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THERMAREST NeoAir XLite Mattress (Regular)

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A very compact, very packable, extremely warm and comfortable sleeping mat for campers who travel light.

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Product code: 15894740 / 200693

A very compact, very packable, extremely warm and comfortable sleeping mat for campers who travel light.

Packing in more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress available, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite is super-lightweight and packs down to a size that's smaller than your one litre water bottle.

Made using their patented Triangular Core Matrix construction - with updated softer-feel fabric -  it's comfortable, warm, supportive and stable. Ideal for backpackers, it's also great for festivals, family camping, or any circumstance where you value your comfort but don't want to carry a huge amount of kit.

  • Ultralight: Advanced fabrics and a tapered design make this the lightest 3-season backpacking air mattresses available
  • Warm: ThermaCapture™ technology traps radiant heat while Triangular Core Matrix™ construction minimizes convective heat loss
  • Comfortable: 2.5” (6 cm)-thickness and baffled internal structure provide unrivalled stability and support
  • Ultra-Packable: Low-bulk materials make the XLite mattress incredibly compact – as packable as a water bottle
  • R value: 3.2
  • Weight: 12oz (350g)
  • Size: 72" x 20" x 2.5"(183cm x 51cm x 6.3cm)
  • Packed size: 9" x 4" (23cm x 10cm)
  • 30d High Tenacity Nylon
Insulated, Non Slip Back
Single
Manual Inflation
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Backpacking, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions, Expedition, Hiking, Touring, Travel, Trekking, Walking
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Nocolour
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4.38 out of 5
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4.38 out of 5

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)

4.38 out of 5

Neoair Xliterair mattress

Really comfy mattress once you get the knack of staying on it as it slides from under you if you turn over. Easy to inflate- needs blowing up- and it goes back in its carry bag easily too.for my next trip I will try a sleeping bag liner over it because it is a bit frustrating to wake up part on part off. not enough to alter recommendation though this is an excellent bit ok kit. field repair kit too in the event of puncture.

4.38 out of 5

Cure the slip

Agree with most of the comments about it. About it being slippery (it is !!). Thermarest do a fitted sheet for a few quid that both solves the problem of slipping off, and provides a more comfortable surface to lie on. I got one, and it's brilliant.

4.38 out of 5

Amazing size, warm and comfortable

Purchased one of these after reading the rave recommendations. Firstly I could not believe the size it packs down to (And it's easy to repeat this process). It's quick to inflate, very warm and think enough to offer a comfy nights sleep. Ok it is expensive but somethings in life are worth splashing out on!

4.38 out of 5

I'm going back to my karrimat

I bought this after hearing great personally recommendations from fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

I later found out that both recommendations missed out a vital piece of information, both of which had smeared there thermorest with silicone to act as a grippy agent.

This is a wonderful lightweight mattress it packs down really small, it doesn't self-inflate so you have to blow it up no real hardship.

It is really thick at approximately 2 1/2" or 63.5mm comfortable to lye on and you don't touch the ground.

It is so lightweight I was frightened it would burst but it didn't and I was very impressed with.

So why have I given it such a low score, well I don't know what the designers were thinking when they designed this mattress however they might as well have coated it in Teflon.

Getting to sleep on this mattress is fine but you will have a very interrupted nights sleep I was waking up at least every hour not on the thermorest but somewhere else it the tent, so every hour I had to correct the mattress and doz off again.

Yes I know what you are thinking he's a wriggler, well I would agree however I don't suffer this problem with my Karrimat.

I was climbing a plus 5000m hill at the time and I did expect the designers would have allowed for you to sleep at a inclination on a mattress designed for lightweight hiking but obviously not, even on the last night of my week long trip on a flat campsite i still woke every hour in a different part of the tent.

Either I slide off the top of the thing or it crept out from under me!

So when I get back from this I will be asking for a refund from thermorest and returning to my age old Karrimat which is not as comfortable but at least I can wake up on it.

4.38 out of 5

Very pleased with this sleeping mat

I've been meaning to buy a lightweight sleeping mat for some time having previously used an normal airbed.
I'm really pleased with this one which I've just bought and used at a music festival although its main use will be for backpacking.
It is really comfortable and so warm it felt like I was sleeping on an electric blanket compared to my old airbed. Of course it is ridiculously light and compact. Also easy to inflate yourself by blowing into the valve. Highly recommended if you are looking for comfort, lightness and warmth.

4.38 out of 5

Ronseal - works great

Light, packs down to nothing, and was warm enough for mountain use on top of snow in Cumbria in February.

The construction is lightweight so my main concern is to make sure I pack the mat up sensibly in its carry bag and don't let it get ripped or torn.

Having said that - many reviews of this item vouch for its durability in any case so I'm pretty damn impressed with it, having battled with larger and heavier mats in the past.

4.38 out of 5

Amazing ultralight matress

I bought this mattress for backpacking and so far it seems near perfect. Despite only being about 350g, it is much more comfortable than my old thermarest that weighs a kilo. It is easy to pack into its stuff sack.

The only con I can see is that the material is very thin and probably won't hold up to a lot of abuse.

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