The Nemo Astro Insulated was the thickest pad we reviewed, plush enough to cover up huge grass lumps and roots. At first glance, we thought this would be the most comfortable pad in the review because of its thickness, but other pads ended up feeling more stable. Many reviewers found this pad to be too bouncy and thought the edges collapsed easier than other pads. That said, the 75 denier polyester outer is very comfortable and soft. While it wasn't the heaviest pad we reviewed, we found it a little too heavy for most backpacking trips. We think this is a great pad for short trips or trips near the car.
This pad is comparable with the Best Buy winning Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture that is $40 cheaper and more comfortable. On the other hand, the Astro is much warmer and would be suitable for full three-season use while the Venture feels cold when used on snow. The Astro Insulated is a good pad at a decent price, but isn't our favorite for most activities.
NEMO has updated the color for the Astro Insulated this year, from the bright blue we reviewed to a new, more subtle green. Keep reading to check out the new look!