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The Gossamer Gear Thinlight Pad! | Average Hiker

Gossamer Gear 1/8 Thinlight Sleeping Pad

Multi-purpose Thinlight Pad

I’m a Gossamer Gear fan. I like their Mariposa Backpack a lot and even have a review on it.

I’m also a cheerleader for the Lightrek Umbrella (yeah, I’m an umbrella person), but the Thinlight 1/8 Pad is hands down my favorite piece of gear from Gossamer Gear.

The Gossamer Gear 1/8 Thinlight Pad is lightweight and barely noticeable strapped onto the top of my backpack. It is one of the most useful and durable pieces of gear I carry.

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad Uses

Below are a few of its uses. I use and abuse this piece of gear more than any other.

  • Traditional Sleeping Pad
  • Bandage
  • Umbrella Handle Anchor
  • Hot Pot Holder
  • Sitting Pad
  • Shoe Insole
  • Pillow
  • Anti-sliding Sleeping Bag Pad
  • Pot Cozy
  • Glissading Sleigh

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad – My Most Common Uses

The two most common uses for me include an anti-sliding sleeping bag pad and a sitting pad.

  • As an Anti-sliding Sleeping Bag Pad, it is excellent, stopping my Neoair from sliding around on my tarp-tent floor while I sleep. It also provides a little bit of insulation if I’m camped on icy ground.
  • Sitting pads are usually small. I can fold the Thinlight pad for a traditional sleeping pad or unfold it for a more reclined position. It’s pretty versatile.
Thinlight Foam Pad - 1/8" - Gossamer Gear

The Gossamer Gear Thinlight pad has so many uses for only a couple of ounces - sleeping pad to stop sliding, sit pad, cozy, oven mitt, etc. I always carry one.

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  • Weight – almost non-existent
  • Versatile – it has A LOT of uses
  • Durability – pretty tough for such a thin pad


  • Thin – not sure this is a negative
  • Cons – I really don’t have many for something so simple

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad – 1/8 – Quick Specifications

  • Weight – 2.5 ounces
  • Material – Closed cell cross-linked Evazote foam
  • Dimensions – 19 x 59 1/8 x 1/8 in

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Foam Pad – 1/8 – Performance

The Thinlight Pad is not too expensive, so I usually purchase one about every 1,000 – 2,000 miles. I cut it in half or to whatever size I need, so one lasts me at least two seasons.

Below is some additional detail on some of Thinlight’s more common uses.


The Thinlight Pad does do a nice job of preventing your sleeping pad from creeping across a Silnylon or Dyneema floor while you sleep. Even a small piece does the job.

Body Support

The Thinlight is not thick enough for a comfortable sleeping pad, at least not for me, but it does provide some other support options.

  1. Seat – folded or spread in a reclined position.
  2. Backpacking Pad – additional back support for a frameless backpack
  3. Pillow – it makes a good pillow, especially when covered with a puffy jacket

First Aid

I’ve used the Thinlight Pad for pain prevention.

  1. Moleskin Replacement – I’ve cut a hole in it to protect blisters and abscesses.
  2. Insole – Cut to use as a temporary insole until I could replace my ragged one.


I have been told the Thinlight 1/8 provides no insulative qualities, but I have to disagree. Even if psychological, I do feel warmer when I use it under my inflatable sleeping pad.

  1. Sleeping Pad – Under my sleeping pad on frozen ground, I am definitely warmer after I put the Thinlight under my Neoair inflatable pad.
  2. Cozy – I have now had the opportunity to use both it and my Store-Bought Cozy, and my Thinlight pad insulated my pot just as well as the cozy.
Sitting Pad Thinlight

Gossamer Gear Thinlight Pad – Final Thoughts…

The Thinlight Pad is becoming more common, and I’m seeing it more and more on the trails I hike, which is no surprise. It has definitely become one of my favorite pieces of gear over time.

You can purchase the Gossamer Gear 1/8 Thinlight below, and also check out some more Gossamer Gear Items.

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4 thoughts on “The Gossamer Gear Thinlight Pad! | Average Hiker”

  1. I’ve used this pad in my hammock when I was trying to use a sleeping bag as an underquilt. I could definitely feel the difference. It may not provide much insulation, but it certainly provides some!

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