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.
I've used foam sleeping pads for most of my camping experiences but had never ventured into the realm of inflatable pads before now. I got the XTherm because of the ratings and specs of the product and couldn't pass it up when I got a deal on here. After trying it out the pad does make a crinkling sound, like a bag of potato chips, when you first get on but its only because of the liner that reflects body heat back to you and trust me, it make a huge difference. Get this if you count ounces, like to be warm, want a pad that takes up the space of a liter of water and won't be doing any Special Forces sleepovers.
Warmth for weight this has to be one of the best around, and you don't get the problems you get with down filling.I upgraded from a prolite plus - believe the hype - these really are better. The claimed weight is spot on too, including the stuff bag but not the patch kit, but if you're worried about that you've probably already shaved your head to save weight. Try your arms next, it's more aerodynamic too.Its light enough to hang off the handlebars wrapped around a UL tent without affecting handling. Real pity we're heading into the Australian summer here, this is about to get too warm!
As another reviewer said, this pad doesn't feel like it's 20 inches wide; I think it's the way it tapers at the head and foot. I've tried both the 48 and 66 inch lengths, and had the same experience with both. I sleep on my side, with my knees slightly bent, and I always felt lie something was about to fall off the pad.However, it is a very warm, comfortable, light weight pad.It also doesn't fit the chair kit as well as the All-Season. I think the squared corners lend more stability to the chair configuration. I'm going to stay with my All-Season.