NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

Thermarest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Reviews

Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad features a smart design and proven technology to keep you warm and comfy while minimizing weight and bulk. Although it packs up smaller than a one-liter water bottle when you stuff it into your pack, it delivers comfort fit for a king once inflated. Lightweight, yet tough nylon can handle sharp jabs from 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 reflect body heat, and Triangular Core Matrix construction maximizes insulating properties to keep the cold ground from robbing all your warmth. Whether you're a minimalist backpacker or a dedicated thru-hiker, get the rest you need for the long trek ahead with the NeoAir XLite sleeping pad.


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Great sleeping pad (just not for me)

I read several reviews about this pad and decided to purchase it because it seemed as one of the most popular choices among backpackers.
Straight out of box I was confused, it seemed too long and narrow as compared to my previous pad by Klymit. It ended up being 5 inches narrower, which I didn’t pay attention to when buying. (I’m 5’7” and about 180lbs)
It takes quite a few breaths to inflate this sleeping pad but after one night sleeping on it I realized it’s not necessary to inflate it all the way. Too full means the pad will be too hard and uncomfortable. The next night, I would inflate maybe only a half way and it was much better.
I have one of the recent updates of this pad so I don’t think it’s noisy at night as some previous versions might be. Material feels sturdy enough to last a while if taken care of.
However, I decided that this pad is not for me because of how narrow it is. At only 20inches wide and with rounded edges, I would constantly slide off the pad at night.
I tried sleeping with the pad inside of my sleeping bag or sleeping with my sleeping bag fully open as a quilt (to prevent pad and bag material friction, but still it wasn’t comfortable for me. I’m a side sleeper with one of my legs slightly elevated so I would sleep with half of my knee/leg off the mat because it wasn’t wide enough. This wasn’t much of a problem in summer but I wouldn’t want to be touching the ground on cooler nights. I also don’t use pillow but sleep with arm under my head and maybe a puffy or shirt crunched under my head. I’m not sure how this would pair with a pillow.
Overall, i think this pad is great, if you are a sound back sleeper. If you toss and turn at night like me, you might as well sleep on a ground.

Great for side sleepers with almost 3 inches to keep your shoulders and hips comfy. This pad packs up smaller than a Nalgene and weighs next to nothing. Since it’s an inflatable pad, it can’t be put directly on the ground without a risk of getting a hole in it. Thermarest does include a field repair kit for accidents, which is a nice backup. Like most lightweight gear, treat it with care and it will last you years.

Nest sleeping pad if you're looking for an ultralight one!

I had a few sleeping pads so far and this is by far the best one (but also the most expensive one). It's super light weight and packs SO small! Also it's very comfortable for a sleeping pad. But it makes some squeeking noises when you move in your sleep which can be quite loud sometimes. I have not tried in very cold nights (below 7°C) so I cannot rely tell about the isolation right now.

I would recommend this sleeping pad for everyone who wants to save some weight and space when packing! It's a little bit more expensive than other pads from therm a rest but also very comfortable.

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