Once again shattering the ceiling of low weight, surprising warmth and packability, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping pad sets a new standard for gram-counting backpackers and adventure racers.
Rated5out of5byKeith and KivafromExtremely Light / Packs Extremely SmallPurchased this about a month ago and used it on a seven day trip in Shenandoah National Park last week. This thing packs really small and takes up just a tiny bit of room in the pack. It's very comfortable and full-size (not a "cut down" version like you'd expect to save weight). The only issue is inflating it after a long day's hike - I found to fully inflate it, it takes 24 full breaths. I ended up fully inflating and then backing out just a small amount to make it just right for comfort. Overall though (other than the inflation piece), very lightweight and very small to pack so it deserves the 5 star rating. The one I have is not too noisy either; not sure if it's a newer version or I'm just lucky?
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated5out of5byRGRfromSmall and lightweightMy wife and I bought these to decrease the size and weight of the sleeping pads we carry when backpacking. We have used them a few times but we really like them. We have not had any problems with leaks. We also don't have an issue with noise like some people have said. They were mildly noising the first time we opened and rolled them back up, but after that they were fine. Definitely no noise when we sleep on them. So far so good! I would definitely recommend for backpacking.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated5out of5bymark3370fromLight but toughInflates very quickly without leaving you breathless. Comfortably supported my 270 pounds. deflates, rolls and stores quickly
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated1out of5byMOHikerfromGreat pad, but.....I really, really, really wanted this pad to be the one that replaced all my other sleeping pads. I own several other pads from other manufacturers that all have their drawbacks. Too heavy, too cold, too uncomfortable. This one has all the right qualities to be my go-to sleeping pad. It's surprisingly small and light to pack. It keeps me warm on cold spring and fall nights. It's comfortable. I slept like a baby as long as it had the right amount of air in it. The problem I've had is that it has had a slow leak from the day I first used it in the field. I was never able to find the leak, but I suspect it is coming from the seam which can't be repaired. I also can't in good conscience return it or get a replacement because I accidentally punctured it when I pitched my tent on a hidden piece of glass. The slow leak that causes me to wake up cold and on the ground started before the puncture which sealed up nicely with the included repair kit so I can't blame it on that. Great pad. Has lots of potential, but the trade-off for the light weight is that the material and construction are fragile.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated5out of5byrjs111fromGreat pad!This is a great product for those looking for a good weight to comfort ratio. I got a small one, and being a side sleeper who tosses and turns all night, I was at first about to return it because it tapers off pretty sharply around the hips and I kept falling off. This changed however when I had the idea to turn it around so my hips were on the wide end. Now I have a pretty wide area to move about that doesn't feel too narrow. I'm so glad I switched from closed cell foam!
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated4out of5byReynstormfromRidiculously thickI bought two 8-oz pads at the same time to audition them for a thru-hike, and to be honest, I returned this one. However, that is no reflection on the product. I only tested it for a couple nights in the living room, and the difference in height between the pad and the floor was distracting for side-sleeping (I bought the shortest length). Later, I started sleeping with my pack under my legs in the tent, and wondered whether I should have kept this pad, because my legs were then much higher than my body.
Excellent pad, very comfortable even for side-sleepers, but make sure you have something under your legs, too.
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated5out of5byCory in GAfromSurvived AT thru-hikeMy dad bought me this pad for Christmas for my upcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hike (2013). It quickly became my favorite piece of gear. In the past I had always tossed and turned when camping from pressure points on my hips and shoulders (side sleeper). I got some great nights' sleep with the XLite. I was a bit nervous about its durability prior to starting, but I only had one pin-hole leak which I got in PA. It was easily patched with the included kit.
I slept probably 50/50 in shelters and in my tent. When in a shelter, I did not use any barrier between the pad and the wood floor. My tent has a sil-nylon floor with no extra ground-cloth or footprint. I would kick all the sticks and rocks out of the way, but I did not particularly pamper it.
Also worth noting, Thermarest has definitely changed the material at least a time or two for the XLite. There seemed to be some that were more transparent than others on the trail. I would speculate that they did this to increase durability as some of the early reviews seemed to have lots of leaks compared with my experience and that of my fellow thru-hikers.
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated5out of5byJerry DenimfromI hit the NeoAir jackpotMy wife bought me this pad in a size regular as a birthday gift this past year. I've been wanting a thicker inflatable pad for a while and was pretty stoked to get such a nice top-of-the-line sleeping pad as a gift. After trying it out and being impressed by its comfort I weighed the pad and felt a tiny bit disappointed that the pad weighed in on my digital kitchen scales at 12.95 ounces. Almost an ounce over the advertised weight, but hey I figured its crazy comfortable and who could blame Thermarest for rounding down to the nearest ounce. Its hard to manufacture everything to exact tolerances. Fast forward to tonight when I had both my new X-Lite and my old Thermarest Pro-Lite pad side by side in a new tent set-up I was trying out. I noticed the X-Lite looked a bit longer than its older cousin which was also a size "R" or regular. Placing the Prolite on top of the X-Lite I immediately saw it was a least a good six inches longer. I measured the two and it turns out the Prolite regular is indeed a regular size as advertised- 72 inches. The X-Lite despite being packaged and sold as a regular turned out to be 77 inches long making it a size 'Large'. All the more remarkable because despite the five extra inches of the large-sized X-Lite pad it still weighed nearly the correct amount for the regular size.
I say all of this simply to state that there does appear to be some manufacturing anomalies with the X-Lite. It may benefit the gram weenies and inbetween size people to check the weights and/or lengths of a few pads in store if the REI employees don't object. You may get really lucky like me or avoid buying a pad that is heavier or shorter than advertised.
Great pad, even better with a free five inches!
Date published: 2013-11-02
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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad Customer Reviews