NEMO Astro Insulated
Overall this pad has been pretty good. I like that it folds up small and is lightweight, and it's pretty easy to pack away, but it is not self-inflating and sometimes leaks air.
- Folds up small
- Keeps your body warm even in the snow
- Thick enough to not feel rocks, sticks, etc.
- Not self-inflating, have to manually blow it up
- Sometimes leaks air when the lock mechanism is knocked lose
- Hard to blow back up if another person is in the tent, can't be on it
- It's an air pad, so it could potentially pop when you need it
Overall, I am happy with this pad because it is easy to tote around on backpacking trips and it worked well up on Mt. Adams in the snow. Make sure your air valve is completely locked and not to knock it all moving around or it will open and spill your air.
I've found that you have to either completely get out of the tent or sit on the other person's pad to refill, which is not fun in the middle of the night.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $80
I bought the insulated version of the Astro alone, without the Pillowtop. I love camping but normally don't sleep that well on my existing mats.
The Astro is definitely a step up in comfort over other mats I've tried and I slept much better than I normally sleep. Weight and pack size are adequate, but worth it for the better sleep.
The Astro takes a bit of lung power to inflate, which is a downside over my self-inflating mats, but again the trade-off is a more comfortable sleep. I'm considering adding the Pillowtop, but it is quite pricey for what it is.
Overall I'm pretty happy with this purchase.
Price Paid: $90
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