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Pros Comfortable, lightweight, small packed sizeVery light, super compact, comfortable, versatile, warmer than normal XLiteComfortable, quiet, lightweightLightweight, small packed size, included pump sackComfortable, light, small packed size
Cons Not very warm, not very durableNoisy, expensive, delicate materialsExpensive, heavier than the NeoAir XLiteNot as comfortable as Ether Light and same weight, thinNot very warm, can feel boaty, expensive
Bottom Line Very comfortable but not very warm, we'd recommend it for summer backpacking tripsA great choice for your long backpacking trips, this pad is light, compact and warmComfortable and warm, this model will have you sleeping like a baby out on the trailScored decently well in all our metrics, and has an excellent packed sizeNot the warmest of pads, but it inflates to be a huge, cushy mattress
Rating Categories Exped SynMat UL NeoAir XLite Ether Light XT Insulated Ultralight Insulated Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Petite
Warmth (25%)
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Comfort (25%)
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Durability (10%)
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Weight (25%)
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Packed Size (15%)
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Specs Exped SynMat UL NeoAir XLite Ether Light XT... Ultralight Insulated Big Agnes Q-Core...
Measured Weight 14.6 oz 12oz 15 oz 14.6 16.6 oz
ASTM R Value 2.9 5.4 3.5 3.5 3.2
Thickness 2.8 in 2.5 in 4 in 2 in 4.5 in
Width 25.6 in 20 in 21.5 in 21.5 in 20 in
Packed Size 10.4 x 4.3 in 9 in x 4.1 in 11 x 4.5 in 4 x 9 in 8.27 x 3.94 in
Tested Length 77.6 in 66 in 66 in 72 in 66 in
Bottom Material 20 D Polyester 30D rip HT Nylon 40D nylon 40D nylon Ripstop Nylon
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