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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season Review

   

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Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 5 reviews. Most recent review: July 8, 2013
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, lightweight, compact, versatile, durable.
Cons:  Edges collapse under load, noisy, heavier than NeoAir XTherm and XLite.
Best Uses:  All-purpose four-season use.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (3/3) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-Rest
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ July 8, 2013  
Overview
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season's rectangular shape is slightly more comfortable than the company's NeoAir XTherm. The additional comfort is the primary reason to choose this pad. However, if a comfort and low weight are your top concerns, we also urge you to consider a NeoAir XTherm in size Large (77" x 25") because the added length and width makes that pad more comfortable than the Regular sized (72" x 20") All-Season for a 1 oz. weight penalty.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Comfort
The All Season 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. The All-Season is not as warm and not as light as the XTherm, but its boxy shape gives you more space total. If comfort is more important than weight the All Season is a top performing pad worth of consideration.

We also suggest the Xtherm in size Large (77" x 25"), which weighs 1 oz. more than the Regular (72 x 20") All Season.

Our testers consistently report back from side-by-side testing that the NeoAir surface is the most comfortable of any non-flat inflatable pad. If you want warmth and compactness NeoAir is the current way to go.

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In Greenland chilling in the Hilleberg Saitaris with the Feathered Friends Peregrine, Sea to Summit Alp II, and Sierra Designs -25 BTU sleeping bags. Pads, left to right: NeoAir AllSeason, Big Agnes Q-Core, and NeoAir XTherm.
Credit: Eric Guth
Weight
It's considerably heavier than the NeoAir XTherm and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. For this reason the vast majority of our testers reach for those pads on weight conscious trips.

Packed Size
As you can see in the photo below the pad packs small, but still larger than most other NeoAir pads.

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L to R: NeoAir AllSeason (19 oz.), Xtherm (15 oz.), XLite (12 oz.) XLite Women's (11 oz.), and Zlite Sol (14 oz.). The AllSeason and XTherm have a more durable bottom material and the AllSeason is square, not tapered, and thus rolls up more evenly.
Credit: Max Neale
Durability
The AllSeason uses a durable 75-denier polyester and 70-denier nylon that make the pad more than sufficiently durable for extended use and abuse. Our testers have logged more than 365 nights on one All Season without any leaks or tears. Two people used it for a bike trip from Scottland to China!! The pad is remarkably durable.

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Our extensive testing has shown that Therm-a-Rest NeoAir pads are exceptionally durable. Daniel and Donna rode their bikes from Ireland to China with our NeoAir All-Season. Here's Donna in the Iranian desert.
Credit: Daniel Tubridy
Limitations
The All Season has crinkly reflective baffles that can be noisy if you sleep on firm, compact ground. On snow, the noise trivial if not non-existent.

Best Application
All-purpose, all-season camping.

Value
The All Season is a good value if you camp on snow and want one pad to do everything.

Other Versions
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite, $130, is the most comfortable lightweight sleeping pad in existence and wins our Top Pick Award. A regular size weighs only 12 ounces and the small a mere 8 ounces. Both pack down ludicrously tiny. The XLite has become the standard pad for ultralight trips of all types in all conditions. This is our testers' favorite sleeping pad for multi-day trips.

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm, $150, wins our Editor's Choice Award, as it is the best winter sleeping pad on the planet. It weighs a mere 15 ounces, packs to 1.4 liters, and its internal air baffles and reflective barriers keep you nearly as warm as a propane heater. From Alaska to Greenland to Patagonia, and all across the Lower 48, our testers have used the XTherm side-by-side, over the past two years, with top competing pads. Our tests consistently show the XTherm is the warmest, most comfortable, lightest, and most compact sleeping pad available.

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.

Accessories
For inflation consider the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Pump Sack (3.8 oz.), which doubles as a camp stool, stuff sack, or backpack liner. We recommend this for inflating the pad in the winter when water vapor from your lungs condenses inside the pad. If you are car camping, consider bringing one of these inexpensive pumps: the Airhead Hand Pump or the Airhead 12V Air Pump.

The Therm-a-Rest Compack Chair (6 oz.) turns almost any pad (from any manufacturer) into a comfortable camp chair with back support.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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Most recent review: July 8, 2013
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 3 reviewers recommend it
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5 Total Ratings
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3 star: 20%  (1)
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   Jun 29, 2013 - 10:49am
Fliss · Backpacker
We've been using these pads for several years now since they first came out and absolutely love them. More compact than foam pads, so they can go inside the pack, reducing the Christmas tree effect, is a definite plus. They are also incredibly warm and durable. We've slept on the most unpleasant surfaces - rocks, holes, you name it - and the NeoAir All Season smooths it right out. Mine works great with my Katabatic Alsek 22F bag, which straps on easily. Not a bad thing to say about these pads!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Feb 9, 2013 - 03:00pm
The noise fades. Use it a few times it becomes a non-issue for all of the NeoAir Pads. I have used multiple kinds and own two. ymmv of course..but i consider this not worth complaining about.

I've used the All Season for about a year in conditions ranging from high altitude mountaineering to cragging, to road tripping, to open bivies in areas ranging from the northwest US to central south america to Patagonia alpine. My only resevation is that it is over built…and they make the X-Therm for that. I've never had a single leak or puncture. 'Nuff said on that topic for me.

Comfy and warm, durable, light and compact. I don't know what the Gearlab review is talking about with regard to the edges collapsing. ???

4 stars instead of 5 simply because I reserve perfect ratings for gear I've used for years and know inside and out. There is really nothing I can find fault with that is not an intentional design by the mfr. (i.e. heavier and more durable)
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   Feb 9, 2013 - 09:02am
NomadicPatoux · Hiker · Calgary, Alberta Canada
I used this sleeping pad for three separate trips over a four month period in India, Ethiopia, , East Africa and on Kilimanjaro. This pad kept me warm, and dry did not slide (my sleeping bag did slide) but the pad did not slide and was very comfortable. It rolls up into a very small little bundle. Although not cheap I would recommend it to other trekkers/hikers. It is long and does get a little awkward rolling it up in a tent. My wife wished she had bought this pad and not the super light neoair pad.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jun 26, 2012 - 06:43pm
shalo · Climber · Gunnison
You are not kidding about noisy….and as far as durability, I won't take it anywhere without a patch kit. Even being uber-cautious about the terrain I choose to sleep on I have gotten over 10 holes in this sleeping pad over the course of the past 6 months. It now has another slow leak which I am in the process of trying to track down…not super durable, but on the upside it is extremely comfortable and lightweight!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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