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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.
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
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.
It's considerably heavier than the NeoAir XTherm and XLite. For this reason the vast majority of our testers reach for those pads on weight conscious trips.
As you can see in the photo below the pad packs small, but still larger than most other NeoAir pads.
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.
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.
All-purpose, all-season camping.
The All Season is a good value if you camp on snow and want one pad to do everything.
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.
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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