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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm MAX Sleeping Pad

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    Winter camping essential.

    Designed for winter camping, the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm MAX Sleeping Pad is a rectangular version of the award-winning XTherm pad that provides extra coverage for extreme temps and campers with wider torsos. This lightweight pad insulates and cushions you from the hard, frigid ground below without tacking on the weight or bulk normally found in winter-worthy sleeping pads.

    Ripstop nylon on the bottom holds up in rocky campsites, while the soft no-slip top fabric boosts comfort and keeps you from slipping off your pad when you're sleeping on uneven ground. ThermaCapture layers within the pad insulate and reflect heat back to your body to keep the cold ground from sucking away all your precious heat. A stuff sack keeps it conveniently tucked away when you're not sleeping on it, and an included repair kit lets you fix any tears on the fly.

    • Ripstop nylon and polyester fabric
    • ThermaCapture layers
    • Rectangle shape
    • Stuff sack included
    • Repair kit included
    • Item #CAS002P
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    Great for cold weather!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have several sleeping pads for different occasions. This is definitely my go-to for cold weather especially snow or ice. It keeps your ass warm and cozy. In fact...its so comfy you'll wake up feeling like you were on a temperpedic!

    Great for cold weather!

    Kind of a disappointment...

      The weight is a lot higher than advertised once you include the whole system (stuff sack and bag to inflate it), and it ends up being about the same weight as the down mattress than I already have. If I hadn't unpacked it to check it out, I would have returned it (Backcountry now considers this used, and so I'm stuck). If it were significantly less expensive than the alternatives, then maybe it would be worth it, but it's not--it's pricey.

      As far as how well the system (pad plus inflation bag) works, I think that Gregory B sums it up pretty well below. It's somewhat of a kludge as compared to the Exped mats, and I'm a bit concerned about it being a hassle in really cold weather.

      Lightweight, 4 season use is amazing

        Love it but wish they would make the width of 25" with a shorter length instead of the 77" which is the Large size. The Regular size has the width of 20 inches which I believe is not wide enough, I kept rolling off of the sides (I'm 5'3" and 100lbs) but when you've been summiting a class 4 mountain, that last thing you want is to be rolling off of you pad. Other than the width to length ratio, it is amazing: lightweight, easy to carry only 1lb. 7 oz. for the Large, & 4 season which is amazing when doing mt. rainier. Makes a bit of a noise when rolling on it but it's worth it to help you stay worm while it's lightweight.

        L: 77 x 25 x 2.5 inches
        Regular: 72 x 20 x 2.5 inches


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

        I do a fair amount of cold weather camping, and have lusted after the NeoAir XTherm MAX for a couple of years. It's a really good pad mostly because it is light weight, but there are a couple of things I don't like about it. I also own Exped DownMat and Exped SynMat pads in similar sizes, and thought based on reviews that the XTherm MAX would be superior. It's not. Yes it's lighter weight so if weight is the only factor, then it's the pad to have.
        I didn't find sleeping on it last weekend as comfortable as on the Exped pads, but what I like least of all is the hassles involved in inflating the XTherm MAX. It comes with an inflation bag that stretches over the valve. It took me easily five minutes, maybe longer, to inflate this pad with the inflation bag. The bag itself is small compared to the Exped inflation bag, and the valve seal on the XTherm is inefficient. I did order the little gray battery powered inflation pump that ThermARest sells, and am hoping that makes inflation a bit more straightforward.
        Still, all in all it struck me as a compromise when compared to the Exped, which though a pound heavier is more comfortable and has a nice built in inflator. If weight is everything, it's great, but in winter I pull a sled rather than carry a backpack, and weight isn't the key factor for me.
        I'll enjoy the XTherm MAX I'm sure when doing ultralight backpacking in three seasons. The strength of the pad is it's weight. Other features make it less desirable as a go-to pad for all situations.

        Works great!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I just got this sleep pad a few weeks ago, and got my chance to try it out over the weekend. Very impressed with it. It didn't lose air during the night, and helped keep me warm as the temperatures were down to 29 degrees at night. It is a little noisy but once you get settled in and still it's not that big of a deal. Would be much better if we could get a 25 inch width with a regular length. It would be awesome to have the weight savings in a more convenient size. Not really complaining about the noise but if it were quieter and had the regular length with the long width it would be the perfect sleeping pad.

        Great pad!

          This is a fantastic sleeping pad. It lives up to its reputation. The pad was amazingly comfortable. I used it on my weekend camping trip at Pace Bend near Austin, Tx. I felt comfortable throughout the night. I did not notice any crinkling noises that other reviewers complained about. I am a light sleeper and I was able to sleep through the night without any issues. Inflating the bed was quick and easy when you blow into it. The only diassapointment was I had a difficult time (longer time) inflating the pad with the inflatable pouch. I ended up blowing up the pad. No regrets! Great price and service from Back Country!

          Very comfy but one popped immediately.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Very warm comfy thick pad. Bought two, with A down comforter coupler. Used them for three nights and one popped. Patched it onsite then still had hole in it. Was forced to go to REI in between treks and had to buy another one to finish out adventures. Overall nice thick and lite but be prepared for it falling apart. Hopefully with extreme carefulness we can use these for A very long time.

          warm and comfortable

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I bought this after a bad experience freezing my butt off in the High Sierra. My first night was a rainy high 30s night in Yosemite Valley. Combined with my quilt from Mid-Atlantic Mountain Works, I was very comfortable. I did not even bother to cinch the quilt up all the way. The second night was 10 degrees warmer and I had to take off my long johns and socks. Pretty sure being cold will never be a problem.

          Noise? I barely notice. How full to fill? Seems better fully inflated, but is thick enough to use less inflated for a softer feel. How long to blow up with supplied stuff sack? 3-4 min and 7-8 sacks of air, plus a few puffs by mouth. It helps to use your free hand to push out the sides of the sack before giving it a quick cinch to hold in the air. Takes practice to capture maximum air. How long to deflate and stow? About 5 min. I unscrew the valve while still lying on the mat and let my body weight do the work. I then roll it up once quickly without folding it to expel most of the air. Next I fold it just in half to roll it up. It still fits in the sack and there's enough room for my blow-up pillow and the air sack. I use rubber bands to hold the pad rolled up tight. This is a better shape for my pack. I like the width, but don't need the extra length - would be great if they made a wide/regular.

          Very noisy

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

          It's great - weighs nothing, warm, except that every tiny movement generates an avalanche of noises. I was afraid even to breath. Very distracting. We need one more pad, and I am definitely searching for something by a different manufacturer.

          Warm But Loud

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Yes, "loud". First off, it's the warmest pad I've ever slept on. It truly is. Spent 2 nights in Tucson Mtn Park in early Feb. and it gets COLD at night in the SW no matter what time of year. This pad REALLY cuts the mustard when it comes to warmth. However, I can hear every slightest move I make as the pad sounds like crinkling aluminum foil when I so much as turn my head. Other than the noise, I highly recommend it if warmth is priority 1.

          meets my expectation but quality issue

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

          i got the prod. for my ice fall climbing in Asia W5~6, extreme condition. temp i need for proper freezing is 0F. Still waiting for the firm ice(global warming??), went on a back packing to test my gears, and used the pad for the first time, right out of the box. temp. was from 10~20F. At first, the performance of the pad, in combination with upto 0F sleeping bag was excellent, exactly what i expected from the Xtherm, highly pleased, however, there was leak(s) from the brand new pad, woke up few times to refill the air at nigh, struggled, and finally had to lit my reactor to stay warm, there goes my sleep. Quality control issue here. Extreme outdoor products must work and meet the expectation i feel, that why i pay the extra premium. I strongly recommend you to check the leak b/f you leave home. the way to test; is fill the pad, let the pad stand against a wall over a day, if there's a leak it will collapse the next day. if you find the leak, repair otherwise, you know what's coming...
          Backcountry will let me patch and use the pad for this trip(if repair is possible, if not, i got to buy another one in the mean time), and they will refund or replace the pad when I'm back to the States.

          To sum up; reliable backcountry customer service, problematic Thermarest quality control, which is disappointing, and there 's no world warranty on Thermarest products. there'll be a repair cost outside the US.

          meets my expectation but quality issue

          Great sleeping pad

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've found this pad to be incredibly comfortable and warm. The included pump sack works well if you close it quickly so minimal air escapes before compressing it.

          so comfy you'll forget it's 20 degrees

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Used this for a 4 day winter trip down Coyote gulch. Ground was generally frozen absolutely solid, but this pad kept me happily warm. Used it in a big agnes bag that requires the sleeping pad for bottom insulation. A little pricey, but that extra comfort and warmth was so worth it.

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          rolled up size comparison

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

          I love this product. It is SO comfy and is perfect for backpacking because it is compact. It is a firm air mattress and is even comfy sleeping on my side.

          Unanswered Question

          Is this compatible with any sort of pump (Like something similar to the exped schnozzle bag)?

          Unanswered Question

          Hot sleeper here. With a 30 degree bag, will the Xtherm be to warm for 3 season camping as compared to the Xlite?