I have been hiking and backpacking for over 35 years. I am not the kind of person that dumps my old stuff every time a new product comes around. I bought however, to replace my old 1" self inflating Therorest. Best thing I ever did. This thing blows up easily in just a few minutes. It is like sleeping on air compared to my old mat. I used it on a cold windy night in the Smokey's and was well rested for the hike out. The only thing that I would change is the air valve. This one has the valve sticking straight up so it doesn't pack as well as the old style that is parallel to the sleeping surface.
Made a Difference
Had a lessor model in the past. This one I took on a 6214 mile motorcycle trip and enjoyed camping out the entire time. I was even able to sleep on my side. I'm 6'3" and 215 lbs. I'm wide, but don't fault the mattress for that. I actually slept more to one side and rested my arm on my jacket so it wouldn't fall off the pad. this didn't affect the the pad at all. It is very small packing footprint and that is a big plus. Really liked it. 27 breaths to fill it and 3.5 weeks of usage and not a problem. Can't wait till next year.
Slept thru the rain.
I got to use my new Thermarest last weekend on an overnight backpacking trip. We got caught in the rain on Saturday night and were in our tents from 7 PM to 9 AM Sunday. I'm 64 and that's a lot longer than I can normally sleep on the ground, but I slept nearly the whole time. I was clearly warmer and more comfortable than I am accustomed to being under those conditions. I'm just too old and fussy to fool around with marginal gear. I've used many air mattresses over the years. This is the best I've slept on.
Wonderful for unconventional use too!
I don't just use my Thermarest air mattresses outside for camping; I use four large ones, side by side, underneath my california king organic wool mattress and now have a bed from heaven. (Four 72" x 20" air mattresses create almost the exact outer dimensions of a california king mattress, 72" x 84".) The 3.5 inches of air provides just enough cushion and lift underneath the wool mattress so I no longer feel the bed slats. This just confirms that making healthy choices can also be comfortable ones, thanks to Thermarest.
Love this mattress! Compared to the more expensive and slightly lighter NeoAir counterpart....I actually prefer this one because it is SO much quieter! There is none of that aweful crackling noise whenever you move and the more fabric-like surface holds you on much better. I didn't find myself slipping off at night and it is quite comfortable. (It probably wouldn't be warm enough for winter camping...but I don't camp in the winter.) I slept very well on this and am planning on getting another one for a family member.
Light weight, Great for side sleepers!
Worked very well on a recent trip in the Grand Canyon. Very happy to have a comfortable mattress so I can sleep on my side without hitting bottom or inflating to rock-hardness. Takes about 20 breaths to inflate. A little cool on cold nights, but that comes with the R2 value. I was pleased with the roomy stuff sack provided as the mattress compacts very small. Plan to use this on my AT thru-hike next year.
this is FANTASTIC!!!
I am a side sleeper and the "torso" length works really well for me. It's wide enough for me to be completely cushioned when I curl up on my side and the short length cuts the weight down for me. I've used the regular neo air and it's not wide enough for me. I also like that this one comes with it's own storage sack included for the same price.
This is a game-changer!
Although it takes more breath to inflate than the typical foam-filled pad, it definitely pays off on your back! I recommend inflating it well before bedtime, then topping it off right before you rest for the night. Your warm breath cools and contracts, so the pressure drops. It needs to be topped off again before bed, then it will hold a steady pressure all night!
Field Tested and Approved!
Great job ThermaRest, I think you finally got it right! I've tried other ThermaRest sleeping pads for my treks through the woods and none have lasted a single season. The NeoTrekker has already lasted 20 nights in mountainous terrain and shows absolutely no ware. It is one of the lightest, the most compact and the most comfortable pad I've ever used.
To much of a good thing...
I have used this pad in extreem winter tempatures and situations and it holds up very nicely. It is as light weight and packable as they come and suprisingly very durable. However the inflation time is brutal and could have the potential to pass a person out. Forty exhalations is quite a bit over a long 6 day adventure.