Suitable for beginning
It really depends on what type of backpacking you're into, but if you're trying to save space then i would recommend something else. It is well-made, inflates independently, is comfortable and provides adequate warmth. However, i purchased it when i first started backpacking and now that I'm turning semi-minimalist I am realizing that the rolled size and weight are a bit much. Don't get me wrong, it's a great pad, just depends on what you'll be using it for. I'll be replacing it with the Thermarest Neo Air that comes out next month.