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Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Air Mattress

December 1, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm

Insulated Air Mattress
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm
$200, 15 oz. (regular)
Sizes: regular (20x72x2.5 ins., tapered), large (25x77x2.5 ins., tapered), Max (25×77.2.5 ins., rectangular)
backcountry.com

When sleeping outdoors at any time of year, you have two simple objectives: comfort and warmth. We tend to associate the former with our choice of air mattress or pad and the latter with our choice of sleeping bag. But the air mat is actually the key to both goals, because dollar for dollar, your money achieves more warmth from an air mat or pad that adequately insulates your body from the cold ground (which can rapidly drain heat from you) than from your bag. In the NeoAir XTherm—which I tested on numerous trips, including several nights sleeping on snow—you get an all-season air mat with more insulation, pound for pound, than any competitor. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV Air Mattress

July 20, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV air mattress.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV air mattress.

Insulated Air Mattress
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV
$180, 1 lb. (regular, with stuff sack)
Sizes: regular (72x20x2.5 ins.) and large ($210, 77x25x2.5 ins.)
moosejaw.com

Who enjoys blowing up an air mattress? At the end of a full day of backpacking, it always seems to take more breaths than you have left in reserve. Therm-a-Rest solves this problem with its SpeedValve, a large, fabric tunnel that draws in surrounding air when you blow into it, making the inflation process significantly faster and easier. After using the lightweight and compact Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite MAX SV on family backpacking trips in Utah’s Dirty Devil River canyon and while car-camping in southern Utah in late March, backpacking in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains in August, and on an 80-mile, five-day backpacking trip in the North Cascades National Park Complex in the last week of September, and my 15-year-old son sleeping on it for three nights on a mid-July rafting and kayaking trip through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument, I give it high scores for comfort and convenience. Continue reading →

May 26, 2016 Near high base camp below Mount Whitney's East Face.

Review: Gear For Climbing Mount Whitney

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By Michael Lanza

For our spring ascent of the Mountaineers Route on California’s 14,505-foot Mount Whitney—highest peak in the Lower 48—my 15-year-old son (in lead photo, above, approaching our high camp below Whitney’s East Face) and I used technical gear that you would use on many classic snow and glacier routes up peaks from Cascade Range volcanoes like Shasta, Hood, and Rainier to Mount Olympus, the Tetons, and the Alps. Here are my from-the-mountain observations about the gear that got us up and down Whitney, including backpacks, a mountaineering tent and boots, climbing hardware, super warm sleeping systems, and technical apparel. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite and Z Lite Sol

October 6, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite

Air Mattress and Foam Pad
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite
$130, 9 oz., 47x20x2.5 ins. (small)
$160, 12 oz., 72x20x2.5 ins. (regular)
$180, 1 lb., 77x25x2.5 ins. (long)

Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol
$45, 13 oz., 72x20x0.75 ins. (regular)
$35, 10.5 oz., 51x20x0.75 ins. (small)
backcountry.com

Therm-A-Rest Z Lite Sol

My preoccupation with keeping my backpack light usually steers me to the lightest gear—but I draw the line at sleeping uncomfortably, which made me slightly apprehensive about the featherweight NeoAir XLite—one of the shortest air mats I’ve ever used. I had no need to be. On a four-night backpacking trip in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, I slept great on the smallest size. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir All Season mattress

January 31, 2012  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir All Season air mattress

Winter Air Mat
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir All Season mattress
$150, 1 lb. 3 oz. (reg)
Sizes: M 20x66x2.5 inches, regular 20x72x2.5 inches, L 20x77x2.5 inches
cascadedesigns.com

I spent three January nights sleeping under the stars in the Boise Mountains on this air mattress (in a 0° bag) and stayed perfectly warm in temps down to the low teens, thanks in part to the NeoAir’s high R-value, or ability to insulate against the frozen ground. Continue reading →

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