Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 82 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.2 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.9 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 621

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Coverage all the way down to feet.
  • Comfortable material.
  • 3″ thick to provide added comfort and warmth.
  • Pad provided ample separation from the ground on cold nights.
  • 3″ thickness allows for adjustment of the firmness of pad.
  • Shows relatively little wear-and-tear.
  • Easy to blow up and roll into stuff sack.
  • Optimal warmth-to-weight ratio.
  • No irritated pressure points.
  • Keeps warm when the ground is freezing.

Expert Reviews

  • One of the most versatile 3-season pads.
  • Smooth sleep surface and slight ridges by the internal baffling provide comfort and stability.
  • One of the lightest and most comfortable sleeping pad available.
  • Only 12 ounces in regular size, and the small weighs just 8 ounces.
  • Combats heat loss by using Triangle Core Matrix that reduces air flow.
  • Internal structure lined with reflective surface that projects heat back to the user.
  • Comfortable down to approximately 20 degrees Farehnheit.
  • 30-denier nylon bottom is durable.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • At 20″, the pad doesn’t allow most people to sleep on back and let arms lay on either side of your body.
  • A lot of complaints about the material being very noisy.
  • No regular-wide option.
  • Material is fragile and can be easily punctured so make sure to use a ground cloth.
  • Is this a pool raft or a sleeping pad?

Expert Reviews

  • The regular size isn’t wide enough to rest your arms by your sides when lying on your back.
  • Many reports of the pad being too narrow, and not liking the mummy-shape.
  • Heat lost through convection that occurs when you move around on the pad.


The Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad is a very lightweight and compactable 3-season pad designed for light and fast overnight adventures. Beware that the pad’s material is very noisy and that warmer and more comfortable (yet heavier) options exist.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.