Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90
The cushy and economical 3.5 season NeoAir answer for the average camper!
It is not always about the lightest and quickest for me...and certainly not for many people who enjoy staying overnight outdoors. For this reason I have been trying to review gear that is not specifically for the ultralight big and fast mile super-hikers out there...because the best gear for the average camper is not always the same as it is for ultralight super-hikers. Often more durable gear can be purchased for significantly less...at a cost of only a few ounces.
The Camper is the NeoAir answer for those who want to keep things relatively light and compact...but don't mind an extra ounce or two of comfort and durability. The full size is a dream for tummy sleepers (I am one)...and many side sleepers who are bothered by the small foot space on a lot of the trimmed lighter sleeping pads.
The Camper boast an impressive 3 inches of cushion and insulation...which I have been told on many occasions eliminates most of the pressure on the hips..and when used in conjunction with a bivvy bag the Camper keeps me warm in temps below freezing.
Thermarest is easily the most trusted name in sleeping pads...and though there are many pads out there which are just as good...possibly even better...the Thermarest reputation promises many trouble-free years of use (I still have my original Thermarest).
I abuse the crap out of my sleeping pads...in dry conditions I am just as likely to put the pad out on a boulder or other hard surface covered with little sharp stones and vegetation so I can have a comfy seat around the fire...as I am the floor of a tent...and I have never had an issue with any of my Thermarest products (I don't recommend this degree of abuse...and I do carry a repair kit).
I've heard tales of the valves going bad...but never had one actually fail on me...or actually seen a bad valve on another...so my guess is that it is not as commonplace as reviews might have us think.
The only thing I really dislike about the Camper...is like the other Neo-Air pads...they can be a bit noisy. This is such a minor complaint that it is hardly worth mentioning...but you can hear someone rolling out of bed on this pad from several feet away.
The other complaint I might have is also not really a complaint...but more of a warning...if you hate blowing things up the Camper takes several more puffs of air to fully inflate (which I rarely do). Before you think about getting this pad...decide whether a little noise + a few extra puffs of air is worth the added comfort and warmth that his pad brings in such a light and compact package.
In short...the Camper is a sleeping pad that will get the average hiker or camper through all but the most demanding of situations. If your hiking dry trails with long stretches between resupply and every ounce counts...I would look at the lighter trimmed Ne-Air pads...and if you plan on sleeping in temps 20 or more degrees below freezing...then you will need to bring some extra insulation to ensure that you are well protected from the ground...but for the average hiker and camper the Neo-Air Camper is a more comfortable + durable + economical version of the popular Neo-Air sleeping pad and worthy of consideration.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
One of the thickest air mattresses on the market and the most durable, puncture-resistant NeoAir mattress yet, the NeoAir Camper offers 3 inches (7 6cm) of soft, cushioning support Its internal structure contours to your body and provides unmatched stability and warmth without the weight or bulk of conventional insulation Perfect for trips that demand the most reliable and comfortable sleep support, the Camper remains lighter and more packable than most mattresses you'll find in camp Stuff sack and repair kit included
The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir(TM) Camper sleeping pad offers 3 in. of soft cushioning support so you can get a good night's sleep on wilderness adventures. Tough 75-denier polyester bottom and rugged construction make it the most durable, puncture-resistant NeoAir pad yet. Internal structure contours to your body and provides great stability and warmth without the weight or bulk of conventional insulation. Woven fabrics and stretch materials create a soft mattress that cushions you from the hard ground. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir(TM) Camper sleeping pad includes a stuff sack and repair kit.
With a full three inches of thickness, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper Sleeping Pad is one of the plushest and most durable inflatable pads available. The NeoAir technology uses a heat-reflective layer to recycle body heat and conserve warmth, while the internal structure provides the support you need for a good nights sleep in the backcountry.
Part of the ThermaRest Camp & Comfort Series, the Thermarest NeoAir Camper Mattress features NeoAir technology for the most comfort and versatility. At a full threeinches thick, it's one of the thickest air mattresses on the market. It features an internal structure that contours to your body and adds support. Camp & Comfort mattresses have luxurious features making them more comfortable than ever. For a great night's sleep, look no further.Full three inches thick for exceptional comfort and support.Durable, with greater resistance to punctures and wear than any other model.Lighter and more packable than most mattresses.75d ribbed polyester/75 denier polyester shell.Stuff sack and repair kit included.Made in USA.Regular Specs:Size Inches: 20x72Size Centimeters: 51x183Compressed Size: 4"x4"x12" (10x10x15 cm)Weight: 1 lb. 8 oz. (680g)Thickness: 3" (7.6 cm)RValue: 2.2Large Specs:Size Inches: 25x77Size Centimeters: 63x196Compressed Size: 4"x4"x15" (10x10x38 cm)Weight: 1 lb. 14 oz. (850g)Thickness: 3" (7.6cm)RValue: 2.2XLarge Specs:Size Inches: 30x77Size Centimeters: 76x196Compressed Size: 4"x4"x17.5" (10x10x44 cm)Weight: 2 lbs. 4 oz. (1020g)Thickness: 3" (7.6 cm)RValue: 2.2