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Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best sleep you'll find in the outdoors I used a cheap pad for a very long time--not wanting to fork over the money for a nice one. Once I decided to invest in an air pad, I bought a cheaper option that leaked immediately. There is nothing worse than the disappointment of ending up on the ground after a day hiking. Long story short, I would not suggest any other pad! I love the mummy shape, the length isn't too long, it packs so small, and it's like sleeping on a cloud. Yes, it's pretty loud, but honestly I would sacrifice that for the level of comfort every single time. After a long day on the trail, there's nothing I want more than a soft place to rest and this pad is definitely worth the investment.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sleeping Pad - Lasted the entire AT I used this sleeping pad every night for my entire 162 day AT thru-hike and love it. I actually looked forward to going to sleep on this pad. It took me about thirty breaths to get it blown up every night, which was a bit more than advertised but still not horrible. I was the only hiker in my group that did not get cold from the frozen ground when the temperature dropped below 30's. I was actually hot on some nights that other people were freezing due to the frozen ground (in conjunction with the REI Joule sleeping bag). I never felt uncomfortable once on this sleeping pad. The pad is a little noisy but over time it gets a little quieter. I did end up getting a leak in the last week of my thru-hike but I patched it up and plan to keep using the same pad.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Comfy! I've previously only used a closed cell foam pad while camping/backpacking and decided to invest in a nicer pad for future trips. While I was a bit hesitant because of the price tag, after sleeping on this pad for a couple nights, I believe that it's worth every penny! I'm a pretty thin person so sleeping on the ground can be painful on my hipbones, but this pad keeps me warm and elevated off the ground! It's the perfect length for me (I'm 5'7") and I felt that the width was fine too. I'd recommend this pad to anyone who wants to be warm and comfy while sleeping on the ground!
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My back loves me! I remember reading a 60yr old backpacker's comment about investing in a good sleeping pad, your back will thank you for it and you can enjoy the outdoors even more. So I ended buying the women size for its size and weight. I'm a 5'5" athletic male and a side sleeper. I got this on sale through the REI OUTLET section, it had flowers pattern on it but you can't tell that its there, only if you hold it at certain angles but I don't care, most of the time its just in the tent with my sleeping bag on top of it. If anyone ask, I just tell them I'm in touch with my feminine side, haha. I took one star off for the crinkle noise and for my shoulders being cold(temp in 35degree, April). The pad wasn't wide enough but kept my entire core from getting zap from the cold ground.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I hiked 2668 miles with mine! I bought a women's for my 2013 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike because of the low weight and pack size and the high R-value. I had previously owned a regular Neo-Air (the rectangular type before they came out with the mummy shape) and was happy with it. I was concerned about bringing my NeoAir through the desert what with all the cacti and Joshua Trees, but it did alright. The first time it got a little hole my friend found it by submersing the mattress near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and watching for bubbles. The patch worked great, and the ease of the repair was heartening. It did develop a slow leak that I suffered with the last 1000 miles of my hike because I couldn't find a hole. That was frustrating. It turns out it was probably a leak at the valve. But by the time I finished my hike, the mattress had served its purpose and it was time to say goodbye. I passed it along to someone willing to clean it and fix the valve. Meaning: these mattresses have an unexpectedly long life (2668 miles/160 days of daily hard use)! And I can vouch that they are hard-working: I was never cold and rarely uncomfortable sleeping on my NeoAir.
Date published: 2014-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm and comfy I like this air mattress. I protects me from the cold ground and is very comfy. I like to sleep on my side and this pad is just thick enough to cushion my hip and shoulder. And when I sleep on my back it distributes the air evenly so there are no points with too much pressure. My only wish is for it to be a bit wider. It comes in a wider width but only in the long and then it's also heavier. I would recommend this to any one looking for a good nights sleep on the trail.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great night of sleep I have used this pad several times since purchasing it, and I can say that ot was worth every cent. It takes me about 20-22 breaths to fully inflate, but I would actually recommend under-inflating it a tad for the most comfort. I am 5'5" and this pad is just long enough for me...my toes dangle off a little but don't hit the ground. The color is cheerful and the noise of the fabric isn't too bad woth a sleeping bag on top of it. Packs down so small and light! Plus, the women's version has a higher r-value, so I haven't been cold at night!
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mat ! I have used the male version of this for 2+ years on many Boy Scout camping trips. Much better cushioning than my prior self inflating and thinner Therm-A-Rest. Better for winter camping too. Bought this for a couple that's getting married and plan to travel around the globe for a year, part of it camping. The small pump bag that it comes with works but takes a while. The optional large orange pump bag is worth the extra $.
Date published: 2016-04-17
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Questions & Answers

I'm a 5'8 woman, is this going to be big enough for me?

Asked by: enthusiast
​Someone who is 5'8" could certainly use this pad. Your feet might hang off by a couple of inches. The advantage of going with the regular size over a longer pad is the weight saving possibilities.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-14

As the pad is not rectangular, what is the width at the foot?

Asked by: IanM
This sleeping pad measures 16 inches wide at the foot.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-11

How do I inflate this item?

Asked by: DeborahS
Inflating the NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad can be done by blowing it up with your mouth or using a pump. REI sells the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mini Pump: https://www.rei.com/product/896046/therm-a-rest-neoair-mini-pump
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-10-10

What makes this pad specifically for women vs the unisex one?

Asked by: CaliMedic
The big difference between the women's NeoAir XLite and the unisex model is the added layer of reflective ThermaCapture technology for added warmth. This give the pad a higher R-value than the unisex model.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-22

Does the 'crinkly-ness' of the pad go away with use? Like when the material gets broken in?

Asked by: Weasel
We have not received any direct feedback regarding the pad becoming less noisy with continued use.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-10

Is it possible to use an 'air pump bag' or an 'air stream pump', like those from Exped and Sea to summit, with a Therm-a-rest air pad? Or do you have to use the 'Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mini Pump' if you don't want to blow it up with your mouth?

Asked by: Linnea
​The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mini Pump is a great choice for inflating this sleeping pad. Therm-a-Rest also make the NeoAir Pump Sack which will also work with this pad. The Sea to Summit Air Stream Pump Dry Sack and the Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag are not compatible with this sleeping pad.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-20

I'm 65" tall. Is this too short for me? I don't want my feet or head to hang off the edge.

Asked by: yayahaha
It's 66" long (inflated) so you should be ok. That said, even a taller person can use this with some tricks. You can put your pack under your feet. You can also use a pillow (inflatable or clothes in a stuff sack) so the pad only needs to cover shoulders to feet.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2017-05-27

If there is a deflation, for whatever reason, is there any insulation value in the pad without air in it?

Asked by: Curtis
This pad has Thermacapture insulation; it uses radiant heat technology which is a reflective coating that uses your own body heat to warm you throughout the night.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-08
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