My new Therm-A-Rest full length cold weather sleeping pad placed on top of my old Therm-A-Rest full length cold weather sleeping pad for comparison purposes. The NeoAir Xtherm Regular obviously has a tapered, more efficient shape. Note the difference in the length of the storage bags. The 32 ounce Nalgene bottle is included for scale.
Bivy or planned multi-day backpacking trip, cold weather or hot, you need a something substantial between you and the ground when it is time to go night night. So how nice is it when technology and innovation team up to give you a critical piece of equipment that is better than what you were using in every aspect? That is what I get when I upgrade my winter ground pad to the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xtherm.
The NeoAir is 2.5 inches thick which is about twice as thick as my old pad. That additional space means more insulating dead air between me and the cold, hard, heat sucking ground. A better performing ground pad helps my other sleep system components perform better meaning they don’t need as much insulation (which serves to lighten my load even further) to work at the same temperatures.
The old Therm-A-Rest pad was very good and it has served me well for many years but it is big and heavy compared to the new ground pad. The scale reads 2 pounds 7.2 ounces with the storage bag. And for extreme cold I have had to pair this pad with a closed cell foam pad like the Therma-A-Rest Z Lite Sol. I don’t have to do that with the NeoAir Xtherm.
Lighter, smaller, better. The NeoAir Xtherm is designed to be folded then rolled up which makes it a lot easier to carry in all my backpacks. It weighs just over a pound with the stuff sack. That is a pad vs. pad weight savings of more than a pound and a half.
What is not to like? It is a little crinkly so it gets a slight ding for noise but overall it is a clear winner. The Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xtherm is functionally the same size (72×20 inches) when laid out but it is half the weight, half the carry size, double the inflated thickness and triple the R value.
That’s a no brainer. Done deal. As Chief Pendley likes to say, I’ll take two if they are free.
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