User Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker
Price Paid: $139
Trying to save weight, I bought a Neo-Air about a year ago (it's the light version of this one). I've had two of them now and they both leaked. Since Thermarest won't repair them, REI (the best company ever) gave me a Trekker. After a few days of trying it out, I decided not to use it and thought I'd share my reasoning.
The second Neo-Air I had left me freezing one night last month in Shenandoah National Park. I've been backpacking for a long time and made a rookie mistake by not having supplemental ground protection as you should for any inflatable mattress. Think what you want but they're just for comfort. My belief is that if you have to carry additionally insulation anyway, why not save weight and stick with the Neo-Air instead of the additional weight of the Trekker.
The inflatable advocates will argue that they are reliable and all that. I agree to a point but here's the bottom line: All it takes is one leak on one winter night...that's it. Carry the lightest inflatable and supplement it with a thin closed cell. Thanks, Frank