When you Google for “Best air mattress for hiking”, you will probably find the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite on the top of the list. For good reason also in my opinion. I’ve bought the large version of it and I’ve been sleeping on it now for a number of nights. There are a number of good characteristics of the air mattress, but also a few that are starting to annoy me, especially in comparison to the Exped ones.
First the good!
- It is very light! With the large version weighing 460 grams
- It sleeps very, very good which is very important 🙂
- It packs down quite small. The sack for it is a bit bigger so even if you roll up it bad, it will still fit. Actually, my air pillow and the pump sack will also fit in it.
- It’s quite easy to get all the air out of it. This is how I’m doing it. When I lay on it, I let the air escape so 75 percent of the air in already gone. Then I just start to fold it up and the rest of the air escapes from it.
- The R value is 3.3 which is also still good enough for a cold night in the winter
And now the bad…
- I am blowing it up with a pump sack. When you remove the pump sack from the nozzle, air will come out of the mattress so you always have to blow air in it with your mouth to fill it up again. Then with your tongue on the nozzle, you have to close the valve. In comparison to Exped, they have a system that won’t let air escape when you blow it in. It should be quite easy to create a valve that let air in, but not out when you don’t want it to.
- It’s a bit weird how you have to connect the pump sack to the nozzle. It’s just a plastic opening and with some force you have to sqeeze the nozzle in it. I’m wondering how long the pump sack will last.
The good things for me at least is more important then the bad things. Like I said, it sleeps really good and it is light and in this order, these are the 2 most important things to me.
I will keep you updated on my experiences with the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite!
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