If your pack only has room for high-performance products, then the NeoAir XLite is up to snuff. This pad wins our Top Pick Award for Ultralight because for 12 ounces you won't have to sacrifice a thing when it comes to comfort and packed size. Unless you do a lot of camping in the snow, this pad is warm enough for use in most summer, spring, and fall conditions. We've used this pad in a myriad of conditions and reach for it more than most others. In fact, one tester who has been backpacking and mountaineering for the past 40 years commented that this was by far the best pad he's ever used. Aside from our Editors' Choice winner, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm (which is a bit heavier, but warmer and more durable), we think that the XLite is one of the most versatile three-season pads on the market.
Perhaps the biggest downside to the NeoAir XLite is its $170 price tag. For a lot less, you could buy the Sea to Summit UltraLight that weighs the same, is almost as comfortable, but packs even smaller. Keep in mind, however, that the UltraLight isn't nearly as warm. Below, we highlight more of the differences between these two amazing pads.
The NeoAir XLite - Women's won our Editors' Choice Award in the Best Sleeping Pad for Women review. The women's version weighs the same as the unisex model, but it is warmer and four inches shorter. We don't recommend the new Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Max SV which is heavier, more expensive, and prone to losing air.