more.

Top pick among double pads – KingCamp Light

A single unit is a much more practical solution for two people.

The issue is that the choice you have among double pads / airbeds that are thinner than 4 inches are very scarce and we feel that this KingCamp is the obvious choice.

It’s surprisingly light for a double (only 7.7 lbs) and tit features a convenient leg pump – inflation time is about 2 minutes.

king camp double airbed - voted top thin air mattress
  • Comfort 88% 88%
  • Durability & Longevity 87% 87%
  • Temperature isolation 87% 87%
  • User satisfaction 93% 93%
  • Value for money 97% 97%

Bottom line

Bottom line – with a user satisfaction of 85 % the KingCamp Light had no real competition among double pads.

One downside that we feel obligated to mention is that we have seen this particular KingCamp go in and out of stock. You can check if it’s currently available below.

Top pick among raised models
SoundAsleep Twin

This is an raised airbed for home use, it’s a category we didn’t have in the guide until this update.

The choice was pretty simple – we’re going with the product that’s currently by far the most popular for home use – the SoundAsleep Dream Series.

image of soundasleep twin - voted top small air mattress for home use
  • Air retention 92% 92%
  • Comfort 92% 92%
  • Durability 91% 91%
  • User satisfaction 91% 91%
  • Value for money 92% 92%

With a user satisfaction rate of 91% and an Overall Quality rating of 9.2/10, it’s one of the top-rated products overall since it hit the market in 2014.

Top pick in single-size – Zaltana Navy

One of the categories that’s very scarce in choices, because not many brands choose to make the size.

Among the limited choices, we’re going with Zaltana Navy Blue.

It has a satisfaction % of 67, which is is substantially lower than a vast majority of models we reviewed over the years.

image of zaltana single air mattress
  • Air retention 80% 80%
  • Comfort 84% 84%
  • Durability 85% 85%
  • User satisfaction 67% 67%
  • Value for money 82% 82%

Unless space is really tight and your needs can only be met by a single-sized inflatable, we’d recommend going with a better product – like the SoundAsleep Camping Series – click here to see its review.

Top pick among self-inflating pads –
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus

If you know the landscape and the price range in the industry, you know that getting a good self-inflating pad can be a bank-breaker.

The ProLite Plus is not in that category. It costs a fraction of what similar pads from premium, trusted and time-tested brands.

The downside

The one CON that stands for all self-inflating pads is that they don’t pack as small and light as a classic pad. They use open-cell foam, which means that the padding of the foam adds bulk and weight.

The upside

The PRO is that, if punctured, a self-inflating pad will not become useless – the padding of the foam still offers enough padding to sleep on, even if you can’t patch the leak.

thermarest pro lite plus self inflatable sleeping pad
  • Comfort 94% 94%
  • Durability & Longevity 94% 94%
  • Temperature isolation 92% 92%
  • User satisfaction 90% 90%
  • Value for money 92% 92%

Bottom line – this pad is at the sweet spot in terms of value for money vs. comfort and weight.

There are cheaper pads among the self-inflatables, but they don’t really come close to the user satisfaction ratings (91%) of the ProLite Plus.

Klymit Inertia O Zone

The o Zone is somewhere between a classic pad and an ultralight frame pads.

It weighs just over 12 oz, it’s 1.75 ” thin and packs down to 6 x 3 “.

What makes it more comfortable is the unique design of the pillow chamber that inflates separately.

The competition in this category is fierce and what gave this Klymit the edge is the price – it’s significantly more affordable than products of similar quality and ratings.

klymit o zone inertia pad
  • Comfort 87% 87%
  • Durability & Longevity 88% 88%
  • Temperature isolation 90% 90%
  • User satisfaction 92% 92%
  • Value for money 93% 93%

Bottom line

Klymit makes the Static V series (classic pads mentioned above) and the ultralight Inertia Series.

This pad is designed combine the best of the two worlds – the comfort of V Series and the lightness of the Inertia.

Top true ultralight –
Klymit Inertia X Frame

Among the true ultralights, our pick is the Inertia X Frame. In it’s size/weight category it has been our choice in the last 3 updates, which speaks volumes.

As the name suggests, it’s based on using a frame of baffles strategically aligned to provide support at vital points.

It’s THE choice for ultralight hikers and backpackers when every gram matters.

klymit x frame ultralight pad
  • Comfort 86% 86%
  • Durability & Longevity 89% 89%
  • Temperature isolation 90% 90%
  • User satisfaction 94% 94%
  • Value for money 95% 95%

Why it’s our pick

This category was very close. What gave the Inertia a slight edge is the price point and the warranty.

The technology that goes into making a pad that weighs under 10 ounces is costly, but the Inertia is one of the pads that won’t break the bank.

More importantly, it’s backed up by a Lifetime Warranty – which you almost never see the industry.

Reference info – choosing the smallest inflatable mattress that still does the job

The rest of the guide is dedicated to providing some reference infor on what to look for as well as two honorary mentions.

Note: As this is the 3rd update now of the guide, we have changed our criteria somewaht in response to what people/readers told us they’re looking in a product. That particularly goes for the size and what is/isn’t included in the category.

We continue to look for teh way we could make improvements, so if you have a comment about the picks we made above, please do share it in the comments.

Small air mattress – choosing right

Choosing a small air mattress that will be just right for your needs comes down to getting your basics right – the dimensions and the material.

Small air bed for camping

In the scenario, you’ll need to adjust your choice to the tent floor. If the sides are slanted and you’re working with a high-rise, you’ll have to do the math and adjust your choice by taking into account the angles of the tent sides.

Small air mattress – home use

For home use, choosing small air mattress is a peg simpler. It comes down to measuring the space where the inflatable will go, looking at the specs and reading the reviews to make sure that the product you have your eye on is true to size.

Thin air mattress – materials

To choose a good thin air mattress, you’ll have to take a nice hard look at the material. In order for the airbed to be as thin as some of the models we mentioned and still be comfortable, it will have to meet certain criteria.

Material – you noticed that our top picks are unique in terms of the material they’re made of. That’s because, for a thin air mattress to meet the minimum standards of support, it has to be sturdier and less stretchy.

Thin air mattress – inner design

For camping use, you’ll want to go with either high number of chambers of a layered baffle for the inner structure. Those two designs are superior in terms of durability and weight distribution.

Thin air mattress – materials

To choose a good thin air mattress, you’ll have to take a nice hard look at the material. In order for the airbed to be as thin as some of the models we mentioned and still be comfortable, it will have to meet certain criteria.

Material – you noticed that our top picks are unique in terms of the material they’re made of. That’s because, for a thin air mattress to meet the minimum standards of support, it has to be sturdier and less stretchy.

Thin air mattress – inner design

For camping use, you’ll want to go with either high number of chambers of a layered baffle for the inner structure. Those two designs are superior in terms of durability and weight distribution.

therm a rest x therm neo air close up

FAQs about the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Is the pump included?

There is no need for a pump. The way you blow it up is by scooping air into a nylon sack attached to the mattress and squeezing the air in. The idea behind is to have as light and compact air mattress as possible for backpacking or hiking trips that don’t need any special accessories to fill it up.

What is the R-value?

R-value is 5.7

Is this mattress noisy when you move?

It does produce a little bit of noise but nothing intolerable.

Does it come with a carrying pouch?

Yes, it does.

How can I repair it in case it tears?

Special Therm-a-Rest Repair Kits are available. But in case you find yourself without one, repairs can be done by using products commonly found in any shop that specializes in outdoor gear.

For maximum effectiveness, make sure that your mattress is clean and dry before starting the repair. For a smaller leak, a urethane based glue should be used. Dab a small amount of glue, enough to cover and seal the hole completely and let dry for 24 hours. For an instant repair, you can use a peel-and-stick bicycle tube patch on the whole.

For larger tears use a self-adhesive fabric patch. These can be found in outdoor gear shops. Cut the patch to size and apply a small amount of urethane based glue to the back of the patch and around the area you wish to cover. Stick the patch on and press firmly, wiping away any excess glue.

Allow at least 24 hours to dry before blowing up the mattress again.

What can I do in case water gets inside the mattress?

Open the air valve and roll up the mattress to force the water to come out. Depending on the amount of water in the mattress, you might have to repeat this a few times. Once all of the water is out, hang the mattress upside down in a warm, dry place with the valve open.

It might take several days for it to completely dry.

How do I clean it once it gets dirty?

Cleaning with warm soapy water is recommended. The easiest way would be to place the mattress, with the air valve closed, in the bathtub or shower and wash with mild detergent.

Keep in mind, to never use the washing machine to wash it.

For more stubborn stains like tree sap or tar use a cotton rag soaked in rubbing alcohol. To eliminate any residual stickiness dust lightly with talc or baby powder when you’re done with the cleaning.

Once deflated, does all air come out?

Yes, the majority of air will come out of the mattress once deflated. To deflate, simply open the air valve and roll the mattress starting from the bottom up.

klymit v green close up

FAQs about the Klymit Static V Lightweight

What is the weight limit for this product?

There is no certain weight that would cause the sleeping pad to pop- however after around 300 lbs the chances of it bottoming out start to increase. Distributing weight evenly over a larger area stops this from happening.

Does it comes with an air pump?

No, but it’s really not needed with this sleeping pad. A few good, deep breaths are enough to blow it up. In case there is a need for a pump, one can be used with the right valve adapter.

How quick is it to deflate and pack up?

To deflate the pad, open the valve and roll it up. To get the remaining bit of air out, fold it sideways twice so that it’s the same width as the bag and roll it up. When packed, it’s very small, thin and lightweight.

Will it keep warm in cold weather?

Since it’s inflatable, it will keep you off the ground which does help with the cold to some degree. However, the pad itself has no insulation. A sheet of home insulation under the pad will add a bit of warmth if you’re using it outdoors.

Is it waterproof?

Yes, the material the pad is made of can handle damp and wet conditions just fine. It is suitable for difficult camping conditions as well as dry weather.

What is the R-value on this sleeping pad?

R-Value: 1.3

Since this is a blow-up mattress, are there any issues with mildew growing after a while?

To avoid moisture building up in the pad, store it unrolled with the air valve open in a dry environment. Avoid humid places like the garage or the attic.

Would it be suitable to use in a hammock?

The way that it’s made allows it to easily crease and bend to adapt to the surface it is on. Meaning that it would be perfect to use in a hammock since it is soft and comfortable.

What material is it made of?

It’s made of lightweight, durable nylon that inflates very easy and packs up small.

Is it washable?

To clean it use mild soap and water but never machine wash. By using the washing machine to clean the pad, you risk ruining the seals on the product.

Does it make crackling noises?

It shouldn’t make any uncomfortable noise. But to make sure it doesn’t, the pad should be blown up as tightly as possible.

Will it fit inside a sleeping bag?

As long as the sleeping bag is approximately the same dimensions as the pad or larger it should fit without a problem.

What are the measurements?

72″ long, 23″ wide, 2″ high when rolled and packed.
3″ diameter by 2″ long. Weighs 18.1 oz.

lightspeed tpu air mattress

FAQs about the top pick among small air mattresses – LightSpeed Outdoors TPU

The Lightspeed ticks all the boxes we mentioned when we talked about chosing a good thin and small air mattress.

Which batteries do I need for the pump?

4 type D batteries

Does it smell bad right out of the box?

The issue with most airbeds is that they will have a plastic, chemical smell to them and will need to be aired out. However, this is not the case with this mattress. It has no unpleasant odor and can be used straight out of the box.

Is it treated with flame retardants or any other harsh chemicals?

No, it has not been treated with any chemicals that pose a risk to your health

What are the dimensions when inflated?

The dimensions are 55″x79″, slightly smaller than a queen size mattress. Large enough to fit a 4 person tent and yet, it’s

What are the dimensions when deflated and folded up?

Deflated and rolled up into its storage bag, the mattress is about the size of a sleeping bag. Approximately 2x2x1 inches with 12’’-18’’ in diameter depending on how tight you roll it.

The storage bag is quite spacious, so the mattress will fit no matter how you fold it.

Is it comfortable enough for side sleeping?

The comfort level (firmness) can be adjusted to your liking by how much air you pump in. This may take a little bit of trial and error but it is possible to adjust it to your preference.

Can it be easily popped by an animal, i.e cat or a dog?

Almost any air bed is at risk from being damaged by a pet. To add an extra protective layer try using a light mattress protector and a fitted sheet on top.

Can the pump be used with a cigarette lighter adapter rather than batteries?

No, it can only be used with batteries

What is the weight capacity?

It has been tested up to 500 pounds of weight, which is the maximum it can carry.

I’m planning a backpacking trip and I’d like to know the weight of the mattress without the pump.

When deflated, it weighs 5 pounds, 8 ounces without the pump. Keep in mind that this is a bulky, heavy mattress. It takes around 10 minutes to fully inflate with the pump. This particular mattress would be great for car camping. Consider a smaller sleeping pad as a more practical option for backpacking.

What is the warranty on this product?

The mattress comes with a 1-year limited warranty provided by the manufacturer. The warranty starts from the date of purchase.

Can it be used on water?

It’s not designed to be waterproof but it can withstand a little bit of liquid. However, it is not recommended to be used as a pool toy/mattress.

klymit inertia pad

Slim, thin and narrow air mattress – about our pick

FAQs about the Klymit Inertia O Zone

This is probably the narrowest and lightest air mattress (if you can call it that) that still ofers solid insulation.

What is the overall length of the pad, including the pillow?

The total length is 72’’. The exact dimensions of the entire pad are : 72″ x 21.5″ x 1.75″

Is the pillow detachable?

No, the pillow is the part of the pad and it’s not detachable. There are also pads without a pillow available as well as separate pillows.

The pillow has a separate valve, so it is completely up to you whether or not you wish to inflate it.

Is it flexible enough to fit into a hammock?

The material used to make the air pad is soft and it shouldn’t have an issue forming to the shape of a hammock. Keep in mind it is not insulated, so you will need some sort of insulation between the hammock and the pad.

How do I inflate it?

You only need a few strong breaths to inflate it. It is designed so that there is no need for a bulky air pump. When deflated and rolled up, it packs up really small. The size makes it ideal for backpackers.

High off the ground does it get once fully inflated?

The air pad is 1.75’’ thick.

How big is it when fully deflated and packed up?

It packs down really small. About the size of a soda can. Once rolled up and packed up in its bag, it weighs 12 ounces.

The exact measurements when packed are 3.5″ x 6″

What’s the material of the body?

The top is made of 30D and the bottom from 75D polyester fabric. The fabric is very lightweight and resistant to tears and punctures.

Does it come with a repair kit?

Yes. A patch kit for emergency repairs is included with the pad. It comes stored in a small integrated pocket located at the top of the storage bag.

What exactly is Body Mapping?

Body mapping is a technology used in producing the Klymit air pads that allow them to be ultra-lightweight and compact while adapting to the contours of the body.

The cutouts, also called loft pockets, increase warmth by trapping air underneath you and increase the breathability of the pad when used in warm conditions.

What’s the R-value?

Klymit Inertia air pads use the warmth (R-value) of your sleeping bag and as such don’t have an R-value of their own. The R-value depends entirely on the quality of your sleeping bag and any other insulation you use with it.

Narrow air mattress – a word of advice

Even when you need a narrow air mattress or pad, it still has to serve it’s primary purpose and be wide enough for your shoulders. I know that this sounds commonplace but you’d be surprised by the number of people that go to narrow for comfort.

In other words – don’t just go for the smallest inflatable mattress…account for your body type and conditions.

That relates to outdoor use (first image below).

For home use, the narrow airbeds are typically single and there are very few good ones that are 30 inches wide or less.

How narrow is too narrow?

My tip – if the space allows it, aim for at least 35-40 inches in models for home use.

That falls well within the category of “narrrow air mattress” but it’s still wide enough for comfort. If you have to go smaller than that, your choices are limited to the low-rises.

Below are the images to illustrate my point on the narrowness of an airbed.

klymit inertia x frame lite

FAQs about the Klymit Inertia X Frame – the minimal air mattress

Is the bag included?

Yes. It comes with a stuff bag large enough to fit both the pad and the pump.

Does it come with a repair kit?

Yes, it does. It comes stored in an integrated pocket on top of the storage bag. The repair kit includes several patches made from the same material as the pad.

Would it be suitable for side sleepers?

It doesn’t offer much support when lying on your side. This pad would be much better if you’re someone that likes to sleep on their back or stomach.

What is the total weight, including the pump?

The pad weighs 334 grams with the pump and the stuff bag. Both the pump and the pad are very small when packed up and take up barely any space.

How long does it take to inflate?

It’s fully inflated in as little as 3 to 5 breaths. A hand pump is included for a quicker inflation and higher PSI. The design of the valve allows for micro adjustments of pressure and comfort.

Can I use it inside my sleeping bag?

Yes, it can be used both inside the sleeping bag and underneath it. Using it in the sleeping bag keeps the body on the pad the entire night, without slipping off.

How do I clean it?

To clean your pad, wash in warm water with mild detergent and hang to dry. If you have a stubborn stain or if the pad is really dirty, mix 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon baking soda, wipe down with a washcloth and rinse thoroughly.

What are the dimensions of the pad, both inflated and deflated?

When inflated the size of the pad is 42 x 18 x 1.5 inches. Deflated and packed up, it is 2.5x5x5 inches.

Honorary mentions #1

OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Pad

OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad – FAQs

Is there a chemical/plastic smell?

No, it’s odorless.

What are the dimensions of the pad when inflated?

The dimensions are 73 inch x 21.6 inch x 2.2 inch.

How small is it when packed up? How much does it weigh?

It is about 6 inches in diameter and 12 inches long when packed. Overall, very small and compact, weighing only 15 oz. with the sack.

What is the recommended weight limit on the pad?

Around 200 pounds

I plan on camping in the colder climates, will this pad be a good choice for that?

The pad has no insulation, so it’s not designed for very cold weather. However, using an insulation pad underneath should fix that problem.

Does it comes with a repair kit?

It comes with two patches but no glue. Any epoxy or strong adhesive will do the trick.

Can it be washed?

Yes, but hand wash only with warm water and mild detergent. To drain any excess water, hang the pad vertically. Since it’s waterproof, it should dry fairly quickly.

Is it good for ground insulation in a tent?

Its R-value is 1.3, so no. It wouldn’t provide enough insulation to keep warm.

Does it come with an air pump?

No need for one. To inflate it simply blow air (breathe) into the air valve. An average of 15-20 deep breaths is enough to fill it up completely.

What kind of fabric is this pad made of?

It’s made of ultra lightweight, ripstop 20D, silicone coated nylon fabric.

How well would it work as an insulation in a hammock?

Considering it is not made for low temperatures, it might not do much for you if you’re using it colder conditions. However, if you place it underneath or inside of your sleeping bag, it should help to keep you both comfortable and warm. It would be ideal for outdoor trips in fair, warm weather.

How noisy is to sleep on? I’m a light sleeper and I’m worried the sound will wake me up

The pad is relatively quiet and doesn’t produce any loud or uncomfortable sounds. It should be ok to sleep on, even for a light sleeper.

Could it be overinflated? I’m worried it might pop.

How much air goes into the mattress depends completely upon you. The mattress should be inflated just enough so it is firm and keeps you off the ground. The nylon fabric it is made of is very strong so there is no need to worry about it suddenly bursting.

Does it slide?

The drawback of the ultralight nylon is that it has no grit, it’s very smooth and so it will slide off of almost anything. You can use sleeping pad straps to prevent that from happening.

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TNH Outdoors pad – FAQs

What is the size of the pad when rolled out?

71 by 22 inches (1.7m)


R-value is 3-4. It is not the warmest of sleeping pads, but it’s thicker than most foam pads and offers greater insulation.

How do I inflate and deflate it?

The pad will start to inflate on its own once you’ve removed it from the compression sack and unscrewed the air valve. To finish fully inflating the pad, place your lips around the air valve and blow air into it. Once you’ve reached the desired firmness, screw the valve back to the “closed” position.

To deflate, simply unscrew the air valve, fold the pad in half lengthwise and begin to roll tightly, starting from the bottom up. This will push the remaining air out. Once completely rolled up and empty, tighten the valve to stop the pad from reinflating on its own and place back into the compression bag.

What are the dimensions when deflated and packed?

When stored in the carry bag, the pad is 5 and ¾ inches in diameter and 11 and ½ inches in length

Is it waterproof?

Yes, the pad itself is water resistant, however, the carry pouch isn’t.
The weather conditions would have to be well into the extreme to experience any problems that might affect the use of the pad.

Is the pad treated with any kind of flame retardants?

No, unfortunately, it isn’t. It’s not recommended to be very near an open flame.

Is the pad noisy when you move around?

Not at all. Probably one of the quietest pads on the market today.

What is the weight limit for this?

It can take well over 400 pounds. It was designed and built to be reliable as well as comfortable.

Can it be used on a cot?

As long as the dimensions of the cot are compatible with the pad, there shouldn’t be a reason why not.

Updates of this guide

To make sure that we stay on top of things, we update this guide on bi-monthly basis.

Once a year, we do a complete overhaul, re-test and update our ratings. We send out the products to be re-evaluated by our featured testers.

We usually do it in March-May, since it takes about 40 days to update the pool of data and the ratings and we can meet the season with updated ratings.

What this means for you is that the information you see is relevant and fresh.

The Sleep Studies Team

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  • Bob Ozment

    Bob has been testing and writing about all things sleep (and especially blankets, air mattresses and folding beds), for 8+ years now. before that, he worked as a Quality Assurance Manager with one of the bigger names in the sleep industry. He holds a masters degree Statistics, Actuarial & Data Sciences from the central Michigan University at Mount Pleasant. He's one of the people who designs our producing testing and statistical models. He’s a stomach sleeper, but nobody’s perfect.