[Editors’ Choice update]
We gave the original NeoAir an Editors’ Choice Award (2009) for its unprecedented comfort-to-warmth-to-weight ratio, and this latest tapered version has even more performance for six ounces less. The internal reflective barrier now returns 25 percent more body heat: One tester used it in lieu of his standard four-season pad on an early-winter summit of Mt. Whitney, and reported staying warm in below-freezing temps on snow (it’s not, however, as insulative as the Exped, above).
Another tester thru-hiked the John Muir Trail and says, “I never ceased to be amazed with its comfort and packability (a miniscule 9 x 4 inches), and deceptive durability.” Downsides: price, and broad-shouldered users might not like the mummy shape. $160; 12 oz.; 72” x 20” x 2.5”; thermarest.com
The NeoAir XLite from Therm-a-Rest is lighter and warmer than the original NeoAir mattress, the XLite mattress is the ultimate in outdoor comfort and compactness. The next generation of NeoAir technology delivers ultralight support, warmth and comfort. Light, durable fabrics make the XLite mattress packable, rugged, dependable and long-lasting. R-value: 3.2