Thermarest NeoAir Uberlite L Sleeping Mat
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Air is how you inflate this pad, usually with your breath. It’s lighter like this, but more prone to popping. More on sleeping pad inflation in our Guide. What’s the correlation between air temperature and sleeping pad R-values? When do you need a pad with a higher R-value? This table is based on Exped’s recommendations in Fahrenheit and Celsius degrees. Air Temperature (F): The UberLite is quieter than the XLite, but it’s not absolutely quiet. The 15d fabrics are crispy, and can replicate the sound of balloons being rubbed together when laid atop some shelter floor fabrics.
Thermarest’s proprietary construction provides the critical warmth needed for your lightweight adventure. Featherweight: Weighing just north of half a pound, the UberLite sets a new standard for ultra lightweight comfort. Finally, as mentioned in this review, Therm-a-Rest offers the NeoAir XLite and NeoAir XTherm. Both of those products have won our awards, and are more well-rounded, time-tested pads. Consider the UberLite is weight is the utmost consideration.Punctures: In six nights of using my UberLite pad, I punctured it twice! Both times I was sitting cross-legged inside my bivy (which acts as a ground cloth) on what I thought was relatively smooth ground. Apparently sitting put too much pressure on a small area of the pad. Now I know better and am careful to only lie down with my weight spread evenly. It’s typical for ultralight gear to require careful treatment, but this pad requires VERY careful treatment and you should expect that punctures are likely. We will keep customer information safe and secure and will not distribute or sell this information to a third party. Therm-a-Rest offers the NeoAir UberLite in a Small, which weighs six ounces, has a 20-inch width, and 47-inch legnth — basically half a pad for ultra-ultra-lighters (or children). From 2020, there is a new industry standard for measuring the R-value (level of insulation) of sleeping mats – ASTM F3340-18. This new standard is the sleeping mat equivalent to the EN rating for sleeping bags. The UberLite has an R-value of 2.0. Anecdotally and quantitatively, it’s not as warm as the XLite, which is rated to 3.2, or 60 percent warmer. Its optimal temperature range feels close to the Insulated AXL, for which the R-value is not publicly known.
Note that with the NXT update, Therm-a-Rest got rid of the previous generation’s “ women’s XLite,” which I personally was a fan of. It was shorter and a bit warmer, but weighed the same. The new NXT series keeps the small length option but pins the warmth at a constant R=4.5 across all sizes, which I suppose is a more consistent way of doing things. Sizes: The XTherm, XLite, and UberLite all share the same mummy-shape with 20″ width and 72″ height in their standard size. All are also available in wide and large (wide + long) sizes for folks who need more space. The UberLite, being focused on the ultralight crowd, comes in a short torso-length size. The XLite comes in a regular short size more suitable to smaller hikers. Both XLite and XTherm also come in a fully rectangular MAX model for extra comfort, but the minimalist UberLite does not. THERMAREST & MSR: Sale! 30% Off all MSR Tents and Thermarest Sleeping Bags including the award-winning Parsec 0! Therm-a-Rest has one of the best sleeping pad warranties in the business. If parts of this fail, get in touch. My experience with the XLite, XTherm, AXL, and now UberLite is that these pads make less noise with age and when paired with older shelter floors. Repeated folding of the pad seems to soften the materials, and normal use seems to buff the fabric coatings. WarmthA high price for the “lightest pad on the market”. You’re paying for name brand and utterly ultralight design. And as I’ve already mentioned it’s not a sleeping pad for 4 season camping. If you’re planning to camp below 40 °F, Uberlite shouldn’t be an option for you (Uberlite can be used in cold weather only if you mix things up a little bit, I will get into this below in the insulation section).
I would have some concerns about getting a rip/tear as the fabric feels paper thin but this is most definitely a risk I will take and I’ll just make sure to carry its repair kit with me. We tested the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir UberLite in a size Regular, which is the standard model most people will want.Therm-a-Rest's lightest airbed. From alpinists to thru-hikers, those who need the lightest gear have a new standard for ultralight comfort with this superlight pad. NeoAir UberLite: Ultralight option for fast-and-light types who adventure mostly in summer and occasional shoulder season conditions. Get the UberLite if you rarely see temps below 40 degrees F and are willing to treat your pad very carefully (and probably patch some punctures) in exchange for the lightest and smallest inflatable pad on the market.
In my opinion the UberLite is best for athletes and adventurers who need to take their ultralight gear to the next level, who can’t sleep comfortably on closed-cell foam pads like the ZLite Sol (see below), and/or who care about space and bulk just as much as weight. Examples: All of the NeoAir pads use horizontal baffles. We’ve found horizontal baffles are more comfortable than vertical. More on sleeping pad baffle types in our Guide. Featherweight: Weighing just north of half a pound, the UberLite sets a new standard for ultralight comfort. This is unfortunately where I have some negative things to say about the UberLite. Where the XLite uses stronger 30D fabric top and bottom, the UberLite uses 15D fabric, which seems not quite up to the challenge.Big On Comfort2.5 inches (6.4 cm) of cushion provides luxurious rest during your fast and light activities. Featherweight Weighing just north of half a pound, the UberLite sets a new standard for ultralight comfort.