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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

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    34 Reviews


    Like sleeping on air ... oh, wait, it is sleeping on air.

    Enjoy the comfort, durability and versatility of the lightweight, compact NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad. Thanks to Therm-a-Rest's Triangular Core Matrix technology, which creates over 100 internal cells that equalize air distribution and trap warm air, you enjoy terrific stability and warmth. Manual inflation shaves weight and helps the NeoAir Trekker to pack down into a small space. The tough 75D polyester bottom and supple 50D polyester top ensure durability, so you can use the pad in the most rugged conditions.

    • Item #CAS0644

    Tech Specs

    [top] 50D polyester, [bottom] 75D polyester
    [regular] 20 x 72 x 2.5 in, [large] 25 x 77 x 2.5 in, [large torso] 25 x 47 x 2.5 in
    Stuff Sack
    Claimed Weight
    [regular] 1 lb 1 oz, [large] 1 lb 7 oz, [large torso] 15 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Nice Sleeping Pad

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I ended up going with the Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated. I think it is more comfortable than this pad and has a higher R value. This is a nice pad but wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

    New School

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is the first sleeping pad I have purchased in about 5 years and I was blown away by how far they have come. Somehow this pad manages to bring together plush comfort and light weight. The pad is also a very effective insulator. The pad does crinkle a little, but less so when it is filled with air.

    Sweet Addition

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is my first sleeping pad, so take this review with a grain of salt.

    It's so thin that I initially thought there's no way it would provide any real comfort, however I was wrong. It's amazingly supportive, and I can sleep in almost any position without there being any "pressure points" where my hips, shoulders, etc touch the ground.

    It's a bit time consuming/difficult to blow up since it isn't self inflating and doesn't come with a pump (I believe there is a pump sold separately). It rolls up to about the size of a nalgene without much effort and doesn't weigh much. I've read some reviews talking about a crunchy or crinkly sound. I haven't noticed that with this pad.

    I'm 6'2"/190lbs and the regular size works just fine especially since I don't sleep completely extended like a mummy. If you're much taller or do, in fact, sleep like a mummy; maybe get the long.

    The idea of spending over $100 on a sleeping pad was a bit daunting, however a good night's sleep can make or break a camping trip. Camping has become a great getaway for my wife and I. Being able to put together a trip on the fly with minimal gear and effort makes having gear like this worth the money.

    Justin, great review and thanks for contributing to the Backcountry community! Do you have any camping trips planned for the summer ahead? Feel free to reach out to me any time with camping gear related questions!

    Expert Gearhead
    IG: jimmyelam

    Comfortable and Durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker for a few months now, and took it with me on the John Muir Trail. I had been using the Z-Lite for a few years before that, but felt it was time to move away from the closed cell pad to an inflatable. My research had me looking at the Trekker, XTherm, and XLite. All are great pads, but there are a few differences that lead me to selecting the Trekker. The XTherm has a higher R-value, but also a much higher cost. For my needs I didn't need the extra warmth, and have found the R value of 3.0 to be more than adequate for my 3 season backpacking. The closer competitor in my eyes was the XLite, which comes in 5oz lighter for only $30 more. I tried the XLite and didn't like the amount of crinkling noise it made when I moved around. I also didn't like the tapered shape of the XLite. The Trekker uses a heavier 50D polyester top that makes very little noise. I also like the rectangular shape, which is better for my body. I've been using this pad on all types of terrain in the Sierra this summer, and it shows no signs of letting up.

    Comfortable and Durable

    Much better than my old thermarest

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had an old self-inflating 1-inch thermarest. My brother told me about the 3-inch Neo-Air. Made a huge difference. Most comfortable camping sleep I have had on our 5 nights in the BWCA.

    Lightweight and Comfy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I just used this pad for the first time on a week long camping trip and I was very pleased. Its super lightweight, packs down super small, and doesn't seem to sacrifice anything in the comfort department. I have never slept better on a camping trip. My only complaint is that the pad is a little bit noisy, it kind of has this crinkly sound. Its something that you get used to, but I can see how some people might find it annoying

    great pad

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    We bought two of these, and used them in the Whites. Kept us warm, and comfy. I sleep on my side, and was able to do that.
    They do we could hear each other anytime we moved. All in all, very happy

    Won't Disappoint

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this pad in the beginning of December just before leaving to drive home for christmas. I live in Orange County and I drive all the way to Connecticut (Just under 3,000 miles) a few times a year to see the familia. This pad fits great in the back of my Subaru outback. I have probably spent 20+ nights comfortably in my car since buying this pad. Aside from the car I've used the pad for all the normal reasons. It did great for a four night hike on the appalachian trail in New York. Temps dropped into the 10's and 20's even during the day but I stayed pretty warm at night with a nice down bag and this pad. Also has served me well in the deserts of California and Utah. At 16-17 ounces I really can't complain about anything on this pad. Sure its a little less thermally efficient and slightly heavier than other neo-air models, but its more durable and it works for me.

    Quite Remarkable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    As a newcomer to camping (properly) I am very impressed with the manner in which this pad keeps me from hitting the ground. Formerly I had used a "cheap" rollup self inflating type of pad which neither kept my hip from the ground as a side sleeper nor maintained equal inflation top to bottom.

    This pad came as a result of rave reviews and so far it has performed extremely well. Any discomfort or mid sleep waking is not a result of the pad. I tested in home for a few nights and then in the field for a camping trip. If it were wider Id probably ditch my mattress at home.

    I love its compact size.

    Light and Comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There are multiple sizes to fit all but the Backpacking size is GREAT for long adventures where you want a pad but need to shave some weight. It is just long enough to hit the back of your knee and then let your feet hang off the pad. This size shrinks down for easy packing! Awesome for backpacking and still keeps you warm even though it's 2/3 of a pad!

    So far so good!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Light weight, small pack size, good R-value and pretty comfy. It does make some noise as others claim, but it is not a deal breaker, nor does it wake the dead. We bought 2. We're not die hard ultralight minimalists. For us, it was the perfect middle ground of pads and it weighs the same as our Z-lites. The huffing and puffing does get a little old. But again not a deal breaker. I only gave it 4 stars because of slight noise, huffing and puffing and I know it will fail on me some night. But, so far so good!

    She loves it!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I still own and use the original NeoAir as well as many other designs and brands of sleeping pads. Some are better than others depending on the environment and temps. The Trekker is no exception.

    I was looking for the "perfect" pad for my gf, knowing she is a side and stomach sleeper. This virtually eliminated most pads.

    The 2.0 R value is more than adequate for the type of environments in which it will be used. If not, she can always throw down an extra closed cell pad.

    The Rectangular shape has more area than mummy shaped pads. It is more durable than all of my other air pads, inexpensive, and more comfortable than Exped's vertical baffles and Nemo's horizontal baffles as well as Big Agnes' grooves(very slippery too). I highly recommend this pad in either the older version (if you can still get your hands on one, Everglade) and the newer Pistachio/Seattle Gray.

    LT = "Large Torso", not "Large Tall"

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I naively thought that "LT" had become synonymous with "Large Tall" in reference to sizing, but apparently the folks at Cascade Designs decided to throw a curve ball and have it stand for Large Torso. Confusing much? The reason the LT is on sale is because it's a little under 4ft in length, making it relatively useless unless you're not looking for something to insulate the length of your body.
    I returned this and got the Regular length which at 6ft was plenty long for my 6'3" frame . Any longer and it would not fit in most tents. The NeoAir technology is really impressive. It has 3x the cushion of my ultralight Therm-a-Rest and rolls up to half the size. It may be a bit heavier, but it's an impressive leap in technology.

    sweet sleeper

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got my neoair second-hand and spent about 70 nights sleeping on it over the summer. It's still kicking butt.

    You need to be mindful of it (I use a plastic ground-sheet and a thin foam pad under mine), same with any light-weight inflatable sleeping pad, but it's impressively durable considering the size an weight. The only issue I've had came up after a night of sleeping in a campsite full of thorns. The pad got a small puncture, which I was able to find and easily fix with the patch-kit provided, and it continues to work great now.

    Blowing it up every night is bit of an ordeal and if you use it at a base-camp you'll find that, over time, it slowly deflates and requires a couple extra breaths every day or so. To me, it's all worth it for the comfort, though.

    Ultimately, I would recommend it to anyone who has trouble falling asleep, anyone with back pain, and anyone who spends more than 5 days a year sleeping on the ground.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So far, so good! I have only used it about 10 times, but so far it holds air all night.

    It packs nice and small, and it's nice and light. It takes a little longer to blow up than some other pads I've used, but I take that trade off for the comfortable sleep any day!

    Good purchase

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Took this out for a week on the AT and slept like a baby. Even on a rocky surface, the pad kept me comfortable. It is 20 breaths to blow it up but not an issue for me. I ordered a regular and it just fits inside my tent. Im 5'10, 185lbs and a side sleeper and it kept me high and warm.If you're looking for a lightweight, compact, very comfortable, warm sleeping pad, look no further!

    Unanswered Question


    Could you please fix your specs to differentiate between the radiant orange and the pistachio? The orange is the older version and only has an r-value of 2, and is 3 oz. heavier.

    Thank you!

    Is there a big difference, warmth-wise, between the NeoAir Trekker and the All-Season? Trying to decide between the two.

    Trying to decide between the NeoAir Trekker,...

    Trying to decide between the NeoAir Trekker, NeoAir XTherm, or the NeoAir X-Lite sleeping pads. Lots of reviews claim the X-Lite and X-Therm to be rather noisy, wondering if the Trekker equally as noisy? If it isnt as noisy, what is the difference that makes it quieter?

    Best Answer

    I've used the Xlite, camper and all season pads. I do not believe they're all that noise. the Xlite is crinkly but its not noticeable once you're on it. If you're looking to save space and weight, the noise doesn't matter.

    The difference is the reflective material on the inside that reflects heat. Also the Trekker has a thicker outside material that keeps the sound inside.

    The NeoAir camper doesn't have any of the reflective stuff inside and makes zero noise. But has a much lower R-value.

    Hope that helps

    Trying to decide between the following...

    Trying to decide between the following pads:

    1.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad

    2.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

    3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

    4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

    Can anyone shed some light? Lightness, packability, comfort, price?

    Best Answer

    Hey Adoraeleven,

    The Lightness (weight), Packability (rolled size) and Price are all listed in the tech specs for each of these products. As far as the comfort, I would list them in this order:

    1.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

    2.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad

    3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

    4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

    If you have any questions at all please either chat in or give one of our gearheads a call and we can help narrow down your selection.

    According to the manufacturer's website,...

    According to the manufacturer's website, the new 2014 models have an R-value of 3.0. The tech specs here list the R-value as 2.0. Could you please clarify?

    Will this work in a hammock also?

    Will this work in a hammock also?

    Hi Dale,

    The NeoAir Trekker's are great in a hammock because of their additional width. Like Wayne says above don't completely inflate the matt that way the matt will shape to the hammock and with the extra width your shoulders will also stay warm. You can even tuck your knees up and not cold cold spots.

    I have the LT and don't go anywhere in the backcountry without it and my hammock. I have heard from the friend the large is too large for a hammock and he's over six foot tall!

    Does the 2014 model come with a stuff sack...

    Does the 2014 model come with a stuff sack and repair kit? Does it have significant advantages to the 2013 model? I've never bought/used anything aside from foam in the past.

    Strongbow, the current Trekker (Pitstachio/Seattle) is supplied with a stuff sack and repair kit.

    The previous model in (Everglade/Phantom), is 2 oz. heavier, has an R value of 2.0 compared to 3.0 with a stuff sack and repair kit included as well. Hope this helps.

    is this one the older version? i noticed...

    is this one the older version? i noticed on the thermarest website that they have the Trekker for 2014, but it's a pistachio color?

    Hi. My NeoAir is perfect for the first...


    My NeoAir is perfect for the first hours of sleep. But midway through the night I wake up cause som eof the air has gone out of it, and I'm toucing the ground with my hip. I have submerged it to try and find the puncture, but no luck. I also filled it a couple of hours before going to bed, the refilled, so temp of air should not be the prob. I think there are small punctures in it, but can't be sure.

    Anyone got a good suggestion for me?

    Best Answer

    Hey Runar,

    Submerging it should show the bubbles rising from active, larger leaks, but slow leaks will usually show up as bubbles that cling to the surface of the pad. First, try submerging it for longer and looking for those types of bubbles. You may also have a valve or minor seam issue. If you try to find the problem one more time and still can't pin it down, call Backcountry and/or Cascade Designs to arrange for either a return, exchange, or a repair, whether it's under lifetime warranty or not. You'll find both resources very fair and accommodating.

    would this work with the thermarest trekker...

    would this work with the thermarest trekker chair? would using it in the chair (if I am anwesome 250 lbs) murder the pad? Thanks

    Best Answer

    You should be fine. The baffles spread the load evenly, so you won't stress any seams too much. Depending on the season, I weigh anywhere between 205 and 240 lbs, and have never had a problem with any quality pad.

    The description for the chair says it's compatible with any Thermarest pad. Just make sure you match the width to your chair (either 20" or 25")

    both the pad and lounge chair showed up and seems to handle me weight well. For those of you that are worried about the sound, dont be. Its minimal at most. Doesnt pack down super small with the lounge chair kept on but still small enough to to justify the comfort and ease of the chair.

    Looks great but isn't the R-value lacking?...

    Looks great but isn't the R-value lacking? I have a big agnes bag (rated to 15 degrees) and I am nervous that this pad will not keep me warm. I mean a R value of 2 is pretty low. Isn't that equivalent to 35 or 40 degrees?

    Yeah, the R-value is pretty low. If you're camping in the cold (~0ºC or less) it's going to get chilly. That's the price you pay for ultra lite gear though I guess. There are other options that are pretty well insulated, or you can do what I've seen a bunch of people do and stack this on top of a closed cell foam pad (e.g. the thermarest z-lite pad). Kinda defeats the purpose of ultra lite'ing, but it'll keep you warm and comfy.

    This is the least expensive of the Thermarest NeoAir pads and designed for 3-season backpacking (anything above freezing). If you want a warmer pad, I would go for the NeoAir All-Season. It has an R-Value of 4.9. This will easily be able to take you to about 0 degrees (if you have a 0 degree bag). It is more expensive, but it uses higher-end materials to get to that rating.

    Is there a reason why this pad can't be...

    Is there a reason why this pad can't be folded into thirds instead of halves before rolling? It seems like it could be packed nearly as small as the normal NeoAir if it were folded into thirds.

    Can someone move around on this while...

    Can someone move around on this while inside your tent and tell me what kind of sound it makes rubbing on the tent fabric. I was kept up most of the first night while using a big agnes air core pad in conjunction with a big agnes tent. Some seriously disturbing sounds come from them, similar to fingernails on a chalk board. After that I always put something between the two (drylite towel usually). Thanks.

    Haha this question cracked me up. I got mine just befor this years wildfire season. It makes a slight sound similar to sleeping on crumpled up newspaper, I never care in the middle of the night cause any sleep is good sleep on the fire line, but if your a light sleeper the sound could get anoying.

    What's the difference between this and the...

    What's the difference between this and the normal NeoAir pad?

    Best Answer

    The biggest difference is the weight and durability. The original NeoAir uses 30 denier high tenacity ripstop nylon (top and bottom). The Trekker NeoAir uses a 75 denier polyester top shell and a 100 denier nylon bottom. The Trekker Neo Air also weighs 19oz while the Neo Air only weighs 14 oz (regular size for both).