After several hundred nights spent on the ground i thought i would never need anything like this, but then again i have no need for an lifted 4wd that has as much money sunk into it as a lot of new cars.But i really like my jeep, and everyone else had one so i had to get one too. Same with this. All the guys in my backpacking group had them and were ready to jump out of their tents in the morning right at wake-up time, while i was grumbling about being stiff. So like the jeep thing i decided to jump on the bandwagon and will not look back. It is a tad noisy(a little crinkly) but not bad, and it doesn't squeak or squeal as you move around on it which are unacceptable. Not difficult to blow up or pack back down, and light enough that i won't complain about it in my pack. And it definitely makes sleeping on sub freezing ground a lot better. Oh yeah, it is comfortable too
"Durable, lightweight, just a little LOUD"
I bought one of the original NeoAir mattresses that needed repair. I sealed up the two holes that had punctured it and since then have used it hiking for 2 months on the AT without any problems and continue to use it 4 years after my AT trip and it still works fine.Amazingly I haven't had to repair it since I got it and being a lightweight backpacker I don't put it in any kind of storage sack and to deflate it I literally sit on it (which everyone else says I shouldn't do because it's likely to put holes in it). And it's still perfectly fine!The only concern I have is the material is LOUD particularly when you have to move around everyone else around you will hear you move! But considering the minimum weight and durability, it's worth waking up your neighbors once in a while! I refuse to buy any other brand of sleeping pads!
"the NeoAir is comfortable, durable, packs well, and weight appropriate for its function"
This is a fantastic product overall. Yes it's heavier than what most lightweight backpackers want to carry, but I'm a believer in that you usually get what you're willing to carry. In my case a solid night's sleep plus the fact my wife will still go with me is worth the extra pound in my pack. This pad is thick enough to be comfortable and appears durable enough to last through heavy and repeated use. It's easier to pack into its sack than other pads I've used in the past. The volume and weight take up a reasonable place in my pack but I feel the usefulness justifies it. Really this is just a SOLID overall product with no negatives that I have encountered.
This pad has it all. It was warm, quiet, packs to about the size of a cars air filter, light, and super comfortable. The only down side is it takes 20-30 full breaths to fill it up, so after a long day of hiking, it may cause you to pass out. Just kidding, space out the breaths and you'll be fine.
I was torn between the xlite and the camper version from Therm-a-rest. I tried out both and although the xlite is lighter, it is noisy and I kept rolling off. I tried out the camper and I love this sleeping pad. Although I take a 1 lb hit, this is a comfortable pad. I fully inflated the pad and then laid on it and let out some of the air. This allowed more contour for my back which was awesome. I still didn't touch the ground either. I was stuck in my tent for a day and rolled on and abused this sleeping pad. Not even worried about puncturing it. It is tough.
I had two back surgeries at the young age of 19, I thought my days of backpacking was over! Turned out I was just get started with the Therm-A-Rest mattress its like waking up and not even knowing that your sleeping on the grown.
"If you're sleeping on the ground, ya need one. If you're sleeping on a cot, you're going 2 want one"
I currently own the Thermarest Luxury Map and the Thermarest Ultralite Cot. Unfortunately my boyfriend and I alternate sleeping on the cot and sleeping on the Luxury Map when we go camping. After a two night stint on the cot I decided I needed some cushioning for my weary bones. This mattress works great on my cot and gives me the extra cushion I need for a great nights sleep. I do wish this mattress had the self inflating capabilities the Luxury Map has but I'm sure my lungs could use the workout anyway. Buy one!