For over three years, the NeoAir XTherm continues to take home our Editors' Choice Award. After testing the best the sleeping pad market has to offer, we have yet to find a better combo of warmth and heat retention, longevity, comfort, low weight, and small packed volume. Forced to choose just one model for the entire year, this would be our hands-down choice. No pad reviewed was warmer, yet it weighs less than a pound. It's a stellar model for winter expeditions, while still lightweight enough for extended backpacking trips in any season. The $200 retail price is steep, but if you want to crash comfortably in cold or warm climates, this pad is worth it. Our only other complaint was that its edges are less stable than other pad designs, making it feel narrower than the 20-inch width suggests. This was a minor issue for most of our testers and the pad comes in a large size that is 5 inches wider. If you don't need a super warm pad for winter use, you should consider saving $40 and 3 ounces by picking up our Top Pick for Ultralight: the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. Overall, the Editors' Choice-winning XTherm is a very high performing pad that is ideal for year-round use. Buy this pad if you want one pad that can handle any conditions or environments.
If you are looking at purchasing the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm but are wanting something that's a little bit bigger, consider buying the Therm-a-rest NeoAir Xtherm MAX. The XTherm MAX provides all the same award-winning features as its smaller counterpart but boasts a classic rectangular shape. Weighing in at 1.1 pounds, the XTherm MAX provides additional stability to the user, without much extra weight.