Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm MAX Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress
|Size||Regular - 20 x 72"|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||9 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||490 Grams|
About this item
- Added coverage and the most warmth-per-ounce make the XTherm MAX one of the most trusted sleeping pads of mountaineers worldwide
- Equipped with a dependable and rugged WingLock valve, the pad inflates 3 times faster than a standard valve and features lightning-fast deflation
- 6.9 R-value means the XTherm MAX can insulate campers in extreme cold
- Patented Triangular Core Matrix delivers warmth using a continuous layer of thermal foam nestled between alternating ridges of air and foam
- Measures 72x20x2.5 inches inflated, packs to 9x4 inches, and weighs 17 ounces; pump sack, stuff sack and repair kit included; made in the USA
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Offering the most warmth-to-weight of ultralight sleeping pads, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm MAX Ultralight Backpacking Air Mattress provides added coverage and critical warmth. Trusted by mountaineers worldwide, the XTherm MAX is a stable and supportive pad that inflates up to 2.5 inches thick and delivers a 6.9 R-value for year-round warmth (R-value measures the material’s ability to insulate; the higher the R-value, the warmer the sleeping pad). Therm-a-Rest's patented Triangular Core Matrix provides legendary NeoAir comfort by minimizing heat loss during sleep, and its proprietary reflective ThermaCapture technology traps radiant heat within the pad; these work together to provide an optimal warmth-to-weight ratio to minimize the weight in any backpacker’s gear load. The Available in two styles: Equipped with the Standard Valve, or equipped with the WingLock Valve which is able to inflate a pad three times faster than a standard valve thanks to a larger barrel and optional one-way inflation. Standard Valve models include stuff sack and repair kit for fixing punctures, and WingLock Valve models include a pump sack (for easier, breath-free pad inflation), a stuff sack and a repair kit. Made in the USA. Manufacturer’s limited lifetime warranty.
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 5 x 5 inches; 1.08 Pounds
- Item model number : 040818132531
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : September 30, 2019
- Manufacturer : Cascade Designs Inc.
- ASIN : B07YDJZW7D
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#27,399 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #39 in Camping Air Mattresses
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Why do you want this pad? You want it because it'll keep you warm where other pads will leave you wishing you had a warmer sleeping bag. For comparison, I was sleeping on a Big Agnes air core (R-Value of 1) and woke up one night to the very unpleasant feeling of freezing. The coldest part of my body was my entire back, and it felt like the heat was being pulled out from under me. Fast forward a few weeks, with my new my XTherm (R-value 5.7) on an even colder night, and I slept like a baby! I don't know how it works so well, but it honestly feels like you have a small heater on your back.
The benefit of a higher R-value pad is that you can get away with a smaller sleeping bag. I have a winter bag and a 3-season bag, and with the addition of this pad, I will be selling my winter bag.
I still absolutely love this pad. I've used it many nights since purchased, and it hasn't let me down. The pad is so warm that I've converted over from a 30* sleeping bag to a 50* down blanket... It seriously works that well. Though this is probably seen as more of a cold weather sleeping pad, I've had no issues using it throughout the summer. Since the pad is so much warmer than other options, you'll have to lighten up your sleeping bag in the summer. This is very beneficial to me, because a lighter sleeping bag means more space and less weight in your backpack! Another benefit for me is the ability to side sleep. I don't ever remember sleeping so well on my side with any other pad. Despite the Big Agnes air core being 3.25" tall, it was still not as comfortable for side sleeping.
I have owned and backpacked with quite a few different brands and models of lightweight sleeping pads before, but it was finally time to "go big or go home". I'm a larger framed guy, so comfort is something important to me that not many backpacking sleeping pads can provide. At 6'1" and 235 lbs, a thinner pad just won't cut it. I sleep in various positions, so being able to side sleep and even stomach sleep are very important to me.
I tried the lightest closed-cell foam pads (Z-Lite Sol to start), and it was extremely lightweight but just not enough cushion to get a full night's sleep. I could stay comfortable for maybe 1 hour on a pad like that, and then the sore spots started to show their ugly heads. In trying to keep weight at or below a pound for lightweight backpacking, I used pads such as the Klymit Static V which rolls up very small and is a rugged pad for its weight and low cost. It did the job, but I woke up frequently throughout the night to re-adjust my sore spots.
In addition, I knew the R-value was going to be a very critical issue since I sleep with a down quilt and not a traditional sleeping bag. Having that insulation beneath me where the quilt doesn't provide coverage is necessary. With the very high R-value with this pad, I know I can trust it as a 3 season pad. I knew it was time to spend some real $$ and get a pad that I knew was built for me. So I ordered this pad.
I chose the large size in the MAX rectangular configuration. I knew I was adding a solid 8 oz to my current sleep setup, but maybe the weight really was worth the comfort. I was going with a lighter tent this year, so the weight I cut from the tent went towards a more comfortable night's sleep on this pad.
When I received this pad, I immediately opened it up to test it out. I used the included inflation sack to pump it up in about 10 fills of air. I do already carry the Big Agnes Pumphouse stuff sack, so I'll be using that instead of the included inflation bag that came with this pad because the Pumphouse is lighter and also doubles as my clothes dry bag. That will save an ounce or two. This pad is HUGE... fitting my entire frame easily. My feet were still on the foot of the pad while I was able to tuck my arm under my head and keep it also on the pad. Great fit! The width is excellent for me, as I can lay on my back and my arms don't fall off of this pad. And I have broad shoulders. I laid on this pad on my back, side, and stomach and I was VERY satisfied with the support. The next thing I immediately noticed was how much body heat this pad was throwing back at me! In my living room it was very warm to lay on - far warmer than any of my other pads.
After testing, it was time to deflate it and see how easy it was to roll up and stow. Unlike some other pads I've owned, it deflated very slow on its own with the valve left open. So, I had to start rolling it from the foot end to squeeze out most of the air so I could fold it and begin rolling it up. Not a big deal, but I do like a pad that I can open the valve in the morning and let it deflate while I do other camp chores. This one goes down very slowly unless you help it along with some body weight. I spent exactly 3 minutes fully deflating, folding in 3rds, and rolling this pad back up to its packaged size (actually slightly smaller because I really pressed every last bit of air out of it. It fit great back in the provided stuff sack, with some room to spare.
- Highest R value you can find at this weight - a true 4 season pad
- Wider and longer for us larger campers
- Comes with a bag that fits over the valve for easy pump inflation
- Material feels thicker and more durable than other lightweight inflatable pads
- Plenty of loft for side and stomach sleepers
- It's not the lightest on the market, but it's a decent weight for its size and durability
- The valve sticks funny out of the corner of the pad, and also is hard to tuck flat when putting back into the stuff sack (observation, not complaint)
- It doesn't pack down to the "Nalgene size" that other pads do, but considering its size and warmth, is a fair compromise
- Some reviews say it's noisy (the baffles inside of the pad do make a crinkly sound) but it didn't bother me at all. May bother a tent mate.
So after weighing all the pros and watching tons of videos on this mattress, I pulled the trigger. It showed up a few days later and was in a bag about the size of a child's, Nerf football. I unfurled what I thought was a paper thin joke on the floor and decided to use the "pump sack" that came along with it. It took about 25 sacks of air (10 of which it takes to find a rhythm) to pump up all the baffles. I thought there was no way this was going to support me.
I was wrong.
It was extremely comfortable and I ended up sleeping on it for the entire night. Great that it kept me warm from below and didn't deflate.
You do feel your butt coming in contact with the ground if you are simply sitting on it and not lying down, but once you lie down, you are suspended above any discomfort.
Love it and it packs really quick!
No leaks, no tears, and still is the most comfortable air mattress. It fits perfectly (I mean PERFECTLY) inside my Nemo Strato Loft Sleeping Bag and keeps me totally warm on freezing nights.
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I find it hard to sleep out of a comfy bed but in a test managed to sleep perfectly on this, in a tent on a grass surface.
The inflation valve also works really well. Totally unlike the useless thing used on the others.