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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby snusmumriken » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:38 pm

My very hazy understanding of physics says that the warm air that I blew it up with looses volume as it cools. Happened with my old airpad to. The way I solve it is to blow it up when I set up camp, then top it off with a breath or two before retiring.



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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby rlown » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:04 pm

this will shave a LOT of weight off my pack. If it stays up. I was looking at the exped, but i'm kinda trusting the warranty and my care of it to not puncture. Although, i'd rather it was not Limon. Looks to be almost as thick at the exped, so i'm not so concerned about that. Thicker than what i use now. i always lay out the thermarest and blow right before i go to bed, a second time. just to keep it where i like it.
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby hikerduane » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:06 pm

I got to use my new pad that Cascade Designs replaced for my leaky one this last weekend. Nice to have something so compact and light. The color is ok, it is covered up by my bag anyway. Must say though, that I slept better on the Lost Coast trip than I did last weekend using this pad. My shoulders must be sore from cutting/splitting firewood and the swimming with the young ladies on the trip too.:)
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:48 pm

looks like REI online is out of the NeoAir Large until early September.. sigh..
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby trekerrick » Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:39 pm

I just used my neoair on a backpacking trip to Yellowstone and the Teton Crest trail. It worked perfect and I slept like a baby. I have a question, do you store the neoair loose and with the valve open like the old thermarests, or in the stuff sack?
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby hikerduane » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:36 pm

To avoid folding in the same place, at least for now, I deflate mine, a slow job, roll it up, then fold in thirds and use a small Granite Gear stuff sack which is way cheaper than the Cascade Designs sack to store it and protect it. I just need to pick up some goop to seal leaks if they ever develop.
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:07 am

got a medium....

As a reformed tosser and turner, I was dismayed at the narrow aspect. In a hammock I don't roll around a lot as the comfort and lack of pressure points allow me to sleep on my back all night. On the ground or in bed, I sleep on my side and typically switch positions frequently.

Three nights in a hammock and two nights on the ground later, I am impressed! The crinkly doesn't turn out to be a factor when you're laying on it. The pad is thick enough that sleeping on the ground it cushions my hip and other pressure points well enough (as long as you don't blow it up tight as a balloon). Half inflated it did well in the hammock. I used a 1/4" evazote pad under it to protect it and to provide some insulation if an elbow drifted off in the hammock. Slept warm and comfy each use.

No leaks so far... easy to blow up and harder to deflate, but it's livable. I think it will be a pretty good option for those trips that take me alpine and I may even be able to use the tent a few times again.
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby rlown » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:34 pm

Just ordered a large from REI (minus last years dividend :) ) I'll be giving it a spin in Trinity this Sept. Trying to offset some of the weight of my pack.
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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby Rosabella » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:08 am

Oops! I forgot to post my "review" of my "NeoAir"..... I LOVE it!!!

It weighs practically nothing, and it was SO comfortable. I got the small (3/4 length), which was fine for me. I'm 5'6" and weight 140, so I'm not a tiny person. The "crinkly" noises that it makes didn't bother me, nor did the narrowness. I slept better on this than I ever had on any of my other thermarests.

I worried about the apparent-delicateness of the fabric, and was concerned that I would end up with a leak, but it served me well on my JMT hike. I was careful not to over-inflate it. I mostly sleep on my side, and I inflated it just enough to keep my hipbone from touching the ground.

I’m totally happy with it!

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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby rlown » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:00 pm

OK..

Just got back from a Trinity Alps trip for 10 days with my large/long/weighs nothing comparatively to what i had, NeoAir. Amazing. We went to Horseshoe and Ward Lakes in the Trinity Alps. We had 2 days of snow (9/28-9/29) which left an inch of snow on the ground for both days, 50mph wind at Ward, and temps in the high teens. Crinkley: nothing. actually the Thermarest never slipped and there was no crinklely sound when sleeping on it. The key was to blow it up as much as you could; let it rest;, and then adjust when you got on it so your hips would sink in.. I never hit the ground even with the cold temps. If you overinflate it, you will feel uncomfortable. It was nice to adjust it about a half hour in to get the right contour.

We had another couple across from us who's Neo got caught in an updraft (30mph or so) and they can fly. Still, it held up with all the granite it hit on it's flight.

I love the light weight, the adjustment to comfort and no crinkly sound that bothered me in the field. 25 puffs to fill. and not too hard to deflate. fold and press has you go.

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Re: NeoAir Thermarest...new product

Postby hikerduane » Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:14 pm

I too had very high winds out of Cottonwood Lakes area, two nights in a row. My BD Hilight tent suffered some pulling loose of the seam at one corner where it is reenforced

Very happy with my small NeoAir pad. I had two nights of very cold temps for this time of year at nine degrees the second night out and then four degrees at Crabtree Meadow area the next night. That was the night I slept the warmest out of my whole trip. I have read some doubt about the NeoAir not being able to keep you warm in cold temps, but mine did find. However, I must say that the ground was not frozen yet, that may affect its performance. I felt no cold from the ground either. I was worried that I should have bought a blue pad to bring along also, as the forecast had changed since I had originally packed for the trip, otherwise, I could have brought an extra pad from home as I work out of town and leave for trips after work.
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Tested in the snow

Postby hikerduane » Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:50 pm

I slept very good last night, camped along side the PCT, just south of the Bucks Lake Wilderness, 10 minute drive from home. I used my 1/2" thick, blue, closed cell pad under my short NeoAir, felt a little bit of coolness maybe under my butt. Nothing to get me worried. Snow was less than 2' deep. I should have brought my snowshoes which I left behind the seat in my pickup as I postholed up to my knees a few times and had to pause a second to get my balance and pull my foot out. A struggle the first half mile, but I only went in a about an hour hike, 50 minute hike out this morning. Temps were just above freezing and I used my WM 15 degree Apache bag. Further testing over New Year's maybe, in Yosemite on a group trip.
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