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Therm-a-rest NeoAir Review

   

Men's Sleeping Pads

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Overall avg rating 2.4 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: March 15, 2012
Street Price:   Varies from $100 - $190 | Compare prices at 4 resellers
Pros:  Super compact, very light, comfortable, warm.
Cons:  Not durable, narrow, sticky coating
Best Uses:  Extreme fast and light activities of short duration where you can sleep on soft surfaces.
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Recommendations:  50% of reviewers (1/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-rest
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 15, 2012  
Overview
The original NeoAir has been replaced by a whole line of NeoAirs. You can now choose from five models that improve upon the original design. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm is the ultimate all-purpose pad, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite is the best ultralight pad, the All Season an excellent all-purpose four-season pad (car camping, backpacking, skiing), the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker is good for summer backpacking where weight is less of a priority than price, and the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Women's is a shorter and slightly warmer version of the Regular XLite. The new pads are much better than the old one!


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Most recent review: March 15, 2012
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50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
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   Sep 22, 2010 - 08:59pm
Pie · Climber · So-Cal
edit to the below post, popped it finally
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   Aug 5, 2010 - 08:12pm
Pie · Climber · So-Cal
Have to disagree with the above posts. Used whenever i camp, coubled with a closed cell foam underneath, and the setup is great!. I also use it by itself when climbing and camping in the backcountry and have never had a problem, estimate sleeping on it for over 35 nights.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Aug 5, 2010 - 06:48am
Neil · Climber · Here and there
I used this sleeping pad for a month-long mountaineering trip in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. Although the pad was warm enough and plenty comfortable, the horizontal "seams" started to blow out 10 days into the trip, resulting in a bubble about 8 inches thick that ran the entire width of the pad.

The funny thing is that the bubble kinda made a nice pillow; the not-so-funny thing is that I couldn't blow the pad up very much or more seams would slowly blow out.

Throughout the remainder of the trip the bubble got bigger and bigger until I could only use about half of the pad. At the end of the trip I took out my frustrations on the pad by intentionally blowing out all the seams, creating a football-shaped air mattress that was 2-feet thick at the thickest point, and made a pretty good chair.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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