Very comfortable, highly recommended
I bought my NeoAir XLite in the spring of 2015 and so far I have in total spent about 30 weeks camping with it, including long distance treks like the 260 miles Kungsleden in Arctic Sweden and the 800 miles Arizona trail. This mattress has served me really well. It is very comfortable, offers great insulation for it’s weight and packs small.
Sleeping comfortable is very important for me, especially on long treks. I’m willing to carry extra weight for that. However, it’s not necessary! NeoAir XLite is hands down the most comfortable camping mattress I’ve ever slept on, but also one of the lightest, so no sacrifice required!
It’s so comfortable because it is thick and has an almost flat surface. However, it does make some cracking noise and some people are bothered by that. For myself it is not an issue at all. Perhaps it also helps that I like to inflate it very firm, but I hardly notice it.
Another issue for some people is that it is quite narrow. I’m a small guy so no issue for me either, but if you are big this is something to keep in mind.
As I said, insulation is great for the weight. I have camped with it on frozen ground at a few degrees below zero and that was fine (just). But for real winter camping you better get it’s slightly heavier brother, the NeoAir Xtherm that has almost twice the insulation value. Unfortunately Go Outdoors doesn’t stock those.
My main concern regarding the NeoAir XLite was always the durability and robustness, because it looks and feels so fragile. The manufacturer gives a lifelong warranty but that doesn’t cover punctures and it isn’t much help anyway should your mattress fail when you are on a long trek in the middle of nowhere.
However, it turned out to be more robust than I feared. I have camped with it on rocks, sharp stones, in dry riverbeds, on needles in pine forests and in deserts full of cacti and other prickly little things. I always made a good effort to clean my sleeping area of sharp things that could puncture my mattress but the floors of my tents are now full of holes (I never use a groundsheet underneath when trekking. Still the NeoAir XLite never failed in a catastrophic way.
However, at the end of the Arizona Trail the mattress did start to lose some air during the night and I needed to add 1-2 puffs of air about 2-3 times during the night when I felt it was sagging a bit. I like my mattress firm, which also provides the best insulation.
When back home I looked for punctures using my bathtub and found 4 tiny holes, 2 of which were located on the welds of the baffles. Because it was the welds, the manufacturer replaced my mattress with a brand new mattress free of charge (after more than 2 years of heavy use), so they really do honour their warranty!
Some reviewers here made the remark that the mattress slides easily on the tent floor. This is an issue with many mattresses, especially on Silnylon floors. The solution is easy: paint a few stripes of silicon on the tent floor. This is always the first thing I do with a new tent. If possible I always try to camp on a slight slope because I like my head to be higher than my feet. With a few stripes of silicon sliding is never a big issue.
Al in all, I highly recommend this mattress
+ Very comfortable
+ Low weight
+ Small packsize
+ Great insulation for the weight
+ Lifelong warranty (proven to be honoured)
- Can be a bit noisy (no issue for me personally)
- Some people find it a bit narrow (no issue for me personally)
- Inflatable mattress is always less robust than foam mattress
- High price (but well worth it)