Eastern Mountain Sports Basic Pad

Priced: $11.98 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 13 reviews.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Basic Pad - Lighter, puncture free, if you want a sleeping pad to handle abuse, the EMS Basic Pad should be your choice.

Country of Origin: Imported


  • Lighter than self inflating pads, the basic pad can be trimmed to meet your specifications
  • Good for kids or as a back up pad when space is available
  • Ideal as a second pad on really cold surfaces or expedition where a punctured pad can spell disaster


  • Insulating foam keeps you off the ground for a warmer nights sleep


  • Impervious to water, dries off almost instantly
  • In event of a bad tear it can be permanently repaired with duct tape
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Length:72 in.
Packed Size:7.5 x 20 in.
Sleeping Pad Type:Closed-Cell Foam
Storage Sack:No
Stuff Sack:No
Weight:11 oz.
Width:20 in.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Basic Pad Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Not too bad

It is the most basic of sleeping pads, but that's exactly what I was looking for. I've tried inflatable pads, air/foam hybrids, no pad at all, but was never able to get a good night of sleep. This guy definitely gave me the right level of comfort that I was looking for. This pad is so light that unless you're the type of person who strives to shave off ounces by cutting the bristles on your toothbrush in half, you won't even notice it on your back. It's bulkier than an inflatable pad would be, but that's the trade off for using foam. I just lash it on my pack with a few straps, and then don't think twice about it until it's time to make camp. At a price this inexpensive, you've really got nothing to lose if you just throw it in with your next order and give it a try.
Nick at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2010

Great value

I don't use this mat alone, (and neither should you,) but with a Thermarest Trail Regular. I'm not sure what the r-value is, but it does help to make a 4-season setup with a 0° down bag. I cut about a foot off the bottom for use as a seat, and at 5'8", still plenty of length to keep all of me off the cold ground.

I don't strap it to my pack, but instead roll it loosely and let it expand in my 50L pack, and then put my gear inside that. Makes for a good load balance.

This is a perfect way to expand the thermal rating of your winter sleep setup.

I like the removable straps. They're useful around the campsite for other things.
bigsilk at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2012

All you need

This is a good pad for SUL backpacking. Its not as light as the Gossamer Gear Thinlite pads, but it is fairly comfortable. I cut mine down to torso-length and it only weighs 4 ounces. Plus, its nice to pull out of the pack to sit on if I'm taking a break for rest/lunch. If there's snow on the ground, I'll back it up underneath a full-length Ridge Rest for extra insulation. If I break an arm or a leg, the pad can pull double duty as an emergency splint. The price is good, too.
Ultralight Adam at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2009

You can't get more simple than this

As basic as you can get. This is so inexpensive and easy to put on your pack, its a great low cost solution. You can easily trim off the sides to fit inside your pack if you are an alpine climber or a pure minimalist. And as cheap as it is, you don't feel so badly cutting it up. A basic pad like this is also a great emergency piece of equipment to bring for first aid.
Lora at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014


Bought another brand that was thinner and not as dense. This was dense and solid, ready for years of wear. It is exactly the same (except for color) as my 25 year old one I've had since college which got me through a month of sleeping in Alpine terrain. Bought these for my kids. Also, not smelly to begin with and no smell at all after one day in sun. I like lower toxin camping.
Ellen at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2009

Nice Pad

I actually got this pad for the dogs when we backpack. They get cold sleeping on the ground and this pad has really helped. It's a little bulky but super light weight. I just roll it up and attach it to the bottom outside of my pack. It also works great for something to sit or lay on around camp.
Laura at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2013

Best Value for the Price

I've had inflatable thermarests before but this is just as comfortable and you never have to worry about it deflating. Very light weight and easy to pack for overnights hikes. You really can't go wrong adding this to your arsenal.
Brooklyn J at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2013

Lightweight insulation

I purchased two of these for my kids in Boyscouts. Durable, budget conscious choice that truly works well. It is not collapsible - but offers great protection from the ground.
Gus at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2012

Great pad

Great pad! I cut mine down as well to save space and it gets the job done just fine. It is also very affordable.
Schlosky at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2010

Good pad for the price

Haven't used it yet, but product seems worth the money.
Michael at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Neutral Reviews:

Looks like it will do!

This is my first sleeping pad and have not yet tried it. Looks like it will do and is very lightweight, too, for the intended purpose of bicycletouring.
bikedreamer at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2013

You get what you pay for.

I would recommend trying something different.
tiredandsore at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 09/09/2010