You are gearing up for week-long sprint down the Pacific Crest Trail. You need an ultra-light sleeping pad that won't weigh you down or take up precious cargo space in your pack. But, you also realize that if you don't make your sleeping time count, you'll be exhausted and your pace will suffer. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad incorporates next-generation materials and a smart design so your pack stays feather-light and you get a good night's rest.
- Tough, lightweight nylon fabric withstands rough campsites and remains soft and dry as you sleep
- Lightweight, insulation-free design has an R-Value of 3.2 and features a reflective barrier to send warmth back towards your body and preserve precious body heat during cool nights on a mountain trail
- Patent-pending Triangular Core Matrix uses more than a hundred cells to keep air from shifting around for more bed-like stability and support
- Inside its 2.5-inches of cushioning are two layers of cells, which allow the top cells to recirculate your heat and the bottom layer to insulate against the cool Earth
- Tapered mummy shape cuts weight and bulk but still matches your mummy bag's footprint
- NeoAir insulation-free technology allows compression down to the size of a water bottle (reg: 9 x 3.3in) for easy storage in a pack while weighing less than a pound
- Inflation valve can be inflated easily by mouth
- Included repair kit permits quick fixes during your long treks and its included stuff sack protects the pad while shoving it into your full pack
- Three sizes, small, regular, and large, fit your size and weight preferences
- Made in Seattle, WA to keep things domestic
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It wasnt as noisy as I expected (according to many reviews). I love the lightweight, wasnt thrilled with the mummy shape as I toss around a lot. Overall it is a good sleeping pad. Recommended for people who do not turn and toss (you may end up outside the pad!)
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Had to return the first one due to leaks right out of the box. After some hesitation due to its seeming fragility, I got a replacement. One test in the living room was enough. This sleeping pad is astoundingly noisy. One small move - CRACKLE CRACKLE CRACKLE. Its like laying down on bags of potato chips. Even if the noise doesn't wake you, it will probably disturb any other people or small woodland creatures sleeping within 100 feet. Yes its very light weight, but this comes at a high price in terms of cost, questionable durability, and noise. I replaced it with a REI Stratus pad. Yes, my pad went from 16 to 25 ounces, but it's durable, quiet, and comfortable. I'm not an equipment weight weenie - lack of sleep would have a much more detrimental effect on me than an extra 9 ounces. As an added bonus, the Stratus is half the price of this pad.
I just got this for a multi-day Grand Canyon trip and use it already for a couple nights of car camping. I got the smaller one to save on weight and cost. I sleep on my side and bend my knees, so my knees where on the pad and plenty comfortable. The pad also added warmth as I was not laying directly on the ground.
Overall great product!
The most thorough video I've seen for this pad.
I've used this pad for about a month now and its great! I'm 6'4" and 200 lb.. I got the large and it's the perfect size. I personally don't think it's as noisy as every one says it is, they must not be inflating it all the way. In regard to the packed size you can't really get much better it barely takes up any space in my pack and its SUPER light weight which is a huge plus. I recommend this pad to absolutely anyone.
I actually prefer the original NeoAir to the XLite that replaced it. Yes, the Xlite is 2 oz lighter, (regular size) and has a higher R-value of 3.2 to 2.5, but the edges of the XLite pad collapse under load and make the pad feel narrower than it is. The original does this as well, but the straight corners make up the difference. I'll stick with the original!
For me, the original NeoAir was the perfect pad, however, for some reason, TAR thought it was time to move on... once my original NeoAir gave up the ghost, I had to move on to the XLite.
The XLite is a great pad, it is lighter than most other (if not all) commercial pads out there with the same dimensions, it packs up tiny, it is actually warmer than the original (slightly higher R-Value) and it is very comfortable. (I have Expeds pads, and tried BA pads, but for me, the vertical baffles just felt like a glorified pool toy.) However, what irks me about the XLite is that it is tapered, and this is why I give this product 4 stars instead of 5. Although, I understand that just as I prefer the horizontal baffles over the vertical ones, there are likely those out there that would prefer a tapered pad over a rectangular pad.
I will also admit that the XLite is much more crinkly sounding than my Original NeoAir ever was, and I can see how this would bother some. However, for me, the pad is comfortable enough for me to quickly fall asleep, at which point, I never hear the crinkles again, so I personally do not deduct another star for this...
As far as durability, it is an air pad and IMO, it is just as liable to become punctured as any other air pad. Saying this, a repair kit is mandatory for any air pad in the field.
All-in-all, a great product.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
After 4 days of 15 miles/day my body was exhausted, and this little sucker inflated with ease each night to lull my sore body to sleep. Coming from a closed cell foam pad, there is no comparison. Never once did the pad deflate so I felt the ground. I was literally sleeping on a cushion of air the whole night and was so comfy.
This thing packs down and could literally fit inside of a nalgene!
As long as you are on a fairly level ground you shouldn't have any issue with sliding off.
Has anyone tried this pad in a bivy setup? I use a Mountain Hardware Bivy everywhere I go with a North Face bag and a Therm-a-resy prolite as my setup/ I'm looking for more loft and heat as a side sleeper. I'm 6'6" so cirious if this would fit inside my bivy and if it would be a durable option as I rarely ever sleep on good ground. Thanks - Montana-bowhunter!
This sleeping pad does have more girth than a Prolite,1.5 more inches more. It does have a tapered design that would help fit inside a bivy, although I cannot answer this accurately without knowing which model of MH bivy. The NeoAir is a little more "fragile" than the Prolite. It may not be the best option for not sleeping on "good ground". You may want to look at a combo of your Prolite with a Thermarest Ridge-Rest Solar Sleep Pad or a Ridge-Rest SOLite. The closed foam pad will insulate you well and is more durable than an inflatable pad.
- Gender: Male
Very comfortable, BUT also very noisy every time you turn over. I used it once. My backpacking friends who were sleeping in nearby tents asked me to quiet down.
Love this pad-but the old version had the benefit of being completely rectangular so your feet (at least mine) would stay on better when sleeping. That being said, I would still likely buy this again due to the weight savings.
I have used mine about 10 times thus far, and have not had any deflation problems at all. IMO the pad is less noisy than the previous version as well once it is appropriately inflated (firm).
Im happy with this pad-but I agree, it is bloody expensive. But on the other hand, it is made in seattle and I am happy to spend more on a product to support companies that produce locally.