The Full-size NeoAir Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad Weighs Just 14 Ounces

I own three Therma-a-Rest pads (2.5 pounds, my original; 1 pound, four ounces (full size) and a 3/4 body version at 15 ounces) and a Downmat 7 (filled with down and really warm) that comes in at a little over two pounds. Of course, the 3/4 pad would be the first choice for the ultralight backpacker. But the lightness comes with a trade-off:  you  sacrifice comfort and warmth by having your lower legs and feet hanging off the mat. If the weather is warm, it’s not a problem. But now you don’t have to settle for less comfort to get the advantages of fewer ounces.

I was at REI last week just checking out gear when I came across the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir.

The new NeoAir pad is full size, a couple of inches thick and packs down really small — about the size of a one-liter bottle. It’s worth a look.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

5 thoughts on “The Full-size NeoAir Therm-a-Rest Sleeping Pad Weighs Just 14 Ounces

  1. It is a NeoAir, not NeonAir, right? Though they are a vivid yellow-green color.

    Those were way too expensive for me until I found one at the REI used gear sale for $50. One of the internal baffles had come unstuck, but no leaks. Sold!

    I would have bought a large, since I’m 6’3″, but the gear sale purchase is a medium (66″ long) and works fine. I sleep on my side, slightly curled up.

    It is a very narrow pad, so I have to make sure I’m not on a sideways slope.

    Very comfortable, to the point where I don’t have to remove small rocks and sticks from my sleeping spot. That helps with LNT, too.

    It rolls up very small, which saves space in my pack. Mine is 359g and I have a 15g stuff sack, so the whole package is just under 13 oz. This replaced my Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Long, which is 24 oz.

    The only downside? My Crazy Creek chair is no longer a multi-use item. I used to put that under the ProLite as extra torso padding.

  2. I have a rather heavy “self-inflating” pad by Coleman. I get by fine but less weight is always better. Since I’m tall, I’m curious as to what the length of this mat is? Thanks.

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