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Pros: Doubles as a stuff sack, easy to use in a confined space, effective, saves your breath
Best Uses: Inflating NeoAir sleeping pads or pads with down to keep the inside of the pad from getting wet from your breath.
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?
The men's Editor's Choice sleeping pad is the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm for its lightweight, compact size, and versatility.
The women's Editor's Choice sleeping pad is the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite- Women's for its warmth, lightweight, and super compact size.
The camping sleeping pad Editor's Choice award winner is the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Dream.
Therm-a-Rest Compack - $50. This Compack Chair turns any 20" wide sleeping pad into a portable camp chair.
— Chris McNamara and Max Neale
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Most recent review: October 11, 2013
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