Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite: the best ultralight sleeping pad

Photo by Glenn Charles.
Photo by Glenn Charles.

Editor’s note: We originally published this in 2013, but this timeless sleeping pad is still our favorite! 

By Max Neale

Looking to lighten your load? Check out Therm-a-Rest’s brand new NeoAir XLite sleeping pad. Weighing 12 ounces in regular size, the XLite is 15% lighter and 28% warmer than the original NeoAir. It’s better than all other ultralight inflatable pads, the Klymit Inertia X Frame and Nemo Zor in particular, because it’s warmer, more comfortable, and more versatile. Check out a review of the XLite on Outdoor Gear Lab here.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite

Pair a small NeoAir XLite (8 oz) with an Echo II Shelter (29.5 oz) and Feathered Friends Hummingbird 20 sleeping bag (25 oz) and your whole shelter and sleep system will weigh less than four pounds, and be very comfortable, too! For comparison purposes, this setup includes a spacious and strong double wall tent and a top quality sleeping bag and sleeping pad all for less than the weight the MSR Hubba Hubba, a “standard backpacking tent.” Thanks to Therm-a-Rest, and the new NeoAir XLite, going light just got lighter and more comfortable.

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