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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season Review

   

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  • Currently 4.0/5
Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: January 17, 2016
Price:   $160 List | Varies from $140 - $157 online
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Pros:  Comfortable, warm, lightweight, compact, versatile, durable
Cons:  Edges collapse under load, noisy, heavier than NeoAir XTherm and XLite.
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-Rest
Review by: Jeremy Bauman ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ January 17, 2016  
Overview
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season is a warm, durable, and comfortable sleeping pad. Like the Editors' Choice winning Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm, the All Season is appropriate for four-season use. It's not quite as light, but its rectangular shape makes it more comfortable than the XTherm. Overall, we think that the additional comfort and lower price point are the primary reasons to choose this pad over our Editors' Choice winner. However, if comfort and low weight are your top concerns, we also urge you to consider a NeoAir XTherm.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season is a top contender that is very comfortable and quite warm. It successfully strives to be a good balance between performance and comfort. If you need a pad for year-round use and can only have one, it is an excellent choice if you don't mind a little extra weight for enhanced comfort.

Performance Comparison


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In our comfort category, the rectangular shape of this pad helped it edge out the Editors' Choice winning XTherm with its tapered design.
Credit: Jeremy Bauman

Comfort


The All Season is a rectangular winter pad in Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir series. Its shape gives you more space at the head and feet, which many testers find more comfortable than the mummy shapes of other pads like the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm. The rectangular shape of the All Season was especially appreciated by side sleepers whose feet often roll off of tapered pads. Another advantage of the boxy shape is that it is easier to balance your pillow.

More importantly, our testers loved this pad's relatively flat sleeping surface. Consistently, our testers found that the flatter a surface is, the more comfortable it is. For instance, the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL was much more plush than the All Season, but has divots that your body will roll into. We found the All Season nearly as comfortable as the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture. Both feature a similar design, but the baffles on the All Season are quite noisy and sound like you're sleeping on tin foil. When bundled up tight, our sleeping bags provided quite a bit of noise dampening. But on warmer nights, the sound was intrusive to the sleep of some. For this reason, the All Season drops to an 8/10 for comfort.

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As you can see, the baffles on this pad are quite shallow. Our testers consistently found this more comfortable than designs with deep baffles that tend to pull your body into them.
Credit: Jeremy Bauman

Weight


Tipping the scale at 21 oz, the All Season is considerably heavier than the XTherm and Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. For this reason the vast majority of our testers reach for those pads on weight-conscious trips.

Warmth


With an R-value of 4.9, the Therm-a-Rest All Season is among the warmest pads we tested. Although not quite as toasty as the XTherm, it's still a good choice for winter use.

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The shallow baffles of the All Season make it quite comfortable for back or side sleepers. Further, it is warm enough for winter use.
Credit: David Clark

Packed Size


As you can see in the photo below, this pad packs small, but it's still larger than most other NeoAir pads. However, relative to most of the pads in the review, this one is about average in size.

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Packing down to about two liters in size, this mat is quite packable.
Credit: Jeremy Bauman

Durability


The All Season uses a durable 75-denier polyester and 70-denier nylon that make it 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 Scotland to China!! This pad is remarkably durable and we expect you to be able to use it for years and years.

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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

Best Applications


The All Season is a great all-purpose pad for year-round use. It may not be the highest performing piece of equipment due to its heavier weight, but it strikes an excellent balance between comfort, warmth, and durability. If you want one comfortable pad that you can use year round, then this pad is a top contender from roadside sleeping to high alpine bivies.

Value


The All Season is a good value if you frequently camp on snow and want one pad to do everything. For $150, this pad delivers what you'd expect. It is a high scoring piece of gear with a relatively high price tag. It isn't the best value out there if you're on a budget, but it is considerably cheaper than the Editors' Choice winning NeoAir XTherm. That pad is slightly less comfortable but is warmer.

Conclusion


True to its name, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season is a high scoring piece that provides year-round warmth. The boxy design is more comfortable than the weight saving mummy shape of similar pads. It has a flat surface that is a dream to sleep on but some testers complained that it is too noisy. Overall, we were pleased to sleep on this pad and found it to be a versatile contender that was worth the extra weight unless you demand that every ounce you carry is maximally efficient. This is an excellent pad that'll keep you comfortable no matter your adventure.

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Pictured here, the All Season is used side-by-side with the thicker Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core. We found the All Season to be the more comfortable of the two.
Credit: Jeremy Bauman

Other Versions & Accessories


Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper
  • Cost- $100.00 ($60 less than the All Season)
  • Weight- 1lbs 8oz (5oz more than the All Season)
  • Thickness- 3 inches (.5 inch thicker than the All Season)
  • R-Value- 2.2 (less than half the All Season)

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NeoAir Pump Sack
  • Used to inflate any Thermarest pad
  • Functions as a stuff sack also, doubles as a camp seat by placing rolled and partially inflated NeoAir pad inside sack
  • Ideal for wintertime use when air from your lungs condenses inside the pad, decreasing the warmth
  • 3.8 oz
  • $29.95

Jeremy Bauman


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