Outdoor Retailer: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir

2:50 a.m. on August 9, 2008 (EDT)
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Three decades ago Therm-a-Rest rethought the air mattress, adding foam and creating the self-inflating, insulated sleeping pad. Now they’ve rethought the concept again and come up with another novel approach to adding warmth to an air mattress. The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir utilizes a reflective barrier embedded in the middle of a 2.5-inch thick air mattress. Heat from the sleeping user is reflec...

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2008/08/09/therm-a-rest-neoair.html

12:16 a.m. on August 13, 2008 (EDT)
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You can't deflect cold back down. Cold isn't a thing. It's the absence of heat. DOH! No offense intended.


2:05 a.m. on August 13, 2008 (EDT)
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Al, can't you see the little blue arrows in the illustration? Clearly, the cold is being deflected.

Little blue arrows trump your so-called "science."

8:34 a.m. on August 13, 2008 (EDT)
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Little blue arrows... "science". LMAO. And here I thought the red arrows were a symbol proving what ever you say bounces off and sticks to you?

9:11 a.m. on August 13, 2008 (EDT)
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Al, thanks for pointing out a very sloppy piece of writing (and utter lack of thinking). I've updated the original post to bring it back within the bounds of physics.

12:16 p.m. on August 14, 2008 (EDT)
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Dave, what sizes do the pads pack down to? As a hammock camper this pad slipped into a segmented pad extender may be the one pad solution if insulating & radiant system is more than hype. Being able to leave home the ocf, ccf & space blanket reducing couple ounces and a lot of volume would be nice.

1:05 p.m. on August 14, 2008 (EDT)
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The Therm-a-rest new product info says:

"The ultralight, compact air mattress packs to the size of a one liter bottle."

5:43 p.m. on August 15, 2008 (EDT)
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They pack down pretty small. They had one packed down to a little smaller than a Nalgene, but I'm not sure which size mattress that was. I'll see if I can get some specs for you...

9:25 a.m. on August 19, 2008 (EDT)
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Here are the official packed sizes for the NeoAir:

Small - 9 x 3.3 inches
Med - 9 x 4 inches
Reg - 9 x 4 inches
Large - 11 x 4.5 inches

The medium technically packs about 10% smaller than the regular, but they use the same size packaging.

10:36 a.m. on August 19, 2008 (EDT)
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5:14 p.m. on October 2, 2008 (EDT)

I presume that without a foam core these are not going to be self inflating? Back to the days of kneeling red-faced and faint in the tent doorway?

I still want one though!

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