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's light AND comfy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was a bit hesitant spending the $$$ for this after reading the initial reviews about the durability and the noise etc...
But I finally pulled the trigger when I found a good deal. At least for the price you get the stuff sack and the repair kit, that takes a bit of the "sting" off that price.
I have used this for a bit over a season now and have been very happy with it. Its compact, smaller than a 1 liter Nalgene bottle, its waay light, and its comfy to me (im a side sleeper if you care) I do inflate it till its pretty firm, and so far I have had no durabilty issues, No leaks!!
One of my main climbing partners is a pretty light sleeper and the crackling noise doesnt bother him, and certainly doesnt bother me either.
It does seem pretty fragile so I have been pretty careful when I use it and do almost always sleep inside a tent or a bivy but so far so good!!
I like it enough that I am considering the XTherm for this coming winters excursions.
ThermaRest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Review
Neoair in a big agnes on Colorado river
The Absolute Best
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A quick preface - I work as a backcountry backpacking guide in Yosemite. Nearly all of my reviews are of gear that I've absolutely beaten to death. I've had the first generation version of this pad for nearly 3 years. Its still in great shape. I picked this one up to finally replace it because I figured 3 years is long enough to trust a pad that I sleep on 80 to 90 days a year.
Also, I'm a side sleeper who had a horrible case of shingles down one side of my torso. I tend to roll a lot to get comfortable.
My NeoAir has seen a lot of use. I've never had a leak of any sort. I keep the patch kit in my stuff sack for it, but have yet to use it. Granted, I'm not using it as a sit pad on bare granite, nor do I take it surfing on Tenaya Lake.
It is incredibly light, packs down nearly to the size of one liter bottle of Coke, and is very, very comfortable. I've slept with this and my Western Mountaineering Versalite (a 10 degree bag) down to the low 20s and been just fine.
The complaints about the noise it makes are not problematic for me. Sure, it makes a little noise when you're moving around, but its not like you're sleeping on a bag of broken potato chips. I have no problem with slipping off of it either. The only minor quibble is that since its insulation is a radiant barrier and not traditional insulation it will initially 'deflate' once the breath you've blown into it cools. My formula is this - pitch my tent, inflate the NeoAir, throw my bag on it, and the get dinner or hors d'oeuvres going, then come back in an hour and top it off so its nice and tight. If you like it a little soft its easy to tweak via the valve for just the right amount of cushion. I've turned a few friends onto this pad, and all of them love it, and none of them have had leaks.
I own the first generation version, the XTherm and this current version. The horizontal baffles, the incredibly light weight, and the comfort... I just won't sleep on anything else.
Low weight, not worth it for me
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The weight is great. The time to inflate is also great. But if you are a side sleeper or tend to do a bit of rolling at night I would recommend another pad. If I really hammer for a day I can find a good nights sleep with this pad, otherwise I can't give the comfort more than 3 stars..
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
The ultimate ultralight
Ultralight, ultra-packable, and pretty dang comfortable. This pad packs down ridiculously small, and the best part is that it's NOT hard to repack again after using it. For being a backpacking pad, it's also very comfortable. Another plus is the warmth- the cells that Thermarest uses really do work to keep your body heat circulating beneath your back, and the ground temps circulating back to the ground. Even lying on this for 30 seconds, you can feel the heat circulating back up! It does make a little rustling noise when you move around, but it's really not an issue for me. It doesn't wake me up, and just becomes a background noise that isn't bothersome. Would definitely recommend, this one is bomber!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was about to buy this on BC before I got it as a gift. This truly is an ultralight sleeping pad. I received the medium one and it weighs less than my former small thermarest. It packs tiny and is very comfortable to lay on. The only caveat is the noise it can make when you move around, so find a good position and stick to it! Not a dealbreaker though.
packed side by side comparison
Good for its purpose
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!)
This is a pad for SLEEPING, isn't it
- 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.
The XLite inside my Yama Tent
Another pic of the XLite in my Yama Tent
The most thorough video I've seen for this pad.
light,comfy & added warmth
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!
Great Sleeping 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.
...compared to original NeoAir
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!