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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: NEMO Cosmo Air XL Sleeping Pad

For big-and-tall types, this pad will offer you a comfortable and good night of sleep.

by: Will Rochfort

NEMO Cosmo Air XL (Ben Fullerton)
NEMO Cosmo Air XL (Ben Fullerton)

Bundle of Bags
See all the summer, 3-season, and winter bags from our 2012 Gear Guide. Sleeping pads too!
[best for big guys]

Many campers find an inflatable air-tube pad a bit tricky to stay on all night; they tend to bounce off. (Hint: Blow it about 75-percent full to reduce the rebound effect.) For big-and-tall types, the problem is magnified, because they’re often stuck sleeping on a slab that’s already too short and/or narrow.

Enter this gloriously mammoth mat, on which our 6’6” editor-in-chief has been getting such good sleep that he doesn’t mind carrying the extra 13 ounces compared to Nemo’s standard 72-inch air mat. It inflates in about 90 seconds via an integrated foot pump, but there’s no insulation; our tester says his comfort tipping point is about 40°F (NEMO also makes an XL version of its Cosmo Insulated; it’s six ounces and $20 more). $160; 2 lbs. 1 oz.; 80” x 30” x 3”; nemoequipment.com

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Kristin, BP gear editor
Jun 15, 2012

Folks, I was just today informed by NEMO that production on this XL Cosmo has been delayed until January 2013. Bummer.

Robin
Jun 12, 2012

I snagged one, and love it! As suggested, do not fill it tight. Once I get snugged in, I let out more air, so that it just keeps me off the ground. It's very comfy, and you won't have any problems staying on. Great customer service, too! I lost my patch kit, and they sent me another one right out, no charge.

David
May 29, 2012

I wanted this pad very much after the recommendation in this year’s gear guide! I started shopping around and to my surprise I couldn't find one anywhere. I finally gave up and contacted Nemo themselves. The girl working told me that they are out of production this year because of their manufacturer having difficulty making it do to its size. She also told me they would be trying to bring it back next year.

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