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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pump Sack Review

   
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Sleeping Pad Accessory

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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: October 11, 2013
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Pros:  Doubles as a stuff sack, easy to use in a confined space, effective, saves your breath
Cons:  Expensive.
Best Uses:  Inflating NeoAir sleeping pads or pads with down to keep the inside of the pad from getting wet from your breath.
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Manufacturer:   Therm-a-Rest
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 8, 2012  
Overview
The NeoAir Pump Sack is our favorite sleeping pad pump. It solves a critical problem that winter campers face: in cold weather water vapor from your lungs condenses inside your pad. Over time, water accumulates and makes the pad heavier and can damage its interior. By inflating your pad with clean, drier air your pad remains lighter and may last longer.

The Pump sack is a large stuff sack with a vinyl gasket on the bottom. Attach your pad, pull the sack outwards to create as much interior volume as possible, close it up, and compress. We found that four to five pumps fills a NeoAir pad.

The best part of the Pump Sack is its versatility. Slide a partially inflated NeoAir inside for a comfortable camp stool, use it as a stuff sack, or as a pack liner. Although the Pump Sack weighs 0.5 oz more than the Nemo Disco Pad Pump, its added versatility make it our preferred sleeping pad pump.

The Pump Sack does reasonably well as a seat, too. It's not as comfortable as the NeoAir Jembe, which compresses the ends of the pad to create a harder sit surface, but it's lighter and you don't have to bring a separate seat.

Looking for a sleeping pad to pump up?

Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map - $100
Therm-A-Rest ProLite Plus - Men's - $110 or Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Women's, $110.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker - $130
Therm-a-Rest MondoKing - $130
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper - $150
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season - $180
Therm-a-rest NeoAir Dream, $200.


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Most recent review: October 11, 2013
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   Oct 11, 2013 - 12:40am
Joomy · Climber · Canberra, Australia
Yes, fine, this thing works, but it's a blatant rip off (copy) of the Exped Schnozzel pump sack, which you neglected to review, along with any Exped product. I am not an Exped fan boy but to neglect them is to neglect a significant player in the market and makes your reviews far less comprehensive or useful.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pump Sack is our favorite tool for inflating winter pads, which are susceptible to failing due to moisture vapor from your lungs.
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