Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Lightweight Mattress
Lightweight and backcountry comfort!
I've borrowed this from my friend and I've used it several times along the Appalachian Trail as well as a 6 day trip to Glacier Nat'l Park. Because of the cooler temps along the AT and the Smokies in NC, I needed to use a pad that had at least some sort of R-Value. I was nervous about the inner reflective lining making too much noise when I moved around at night. I shift throughout the night and the pad didn't make enough noise to keep others around me up. If you have ever hiked in the Smokies, there are shelters at the sites which can have upwards of 12 people in a shelter. No one around me had any issues with the pad. There were a few times where I saw others with the Xlite or the Xtherm and I didn't notice it either. My other concern for the pad was its durability. It's 16 oz. weight (the low R-Value pad I own is 24 oz.) also comes with what feels like a thinner plastic exterior. The shelters off the AT have wooden floors and sometimes that can be even worse to sleep on as well as the potential for puncture. The height of the pad was enough that I didn't feel the ground underneath...a good night's sleep is definitely worth it for me in the backcountry! This is a great option for UL backpackers too. I am in the process of making a karo step top quilt for ground use. I borrowed this pad and would love to have be able to borrow it again! Combine my DIY top quilt with this 3.2 R value pad and I'd have a great, start to my UL pack list.
December 9, 2014
Very happy, but an extra size option would be nice
I'm happy with my purchase - very light, packs small, seems comfortable. However, I would really like it if they did a wider but shorter version.
I'm 5'11 and I don't think I really need the full length of the regular. I would be happy if they shaved 12" from the length (to make it around 60" long) and made it around 8-10" wider (tapered so that the bit around your shoulders is widest).
The regular, to me, feels very narrow - and for ultralight camping I can always use some spare clothes or a bag to get my feet off the cold ground.
November 27, 2014
neoair = great sleep
I love my neo air! If you are looking for a strong, light, comfortable sleeping pad then stop looking else where because you found it all in the neoair. Im going on two years and never had a puncture or slow leak like other companies. My only complaint is that i can be a little noisy when tossing and turning. Honestly though, after a long tuff day of hiking im fast asleep before that even bothers me.
November 15, 2014