Gear Review

5 5

best bang for buck in the neoair series

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

In summary, this is a durable, comfortable, compact (when folded of course), and the most affordable pad in the neoair series, which for me, makes it the perfect 3 season pad. You can certainly shave couple of ounces by going to xlite or xtherm. But for the criteria that I use, the trekker is the better choice for the following reasons:
1. I find the rectagular shape of the trekker to be personally better than the xlite and xtherm (just find the shape to be more comfortable).
2. I found the occasional "crinkly" sounds to be minimal compared to the xlite and xtherm as well (xlite being the worst - relatively speaking).
3. And of course this one is the least expensive.

I do think that the all season is the best overall buy however (if you must have a single pad for all four seasons), because it does have a higher R value, not much more expensive than the trekker, has similar rectangular shape, and comparable in weight - but I don't in any way regret getting the trekker. (well, my gf got it for me for b-day....so I'll use it regardless cause I appreciate it).

Furthermore, if you're weight sensitive and/or require higher R-value, you'll have to go up to the xTherm....or XLite obviously.