After I got sleeping pads for the wife and I, I figured I should get a pad for my son. So I turned to the Backpacker.com forums again and bought a new small Therm-A-Rest Z Lite from one of the members for a very nice price.
My son loves this pad. And I love it for its weight, or the lack of much of it. It is a small amount of weight which is great for an 8 year old boy to be carrying. It is, however, a little awkward to tote on a pack because of its bulkiness, and again it creates the potential for a difficult time at using a rain cover on a backpack while carrying this pad on the outside of your pack. However, in terms of comfort, I am very impressed. It is much more comfy than I had anticipated. I would definitely consider using this pad if I didn’t mind the bulk.