"Great, light weight item that will keep you from passing out on the trail!"
Unless, of course, you enjoy hyperventilating at need and enjoy that euphoric feeling while you slowly watch the world fade to black...Seriously though, this is a neat little gadget that adds very little pack weight. I've used it only a couple of times now, but I've inflated my Neoair a number of times by mouth on the trail. It's ok, but my two main issues are: in cold weather, you are putting moisture into the airpad, reducing it's RF factor, and the previously mentioned euphoria.It does take a couple of minutes, and I normally do put a little extra in by mouth to firm up the pad after this little gadget is done.It's also seriously fun to hand to someone who doesn't know what it is. When they open the door, it's startles them every time!
Just what I needed as I don't have much air left in my old body. Kind of pricey for such a little piece of material but worth it if it holds up. Have always been happy with Therm-A-Rest products, hopefully this will be no exception.
I'm a little ashamed of myself for buying this gadget, but I got tired of getting dizzy from hyperventilating while inflating my Neoair. It works to inflate the mattress 90% and I give a few puffs for a full mattress. Hope it lasts, it's a little fragile. I'll buy it again.
Tiny, light, and a big luxury on those days when you are crawling into camp. Takes a few minutes to get a Neoair large to about 90%, and on rechargeable Eneloop batteries it is enough for at least 10 fills if warm (2 AAA). Also, something like this (or a bagpipe style thing) is pretty much necessary in winter if you want to stay warm and well-inflated through the night vs. blowing up yourself. Props to Camptek (designer) and Thermarest for picking up and marketing this product...
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