THERM-A-REST NEOAIR XLITE
During my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, this sleeping pad saved me. I thought I would be fine with a foam pad and did not heed the warning of other side/stomach sleepers. If you sleep on anything other than your back then you most likely will find inflatable pads more comfortable than foam pads. They are more expensive, but it was totally worth it for me. I finally purchased this pad in New Jersey and better sleep made all the difference!
Inflatable pads typically weigh more than foam pads, but this guy is just as light as the foam pad I was using (12 oz). Plus, the inflatable pad is much more compact. This design will be with me for the PCT, too, except I am going to go with the small size to save weight.
Small (8 oz) version: http://amzn.to/2nLdofN
Regular (12 oz)/Large (16 oz) versions: http://amzn.to/2npLTHy
If you have any questions or thoughts on the NeoAir Sleeping Pad, or you have a favorite of your own, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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