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The 5 Best Camping Mats/Sleeping Pads for Tall People

Want to end a day’s hike sleeping comfortably?

But your toes are hanging out the tent or off your sleeping mat?

We had such good feedback on our previous article of sleeping bags for tall people that we decided to do one on camping pads.

First, I’ll admit comfort when it comes to sleeping pads. Unlike you, some tall folks just no longer bother about finding a pad that fits them out of frustration.

Many would instead settle for an undersized sleeping pad and wear a backpack over their feet for warmth. Imagine a 6’9ft guy sleeping on a pad meant for someone that’s at most 6ft tall.

In this light, I took the time and pleasure to dig up some of the best sleeping pads for tall guys like you. It’s a sweet mix of comfort, quality, and value for towering guys.

Let’s get right to it.

5. Wellax Ultralight Air Sleeping Pad

Comfort and durability are assured when you go for the Wellax Ultralight Sleeping Pad. Despite it being so cheap, you won’t feel your hips digging into the ground or experience leaks when in use.

Key Features

  • Inflated size: 78″ x 24″
  • 2.5″ thick pad
  • 2.1 R-Value
  • Weight: 1 pound

 

What I Like About This Product

There are tons of cheap name brands that make ideal sleeping pads for a short stay outdoors. Or perhaps for relaxation on cold tiles when indoors, due to their affordability.

But this Wellax Ultralight Air camping mat is one of the few, and the only one I know that fits tall persons. At least, it’d size 6’6ft frame comfortably from head to toe.

But that’s just the tip. It’s also relatively wide, which is more appreciated by a tall person with broad shoulders. This way, there’s some room to roll over without the fear of falling off.

What I Don’t Like About This Product

Its mode of inflation is old-school. After a long day’s hike, the few breaths it takes to inflate can be priceless. Nevertheless, it deflates quickly in case you want to leave in a rush. That’s a truce.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Great for short stays
  • Can fit guys up to 6’6ft tall
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Takes long breaths to pump

Ratings

  • Length: 5/5
  • Width: 2.5/5
  • Weight: 4/5
  • Comfort: 3/5
  • Packing: 3/5

 

4. Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad

Big Agnes has some of the most impressive sleeping pads in their lineup of products. Although a bit a pricy, you’ll get what you paid for in return.

Key Features

  • 4.5 R-Value
  • Inflated size: 78″ x 50″
  • 3.5″ thick pad
  • Weighs 3.4 pounds

What I Like About This Product

With a 4.5 R-value rating, this sleeping pad would help you stay chilly on cold nights.

But the most appealing feature is its enormous size. Not only is it long enough to fit most tall guys, but it’s also super wide. It’s like the king-sized bed of the wood, only smaller and mobile.

You might get too comfortable and roll off from the excitement of the excess sleeping real estate. But the straight-lined grooves would keep you cradled on the sleeping pad.

What I Don’t Like About This Product

Weighing almost 3.5 pounds, it’s heavy in backpacking lingo. If you’re cool with trading luxury and warmth for a few extra pounds of load, go for it.

Pros

  • Ample room for guys up to 6’6ft and even higher
  • Perfect for cold sleepers
  • Thick padding for comfort
  • Wide enough for two campers
  • Packs small for mobility

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy

Ratings

  • Length: 5/5
  • Width: 5/5
  • Weight: 2/5
  • Comfort: 5/5
  • Packing: 2/5

 

3. Klymit Static V Extra Wide Luxe Sleeping Pad

If you love the luxury of the Big Agnes sleeping pad but find it expensive, Static V Luxe is a superb affordable alternative.

Key Features

  • 4.4 R-Value
  • Inflated size: 6″ x 30″
  • Packs at 3″
  • 3″ thick pad
  • Weighs 2.2 pounds

What I Like About This Product

It’s a terrific sleeping pad that’s comparable, or even better than mats that cost almost double its price.

It’s large enough in both length and width to comfortably fit a towering person. It’s V shape is also much better than sleeping on the regular mummy-shaped sleeping pads.

What I Don’t Like About This Product

It claims to have a 4.4 r-value but doesn’t seem to be so. If you intend to hike at a temperature even below 30 degrees F, it starts to show.

Pros

  • Top-level comfort
  • Well worth the money
  • Firm support for side sleepers

Cons

  • Not as warm as expected
  • Clumsy to repack in its bag

Ratings

  • Length: 4/5
  • Width: 5/5
  • Weight: 3/5
  • Comfort: 4/5
  • Packing: 3/5

2. Exped Megamat 10 Sleeping Pad

I call the Exped Megamat 10 the Rolls Royce of sleeping pads. Only not super expensive but just as magnificent and elaborate.

If you’re all about comfort and quality, you’d love this sleeping pad.

Key Features

  • Self Inflating with an attached mini pump
  • Insulation for temperatures as low as -47 degrees
  • Inflated size: 77.7 x 30″
  • 3.9″ thick pad
  • Innovative packing sack
  • 5-year warranty

What I Like About This Product

There’s nothing to hate about sleeping on this mat. It almost feels like sleeping on a memory foam mattress. Yet, it can be super firm if that’s you prefer that as a side sleeper.

Moreover, its insulation is top-notch and would’ve had a top-charting R-Value – if it were specified. But from experience, you’d still stay warm on a night with a temperature as low as 2 degrees celsius.

What I Don’t Like About This Product

Being the super sleeping pad it is, it lacks speedy inflation and deflation. It’s the kind of pad you’d sit on to let the air out of it completely for repacking.

And it’s not exactly a great option for backpacking. It weighs over 5 pounds, which can quickly become a burden while hiking even short trails.

Pros

  • Solid firmness and adjustment
  • Easy to inflate
  • Stellar ground insulation

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Heavy and uses up space

Ratings

  • Length: 5/5
  • Width: 4.5/5
  • Weight: 2/5
  • Comfort: 5/5
  • Packing: 2/5

 

1. Nemo Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

The Nemo Tensor pad has been the industry-standard for sleeping pads for quite a while. Fortunately, they also have a large version that’d fit folks as tall as 6’5ft.

Key Features

  • Includes pump sack and adjustable valve
  • Insulation for temperatures as low as -6 degrees
  • Dimension: 76” x 25”
  • Packed size: 9.5″ x 3.5″
  • Lifetime warranty

What I Like About This Product

This pad is all it claims to be. From super comfortable, warm, firm, to easy to pump.

But what I really love about it is that it doesn’t let out loud squawks each time you turn on it. And its pump sack makes it painlessly easy to inflate or deflate the pad.

Nemo doesn’t use an R-value rating, but this sleeper can most definitely be used in frigid temperatures. It’s rated 10 to 20F, which is way below freezing levels.

What I Don’t Like About This Product

I haven’t seen any negative issue that stands out with the Nemo Tensor as at the time of this writing. Except that it’s not the best for tall guys leaning towards being a giant (6″ 7 and above).  And it makes the typical “squeak squeak” sound when you roll in it. But only less noisy and annoying compared to other sleeping pads.

Pros

  • Good bang for your buck
  • Ergonomical rectangular shape
  • Discreetly positioned valve
  • Fast and easy to inflate
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Not as noisy or squeaky as other brands

Cons

  • Not the most affordable sleeping pad

Ratings

  • Length: 5/5
  • Width: 4/5
  • Weight: 4/5
  • Comfort: 5/5
  • Packing: 3/5

 

 

 

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