The NeoAir XLite mattress delivers more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress available. Our patent-pending technologies deliver that performance with minimal weight and less bulk than a one-liter water bottle. Softer fabrics bring better next-to-skin comfort and a boost in durability, all with no added weight. For the discerning alpinist, thru-hiker or backcountry minimalist who's counting every ounce, there is simply no better choice to assure the kind of rest you need to enjoy tomorrow. Stuff sack and repair kit included. Ultralight: Advanced fabrics and a tapered design make this the lightest 3-season backpacking air mattresses available, with no peer in its warmth-to-weight ratio. Warm: Patent-pending, reflective ThermaCapture™ technology traps radiant heat while Triangular Core Matrix™ construction minimizes convective heat loss–all without the bulk, weight or durability issues of down and synthetic fills. Comfortable: 2.5” (6 cm)-thickness, soft-touch fabrics and baffled internal structure provide unrivaled stability and support. Ultra-Packable: Low-bulk materials make the XLite mattress the most compact NeoAir mattress ever – as packable as a water bottle. R-value 3.2, weight 12 0z (0.34 kg), width 20 in, length 72 in, thickness 2,5 in. Packed dimensions 9 in x 4 in. Fabric type 30D rip HT nylon. Made in USA of U.s and global materials.
This is a fantastic, comfortable pad and given the number of them in use on the trail I assume it is the most popular. Please consider making a 25" regular with the new Uberlite coming next year. Even though a large isn't a huge weight penalty, the extra length takes up too much space.
I am 6'5" with a 52" chest and a 38" waist and I sleep like a baby on the Men's XLite Large. I am a side sleeper and sleep with a down quilt and I sleep like a baby night after night. Only gets 4 stars because the material can be a bit noisy if you move while you sleep. If you're looking for supreme comfort, this may not be what you're looking for. But if what you need is a comfortable place to lay your head after a long day on the trail, this pad is like a dream in a hammock or a tent.
Great product but you need to make a shorter 25" wide model.
I've used mine for close to 100 nights and had had no problems or leaks. Being pretty broad-shouldered, the large/25" model does the trick - my arms just fall off the 20" models. While the length of the large is definitely nice, I would buy a shorter wide model if it were offered for trips where I am more focussed on reducing weight/bulk.
I have had this mattress for a couple years now. I ended up buying them for the whole family. It has been bomb proof so far. I always use a footprint or ground cloth, so no punctures for me. I've slept on it in 20 degree temps and been warm with a quilt. After 2yrs of trekking and some serious conditions it's as good as the day I bought it. We now have 4 of these and zero issues. Oh yeah its a bit noisy when you move around. But way more comfortable than a foam pad that weighs the same.
Too narrow, arms fall off the pad when sleeping on my back
I bought the WR (Women's Regular), which is 20" wide by 66" long. The length is perfect for me (I'm 5'4") but it's way too narrow. When I lie down on my back, my hands are going to resting on the hard cold granite of Canadian Shield. I'm going to return it and get the large, for the extra width at 25" (still too narrow for my liking) but I'll be carrying around a whole extra foot of pad in the length.
Quality materials, very comfortable, and packs down so small! I'm a backcountry guide in Alaska and the Rockies and this is the only blow-up pad I use. Not only is it small and lightweight, but it makes rocky and tundra-y tent sites really enjoyable! For long glacial/ snow trips I bring a foam pad to go underneath the Neo-Air too. Love this sleeping pad!
I've used this in tent camping and hammock camping. It's plenty warm and small/light enough for my extended backpacking trips through Boundary Waters. I can't say the noise that everyone complains about is a deal breaker, but the width is definitely lacking at 20" on the small and medium models. It's wide enough to support your shoulders, but not quite wide enough to have room for your arms to be kept at your sides without falling off the pad. I've taken extra clothing and created a little shelf on each side to hold up my arms in the tent, but that doesn't work in a hammock and besides, it's just a goofy fix to what is an obvious problem. They must have a bunch of thin people as part of their test process because I'm not exactly huge weighing in at 180, 5"7'. Side sleeping is fine, but I'm a back sleeper mostly and I should have gotten the large version at 25" width, but I don't need that length.
Make a wide version of the medium. Actually, just increase the with to 25" for all the models because everyone can use the extra width and it prevents the ends from collapsing. You actually only get 18.5" of width out of the current medium size. You know that 98% of your customers are not hard-core, ultralight backpackers. They may be the most vocal out there, but your customer base are those looking for quality and willing to sacrifice a few extra grams of weight for comfort.
Have been impressed with Therm-a-Rest products over the years, they usually serve their purpose, and then some. So far have enjoyed the mattress - bought the long and wide version - can't skimp when you're an above average size. So far the purchase seems worth the money - however, the stuff sack the mattress came with ripped within two uses - guess that's not made with quality these days b/c most people just toss them out. Otherwise, so far so good.
I bought a large xlite for a 3000km through-hike of Te Araroa in New Zealand.
It served me excellently, being light and very comfortable. My girlfriend through-hiked with the women's version, which she also loved.
The often-mentioned "crinkling" noises do occur, but they are really a non-issue as far as we are concerned.
I inflate both mattresses with a small rubber tube, which I've attached to a large rubbish bag that I use as a pack liner. I puff this up and then squeeze the air into the mattresses like a bagpipe. This saves a lot of blowing, and reduces the amount of moisture that gets inside the mattresses from my breath.
The main negatives are cost and fragility, although we've always treated ours carefully and have never had a puncture.