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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pump Sack Review

   
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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, is an ultra squishy, crazy comfy car and base camp sleeping pad. It uses innovative pressure mapping technology to put foam only where you need it. This saves weight and bulk without reducing comfort.
Therm-A-Rest ProLite Plus - Men's - $110 or Therm-a-Rest ProLite Plus Women's, $110, is 50% thicker than the ProLite and is a high quality all-purpose inflatable foam pad.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker - $130, has internal baffles that are made of nylon, not reflective foil material. This makes it slightly less warm, cheaper, and less noisy.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper - $150, is the most comfortable compact inflatable sleeping pad we've tested. It's rectangular shape combined with 3" of cushion make it a fantastic choice for those that value comfort over weight savings.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season - $180, is the only rectangular winter pad in Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir series. Its shape gives you more space at the head and feet, and that is the primary reason to consider this pad over the XTherm.
Therm-a-rest NeoAir Dream, $200, is our top rated camping mattress. It turns worst nightmare rocks and roots into Stage 3 NREM sleep. Warning: waking up may be difficult. It's made of NeoAir inflatable pad, 1" of memory foam, and a removable nylon-microfiber cover. This is the most comfortable car camping pad available; the inflatable pad provides customizable support, the memory foam a cushy surface, and the microfiber cover a super soft next-to-skin layer that rivals Egyptian Cotton.

Accessories
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pump Sack - $30. The NeoAir Pump Sack is our favorite sleeping pad pump. By inflating your pad with clean, drier air your pad remains lighter and may last longer.
Therm-A-Rest Lumbar Pillow - $30
Therm-a-Rest Compack - $50. This Compack Chair turns any 20" wide sleeping pad into a portable camp chair.


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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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