UOG TOP PICK - Thermarest's Xlite Series Sleeping Mats - Best for low weight and packsize without compromising comfort - We've singled out Thermarest's Xlite series of Sleeping Mats as one of our top recommendations because they deliver the lightest weight and smallest packsize yet are among the most comfortable mats available.
Thermarest says: The NeoAir XLite mattress delivers more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress available. Our patent-pending technologies deliver that performance with minimal weight and less bulk than a one-liter water bottle.
This year, new softer fabrics bring better next-to-skin comfort and a boost in durability, all with no added weight. For the discerning alpinist, thru-hiker or backcountry minimalist who’s counting every ounce, there is simply no better choice to assure the kind of rest you need to get done what you’ve got planned for tomorrow.
Insulated airbeds offer a great combination of comfort low weight and small pack size - in many ways they are now the ideal sleeping mat. Some people however prefer self inflating mats because if their mat develops a leak there is still a piece of foam to lie on if your airbed develops a leak you have nothing. Other people find they sometimes roll off an airbed and prefer a thinner mat between them and the ground.
The lightest of the Thermarest NeoAir mats use very light fabrics which have been reported to make a `crinkle` sound as you move around on them - they are likened to sleeping on a crisp packet - my experience is that this is minimal - after using a NeoAir for a couple of years I didn`t realise it crinkled until someone pointed it out to me! Now I know - I still don`t notice it when kipping down.
We've tabled the five models of NeoAir mats below, along with the Evolite Hybrid mat, so you can make a high level comparison.
|Model (Regular used for reference)||Weight||R-Value||Insulation||Format||Pricepoint||Materials|
|NeoAir Xlite||350g||0.56||3 Season||Mummy||Mid Price||Ultra lightweight|
|NeoAir Xtherm||430g||1.0||4 Season||Mummy||Most Expensive||Ultra lightweight|
|NeoAir Trekker||480g||0.53||3 Season||Rectangle||Cheapest||More Durable|
|Evolite*||507g||0.37||3 Season||Mummy||Cheapest||More Durable|
|NeoAir All Season (includes pump)||600g||0.86||3 Season+||Rectangle||Mid Price||More Durable|
*The Evolite Mat is a hybrid design combining the comfort of an air mat with the convenience and durability of a self inflating mat.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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