Davewrote a review of Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad on November 15, 2013
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.