Sleeping pads are important. Even if you have a comfortable sleeping bag, a sleeping pad adds an extra layer of comfort. When you're camping, the rocks and the hard floor is something that makes it difficult for many people to sleep comfortably on. A nice sleeping pad can help.
The problem with some sleeping pads is that even though they may be comfortable, they are heavy and hard to pack. The size can make you almost think twice about packing it, especially when you're already carrying so much camping gear.
Some pads may have better air support or even have a layer of material that makes it a bit more breathable than others. The costs vary greatly so budgeting for the sleeping pad is also a concern. Luckily Amazon does a decent job in sorting the sleeping pads that have the best value, quality, and reviews. Here's a list of some of the sleeping pads that made it to our list this year.