Thermarest - NeoAir All Season
I wasn’t sure what to expect when the parcel turned up with Thermarests NeoAir All Season, reviews of other models have ranged from excellent, to leaks to rustling like a crisp packet - this wouldn’t be too bad as my snoring usually manages to mask most other noises.
Manufacturers Description & Specification
Lightweight, durable and extremely warm, the NeoAir All Season mattress is the ultimate solution to year-round backcountry comfort. Patent-pending Triangular Core Matrix™ technology creates over 100 internal cells and Reflective Barriers trap warm air, resulting in an incredibly high R-value without the weight or bulk of conventional insulation. Durable fabrics and construction give the All Season mattress the strength to stand up to rugged conditions throughout the year. Pump sack and repair kit included.
- Year-Round Warmth: Patent-pending technology traps warm air to provide a high degree of warmth.
- Light and Compact: NeoAir technology allows the All Season mattress to be lighter and more packable than mattresses filled with conventional insulation.
- Extra Comfort: Stable construction and 2.5-inch thickness offer greater comfort for a full night of sleep.
- Lasting Performance: The All Season mattress can be inflated directly without the worry of exhaled moisture wetting insulation and decreasing performance.
- R-Value 4.9
- Weight: 540g
- Width: 51cm
- Length: 183cm
- Thickness: 6.3cm
I liked my old Thermarest however I always felt it was slightly too thin to be truly comfortable and it was quite heavy compared to other options on the market. The NeoAir All Season has been a big improvement, much warmer, thick enough to hide any type of ground surface and certainly lighter.
The All Season feels quite flimsy on first use and takes around 2 minutes to inflate, no self-inflating options here only you puffing away, I do wonder what the inside will be like after being blown into several times and there has to be a better way of doing this. On use though it truly is good, rustling is minimal and to be fair I don’t notice it at all, base material is thick enough to resist punctures although I’d still take the usual precautions and check the area over - I’ll update after another seasons use.
Now I like to sleep on my side, in fact anyone in the immediate vicinity likes me to sleep on my side unless they’re an exceptionally heavy sleeper, and the NeoAir’s thickness means that sleeping in any position is comfortable, it’s like carrying a lightweight airbed but with minimal weight. Warmth is excellent and quite noticeable in cold conditions and I didn’t find myself over heating in the summer.
f you’re a minimalist the NeoAir packs well, I know a lot people roll these, I’ve even seen some folks fit them into a drinking flask, I usually fold it flat and fit it to the bottom of my pack it hardly takes up any space, it also means that my mat and sleeping bag are now sub 1kg.
Overall the NeoAir All Season is an excellent year round choice and light enough for most lightweight hikers, my only criticism would be a better way of inflating that didn’t fill the mat with the moisture from your breath.
Fit for Purpose - 5/5
Versatility - 4/5 (it’s a sleeping mat!)
Durability - 5/5 (will adjust after further use)
Value for money - 3/5 Pricing around £110
Overall - 4/5