I recently switched from a very old Therm-A-Rest to the NeoAir XTherm for my backpacking trips. At first, I was a little concerned since multiple reviews had said how noisy the mattress was but on the advice of a friend, purchased it. I'm stoked I did. Not only is the mattress comfortable, one of the most comfortable backpacking mattresses I've used, it is lightweight and packable for the comfort it provides. The mattress is also no where near as loud as some reviews have claimed. There is some noise but it is no worse than any other mattress or Therm-A-Rest I or my friends have used. Although the trip I used it on was a summer trip in the mountains, the temperature did dip into the 50s and I never felt for a moment uncomfortable even with a lightweight summer sleeping bag. I highly recommend this mattress.
This is an excellent light-weight and very warm sleeping pad for mountaineering. My husband loves it. I'd really like one too, but alas, this is listed as only a men's sleeping pad. The " women's pad", (which has the exact same dimensions) has a lower R value and isn't warm enough for high altitude snow camping. I'll just stay in the kitchen while my husband goes out and does manly activities with this awesome sleeping pad. Yes, I know, the BS about women's bodies and higher core temp not needing a high R value, but seriously, it totally depends on body composition and what conditions you are camping in. Moosejaw, please stop gender segregating things like sleeping pads. It's stupid.
Possibly the best air mattress I've ever used. As my body gets older, I need more cushion and warmth but as light and compact as possible. At the price, it should and does provide what I was looking for.
This is by far the best investment I have made for backpacking (besides my backpack). The pad is durable and I have had no holes or problems with it after sleeping on it for a whole summer on the rocky soil of the New Mexico mountains. This provides the best comfort/weight ratio of any gear I own. I rarely slipped off the pad because of the horizontal ribs and the shape fit my sleeping bag perfectly. I will always recommend this to anyone who asks about it
I let my buddy borrow this for week long cold weather trip figuring if he popped it then I could send it in for warranty repair, and if he didn't then I would know who tough it really was. My bud said it was the best sleep camping he ever had, and I agree.This is the first pad I've ever had where I can sleep on my side back and stomach and feel just as comfortable as in my own bed. I would recommend the large over the regular or medium unless you are anything but a petite female so you have plenty of room to move around/roll over without falling off. Thermal performance is great in cold weather but if you are car camping where weight is no concern you can get some of that heat reflective bubble wrap insulation form your local hardware store to accomplish the same. Just roll that out under your sleep setup. If your not using this for winter work then get the Neo Air XLite and save some coin. Same thing minus heat reflection.
"The reviews were right! This thing is almost as good as a 5 star hotel!"
I did a lot of research (and I mean a LOT of research) before I decided to buy 2 of these pads. Heck, these things cost more than our sleeping bags....but you know what?... They are totally worth it. At first I was wary of buying somthing I have to blow up--I have asthma so blowing up a pad at 11,000 feet was not somthing I was looking forward to. The thing is...you can buy the complimentary duffle bag that doubles as a manual pump and works great. Saves my lungs, saves my back. I'm a happy well rested backpacker.
"Warm, but light enough you'll actually put it in your pack when other stuff doesn't make the cut."
This pad comes at such a premium price above other pads, it needs to stand well out in front as far as performance before it can be considered a good value. In comparison to my other winter pad, the Big Agnes Dual Core Mummy pad, the XTherm is lighter, deflates faster, packs easier (a huge deal when breaking down camp when you're cold and tired), and has a higher R value allowing you to carry less bag. The XTherm is noisy (crinkly) but not as bad as I expected based on reviews I have read. The noise isn't an issue for me, but it is certainly the loudest pad I've slept on. The stuff sack is the only thing I leave at home. It's overbuilt because it's intended to be used as a pump to inflate the pad (it's double sized, and has a rubber nozzle on it). It doesn't add much weight, but I don't think it adds much value.
An extremely warm pad! I test it in Joshua Tree in winter and loved it! Before I bought a lower tier ThermARest pad and used it for several climbing trip at Joshua Tree national park in winter. The old pad can't stand for the cold from the ground, and I can feel my body-heat was literally sucked into the group during sleep. Comparatively, this pad is much warmer.The weight of this pad is also very impressive and I can barely feel the extra weight of it when putting in my backpack.Highly recommend it.
"INSANELY warm - Ideal for winter, too warm for summer use IMHO"
I have the regular NeoAir (the yellow one) and love it. I was thinking of switching to the Xtherm because of it's higher R value and nearly identical weight. So I laid down on it in the store - Woah. In less than a minute I was almost sweating. I was amazed. It was like a heating pad under my back, that's how well this thing reflects body heat. This would be PERFECT for winter camping, but in warm weather, I think I'd actually be TOO warm, even with a very light summer bag. Thermarest has done such a good job with this pad, it's actually the first time one has to consider this "problem." in my humble opinion, this is a "winter only" pad.
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