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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper Duo Review

An incredibly comfortable duo sleeping pad most suitable for car camping couples looking to kick lonely cold nights to the curb
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper Duo
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Price:  $325 List
Pros:  Very comfortable, easily inflated, variable firmness on each side
Cons:  Heavy, expensive, too wide for many two person backpacking tents
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-Rest
By Brian Martin ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2021
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#10 of 17
  • Comfort - 30% 9
  • Weight and Packed Size - 30% 4
  • Warmth - 20% 7
  • Ease of Inflation - 10% 3
  • Durability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Upon unboxing, we were a bit overwhelmed with the size and weight of the Therm-a-Rest Camper Duo and feared this pad would live on the shelf in our garage due to its prohibitive size and weight. Since that time, the overall functionality, versatility, and supreme comfort have won us over. In essence, the Camper Duo is comprised of two thick, comfortable sleeping pads welded together with a mostly unnoticeable seam down the middle. While seemingly simple in design, it solves many issues the intrepid camping couple faces, such as the dreaded parting of the sleeping pads that seem to take place in the middle of the night; not unlike when Moses parted the Red Sea.

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Pros Very comfortable, easily inflated, variable firmness on each sideSuperior warmth, small packed size, lightLightweight, warm for the weight, packs small, comfortable, versatileGreat value, wide, reasonably lightLightweight, affordable, great warmth adding supplement
Cons Heavy, expensive, too wide for many two person backpacking tentsNarrow, expensiveExpensive, edges not as stable as other pad designsLow R-value, thinner than someBreaks down over time, dimples gather dirt and moisture
Bottom Line An incredibly comfortable duo sleeping pad most suitable for car camping couples looking to kick lonely cold nights to the curbA true jack of all trades sleeping pad with a highly effective updated valve systemThis model boasts a big weight savings, is comfortable, and provides great all around performanceThis pad boasts an excellent value in a light and compact packageAn effective pad that offers decent three season warmth in a very lightweight package
Rating Categories Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Klymit Static V2 Therm-A-Rest Z Lite...
Comfort (30%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
1
Weight And Packed Size (30%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Warmth (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
2.0
4.0
Ease Of Inflation (10%)
3.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
Durability (10%)
7.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
10.0
Specs Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Therm-a-Rest NeoAir... Klymit Static V2 Therm-A-Rest Z Lite...
Weight 77.44 oz 18.2 oz 16 oz 17.5 oz 14 oz
Thickness 3 in 2.5 in 2.5 in 2.5 in 0.75 in
Claimed R Value 2.5 6.9 4.2 1.3 2
Length 77 72 in 72 in 72 in 72 in
Width 80 20 in 20 in 23 in 20 in
Packed Volume (L) 12.8 L 1.8 L 1.8 L 0.9 L 1.8 L
Breaths to Inflate n/a 15-20 15-20 12-14 0
Type Air Construction/Synthetic Insulation Air Construction/Baffled Insulation Air Construction/Baffled Insulation Air Construction Closed-cell foam

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you're on the hunt for a couples sleeping pad, the Camper Duo is worth a good hard look. If 4+ pounds is a dealbreaker, this might be a bit too much pad for you, though the supreme comfort is not to be missed.

Performance Comparison


This pad is an ultra-comfortable heavyweight in a field of sleeping...
This pad is an ultra-comfortable heavyweight in a field of sleeping pads that often place weight on an equal pedestal to comfort.
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Comfort


With separated air chambers for each camper, a pleasantly unnoticeable welded seam down the middle, and ample cushion, the Therm-a-Rest Camper Duo is top-notch in the comfort department. Our main testing couple has spent an innumerable number of nights out on separate sleeping pads and has bemoaned the complications this brings along. Spooning is almost completely ruled out with traditional inflatable pads as they gradually scoot apart. Not only does the Camper Duo solve that problem, but it also stays welded to the ground when just one person gets up to do some midnight "duty". Upon returning from said duty, the dual air chambers insulate one from the bounce created by another person sliding back into their sleeping bag.

Two average-sized humans will find the separate air chambers, deep...
Two average-sized humans will find the separate air chambers, deep cushion, and large footprint more than adequate for a good night's slumber.
Photo: Brian Martin

The textured fabric also did quite well at keeping us in place, even on campsites that weren't perfectly flat. To cap off the high level of comfort provided by the Duo, we found solo car camping trips to be even more plush with the floor space of a Full sized bed under us.

Weight and Packed Size


Using the Camper Duo, we got the sense that this pad was made with couples comfort in mind, and details such as weight and packed size were more of a side discussion in the design room. At around 4.5 pounds, you can definitely feel the heft of this pad. That being said, it isn't too crazy to imagine hauling this pad around on mellow backpacking trips where the ability to be cozy and comfy is more important than how light and quick you can be.

At four pounds and eight ounces, this thing is quite heavy. Its also...
At four pounds and eight ounces, this thing is quite heavy. Its also a much large package than other duo pads we have tested.
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Warmth


The Camper Duo is probably one of the most interesting pads we have tested to assess for overall warmth to date. Because of the rather seamless weld down the middle and thick padding for side sleeping, warmth from spooning is an important piece of this metric. When used for solo car camping, the 2.5 R-value proved adequate with the bonus of never waking up shivering having slid off one side or the other. When out camping as a couple, we felt we could endure significantly colder temps just with the ability to spoon and zip sleeping bags together. This also helped us understand the relatively low three-season R-rating. Depending on how much of a nuclear furnace your partner is, a higher R-rating might prove to be too much.

Having the entire floor of your tent insulated from below gives a...
Having the entire floor of your tent insulated from below gives a massive boost in warmth over having two single pads. Our tent was toasty warm, even in some near-freezing temps.
Photo: Brian Martin

Ease of Inflation


If you've seen any of our reviews covering the newish winglock valve from Therm-a-Rest, you know we swooned when they released it a few years back. These valves are chunky, durable, and work extremely well when paired with the winglock pump sack. The pump sack locks onto the valve with a satisfying pop and allows for quick, even forceful inflation. We were able to inflate both sides of the pad within approximately eight minutes, which is pretty dang good considering the overall size.

The Therm-a-Rest pump sack is made of lightweight nylon that fills...
The Therm-a-Rest pump sack is made of lightweight nylon that fills easily and gives a large volume of air per fill. Once you are used to the dual-action winglock valves, they are excellent.
Photo: Brian Martin

The winglock valves also allow for micro-adjustments in how much pressure each side of this pad holds. While most sleeping pads can be adjusted in this way, the twist valve lets us have the control we want without going too far and having to re-inflate.

The pump sack seats onto the winglock valve easily but securely. It...
The pump sack seats onto the winglock valve easily but securely. It will pop off if you get too aggressive or when the pad is completely filled.
Photo: Brian Martin


Durability


Through our research period, we noticed several reviews complaining of durability, specifically from individuals who developed leaks in the fabric of their pad. This is an unfortunate reality for those who have spent a significant amount of time on air-filled sleeping pads. We've used pads with incredibly thick fabrics, pads with paper-thin polymers and found that any air pad can be vulnerable to puncture. Surely the Camper Duo is no different, though we did put ours through the wringer and didn't develop any leaks.

The valve system is an important durability consideration. Through the years of experience we have with the Winglock valve, we've found it to be reliable and durable, and it has yet to cause us any upsets on any of the handful of pads we're using that have the same system.

The winglock valves are chunky, durable, and able to put up with the...
The winglock valves are chunky, durable, and able to put up with the rigors of backcountry use.
Photo: Brian Martin


Value


There is no doubt that this is a luxurious sleeping pad for couples wanting to add a bit more comfort to their packing and car camping adventures. The price may be just about right, honestly. It feels like a lot of money for one item, but it's a sleeping pad cleverly built for two. It's cheaper than two quality sleeping pads, and certainly works better for two than just scooting two traditional air pads together.

Conclusion


We were a bit hesitant at the onset of testing double sleeping pads, thinking it was a gimmick. The reality couldn't be further from that assumption. The Therm-a-Rest Camper Duo is extremely comfortable and did well eliminating the annoyances couples experience when attempting to scoot pads together.

While the Camper Duo is a bit heavy to lug into the backcountry...
While the Camper Duo is a bit heavy to lug into the backcountry, it's a great sidecountry pad or car camping pad. We've even used it when we have too many guests staying over and had some positive friend feedback as well.
Photo: Brian Martin

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