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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.
Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol, $45, is the most versatile lightweight closed-cell sleeping pad we've tested. The pad works in just about any camping situation, whether on a big wall in Yosemite, alpine climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, or car camping.
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 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.
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.
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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