In the early 1970s, three friends—John Burroughs, Jim Lea, and Neil Anderson—set out to revolutionise outdoor sleep comfort. John, an experienced mountaineer and Boeing engineer, desired a better sleeping pad for his adventures. Along with Jim and Neil, who had recently lost their jobs, they innovated a lightweight, comfortable, and durable sleeping pad. The breakthrough came when Jim realised that open-cell foam in an airtight chamber could create a self-inflating pad, combining foam and air for superior comfort and insulation.

By 1972, Cascade Designs, Inc. was established to bring the Therm-a-Rest self-inflating mattress to market, revolutionising outdoor comfort. In 1985, Therm-a-Rest expanded to Europe with a production facility in Midleton, Ireland, to better serve its international customer base.

Therm-a-Rest continued to innovate with products like the RidgeRest® and Z Lite™ pads, and in 1994, they pioneered the integration of sleeping pads and sleeping bags. Ongoing advancements, such as die-cut foams and pressure-mapping, kept Therm-a-Rest at the forefront of the industry. Recognitions included Backpacker Magazine's Editor's Choice Gold Award and being named one of the five best outdoor inventions of all time.

In 2009, the NeoAir® insulated air pad set a new standard for warmth-to-weight ratios in camping pads. 

Today, Therm-a-Rest remains the worldwide leader in outdoor comfort, committed to quality and innovation. Designing products from personal experience and producing the majority in-house, Therm-a-Rest ensures adventurers can enjoy a better night's rest under the stars.

When it comes to sleeping mats, Therm-a-Rest offers a wide variety of options to suit your needs. Whether you prefer the compact and lightweight design of the NeoAir series for backpacking trips or something more luxurious, you'll find the perfect sleeping mat for your adventures.

Therm-a-Rest's sleeping bags are designed to keep you warm and cosy during chilly nights in the great outdoors. With innovative features like Zoned Insulation and ThermaCapture technology, these sleeping bags are engineered to provide unmatched comfort and warmth.

In addition to mattresses and sleeping bags, we also offer a range of Therm-a-Rest outdoor accessories. Explore our selection of pillows, quilts, and sleeping accessories, all designed to enhance your outdoor experience.

With our unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, you can trust us to deliver the very best in Therm-a-Rest gear for your upcoming adventures.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Therm-a-Rest a good brand?

Indeed, the outdoor gear industry widely recognizes Therm-a-Rest as a reputable brand. They have a strong reputation for making high-quality camping and sleeping products, mainly mats and mattresses.

What is a Therm-a-Rest mat?

A Therm-a-Rest mat is a sleeping mat or mattress explicitly designed for camping and outdoor activities. These mats are usually lightweight, easy to carry, and provide insulation and cushioning, making sleeping outdoors more comfortable.

How do you inflate a Therm-A-rest Mat?

To inflate a Therm-a-Rest mat, you can follow these simple steps:

1. Lay the mat flat on the ground.
2. Locate the valve on the mat.
3. Open the valve by turning it to the "open" or "inflate" position.
4. You can blow air into the mat using your breath or use an inflation sack or pump if you have one.
5. Once the mat is fully inflated, close the valve securely to keep the air from escaping.

Are Therm-A-Rest mats waterproof?

Therm-a-Rest mats are designed to resist water and repel moisture, aiding your comfort and dryness during camping.

Nevertheless, they are only partially waterproof. However, it's essential to avoid prolonged exposure to excessive moisture or submerging them in water, as this can affect their performance.