Brand: NEMO Equipment, Inc.
Model: Astro Air
This three-season mattress uses smart features to elevate the basic air pad: Like the Klymit Static V (left), the Flash uses extra-big baffles on the perimeter to keep sleepers from rolling off. “I’m tossy-turny, but the guard rails kept me from slipping onto the tent floor, and even my pillow stayed put,” says one tester after a week of camping in Tasmania. She also issues props for the separate deflation valve, which releases air in a hurry to make packing up easier.
The 2.5-inch thickness proved sufficient for smoothing out lumpy sandstone in Arizona’s Havasu Canyon. PrimaLoft Infinity synthetic insulation and a 3.2 R-value kept testers warm down to 30°F, and the 30-denier ripstop polyester held strong against sharp rocks and grasses. But comfort doesn’t come fast: Blowing it up takes several minutes and plenty of lung power. $119; 1 lb.; 72” x 20.5” x 2.5”; rei.com
Forget your typical inch thick backcountry pad, Astro Air is 2.5″ tall and has engineered I-beam baffles that create a flat sleeping surface. The 75D polyester fabric resists puncture while keeping weight down. Add the lightweight washable slipcover or Pillowtop with 1″ of foam to increase comfort and insulation. Packs to 8″ X 3.5″.