Anybody have experience with this mattress. I have two older Thermarest mattresses, both are 1 1/2 inches in depth. At the age of 70 I need something with a little more cushion that is easy to inflate and deflate. I am taking my 17th trip in a month.
I had looked at getting one, but when I was testing it out, i found it was really loud to sleep on. For some reason the materials they used in making it are crunchy sounding. And also it didn't pass my "feel" test. It just felt weak.
Ended up going with a Synmat UL 7. Felt better and i have never slept better either.
The mattress i was replacing is a Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3. Still works great but I was looking for something a bit cushier.
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I went with a Neo Air this year since I've been leaning more toward light packing lately. I've found that it works surprisingly well in a hammock or on the ground. One nice thing about using it in the hammock is that it's got a bit of grip to it so it doesn't slide around nearly as much has other pads.
On the ground it's about as comfortable as any other 2.5" inflatable pad out there. At first I had thought that the sound would bother me as well but it really doesn't. It's significantly more comfortable than the standard thermarest pad I had before. I do worry a bit about putting holes in since it seems to be delicate, but you just have to be careful where you lay it. I guess that would be the sacrifice for the weight savings that you gain.
I'm using the NeoAir in combination with an enlightened Revelation X down quilt giving me a very lightweight means of being able to sleep on the ground, or in a hammock without changing my loadout. I plan on doing a review of how the two work after this season.
I can say that so far I think that the amount of comfort and warmth you get out of the NeoAir for the 12oz of weight that you carry is amazing. Not even the Exped airmat is as light and the Neo has almost 5 times the insulation value.
I just bought the Neo Air Trekker. I was torn between the two, but I liked the fact that it was just a little bit mre durable, even tho this added a tiny bit of weight. I was also a little worried about the noise as I tend to move a lot in my sleep. So I ended up with the Trekker. I found that it packs up smaller than they say, and my new full length 2.5 inch trekker packs smaller than my old 3/4 lenght 1 inch prolite. I love my trekker, it is much much much more comfortable than my prolite. With the trekker, there was no noticable noise. Even tho I am a skinny guy, I do wish I would have gotten the wider one, since I do move around. Also I will be getting one of the fitted sheets for it, since having the added protection would ease my mind a bit.
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Considered Expeds as well as they look nice, but I was suprised Thermarests are still made in the USA so I wanted to support that. Am a bit concerned about the low R-value compared to the All Season and XLite, but it's about the same as my old self-inflator and the large size Trekker is on sale right now for $74 so I couldn't pass it up.
I've been using the neo-air for two years. Absolutely love it. It packs down to nothing and is very comfortable. Does not make any annoying noise to me. I only inflate half way so that it's nice and snuggley. Yes, snuggely.