User Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 60 Pounds
I have yet to find more comfort in sleeping rough than can be found on top of a NeoAir.
- THICK comfort
- Super light
- Packs down TINY
- Sooo waaaaaarm
- Limited lifespan
- Bigger footpad than anticipated
The NeoAir changed my ability to sleep out in the wild.
Rewind 6 years and you'd find me hallucinating in the bush on day 20 or so of a major trip. My vision was a complete blur, I was unable to communicate and I would cry one second and laugh the next all due to attempting to survive on less than 1 hour of sleep a night due to being soo uncomfortable.
How I wish I'd had a NeoAir back then.
Using a NeoAir allowed to adventure out without the dread in the back of my mind that every day I would be mentally exhausted and it would only get worse until I was back in a real bed.
- It's actually comfortable. Seriously... it's f***ing amazing!
- It is light, but not foam mat light (but lets be honest, foam sucks)
- It packs down really small, consistently smaller than my Nalgene.
- It reflects a ridiculous amount of your heat BACK up at you.
Any one of those Pros would make a sleeping mat purpose built for some use, but to have all of them in a SINGLE mat is plain ridiculous good. I've been doing the outdoors for 21 years (and counting) and never thought such a thing would exist.
And that being said, the Cons:
- The NeoAir has a limited lifespan, it simply seems to wear out.
- The footpad is bigger than expected.
I'll start with the second one first, because it's a bit of a nit pick. Essentially if you try to put two of these suckers side by side in a 2-person tent, especially tents that taper at one end, they won't necessarily fit. I'm only saying it, because I haven't found that with any other sleeping mat, and mine was STANDARD size.
The reports that a few others here have stated is true, after a while it starts to leak. So how long is a while? It's about 100 days.
Yup, 100 nights of glorious sleep later you'll suddenly notice that you wake up and the mattress won't quite be as firm as it should be (even allowing for cooler air reducing internal air pressure over night).
At 130 days you'll wake up with your ass (I'm a back sleeper) touching the ground. But EVEN THEN IT IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE SLEEPING MAT I'VE EVER USED, it's just no longer suitable for using in freezing temperatures for safety reasons.
So yes, the weld points very slowly leak air, but it's COVERED BY LIFETIME WARRANTY, so I have a new one, and all it cost me was a little postage. Perhaps it shouldn't do this, but I will never ever use something less comfortable than this NeoAir.
In short, if you're going on trips less than 100 consecutive days, forget the cost, GET a NeoAir and camp in the type of comfort you wouldn't have believed possible.
If you go on trips longer than 100 consecutive days, plan about that time to spend a couple of weeks relaxing in civilization while you send the NeoAir to get replaced under warranty.