On my second Bug Out trip “Winter Warning” I made a mistake. Being new to the survival world I had not done enough research before tackling below freezing temperatures. The mistake was not having a pad to sleep on. I can still remember the endless night and the frightening chills that ran down my spine. Needless to say upon my return I sought out to find the pad that I continue to use today and it is the ThermaRest Neoair Xtherm. Knowing that I would be continuing to venture into the wild to further test myself and my gear in all 4 seasons I knew I was going to need a pad to match that.
With a R rating of 5.7 the pad has successfully kept my skinny body protected on the ground and in my hammock to temperatures below 0°F. Not only did I stay warm but I was comfortable as well because the inflatable pad reaches a thickness of 2.5inches which when laying on rocky ground those inches help out. No one would think with such a high R rating and thickness that weight would be a problem but ThermaRest did it again with having the pad only weigh 1lb 4oz.
Unfortunately all these great features come at a price and a steep price at that. At 200 dollars this will be one of most expensive pads you purchase. You could say that its worth it, ( I do. ) but if you are not going out in freezing temperatures frequently then this might be a bit much. It is also an inflatable pad and anytime you blow something up there is a worry of punctures and then you have no insulation or comfort. Speaking of blowing it up. I would highly suggest you don’t try to blow it up by mouth but use the inflation bag that comes with it instead because it takes a lot of air and time.
At the end of the day I greatly enjoy this pad. I have been using it for over 4 years on many trips and not once have I had a rip or puncture nor have I had a cold back. Is it expensive? Yes, but as a survivalist and a Bug Out Boy I never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at me and I would rather be prepared for the extremes than suffer another night like I did years ago.
My Video Review of the Thermarest Neoair Xtherm