Why We Chose The Therm-a-rest NeoAir UberLite Sleeping Mat: Very light, very packable, comfortable.
Therm-a-Rest were the original pioneers of lightweight inflatable sleeping mats and with this new release, they don’t seem to have taken their foot of the gas. Quite simply, you won’t find any other mat like this; one that’s able to provide comfort at such a phenomenally low weight and packed size.
Let’s introduce the all-important figures first then. Weight: a mind boggling 250g – about as much as your average hamster. Packed size: well, very similar to your average hamster as well. It’s so phenomenally convenient in those regards. But what about the performance?
“Quite simply, you won’t find any other mat like this; one that’s able to provide proper comfort at such a phenomenally low weight and packed size.”
The NeoAir UberLight has the same twist valve and stacked triangular chamber construction (‘the Triangular Core Matrix) as the original NeoAir XLite. The depth isn’t any different either at 2.5 inches when fully inflated, so expect the same levels of comfort. However, with this ultralight offering they’ve used a 15 denier nylon – half the strength of the previous XLite. It’s very, very thin, so you’re going to want to use it with caution for sure. Still, Outdoors Magic editor Will Renwick said he used this in a tent pitched in a field full of rocks, stubbly grass and frozen earth (could it get much worse?!) and he says it survived unscathed.
Therm-a-Rest’s warranty doesn’t cover punctures unfortunately, but if it’s any reassurance, it does come with a puncture repair kit, and there’s also the option of sending it off to Therm-a-Rest for repair (at a cost).