It might be the most important advice given about going backpacking: pack light. If you’ve expressed interest in hitting the trails overnight to anyone whose done it before, you’ve probably heard that more times than you can remember. There’s plenty of truth to this motto, however, and if you’ve started to make your backpacking checklist, you’ve probably started counting ounces and pounds. Therm-A-Rest, the makers of camping sleeping gear, knows the last thing you should have to do is sacrifice comfort for a few free ounces in your pack. That’s why they made the NeoAir Uberlight lightweight sleeping pad—the absolute lightest insulated air mattress available on the market.
Pack More and Weigh Less With Therm-A-Rest’s Lightweight Sleeping Pad
Therm-A-Rest showcased the NeoAir Uberlight at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, and out team got to check out just how light and versatile it is. It’s clear this gear with those who need the lightest gear possible in mind, but alpinists and thru-hikers aren’t the only backpackers who can appreciate this lightweight sleeping pad. The pad’s insulation is designed to make the coldest nights in the back country more comfortable, but things get even warmer when combined with Therm-A-Rest’s 900-fill, 32-degree Vesper quilt, making a combined weight of just under 24 ounces.
Besides being functional beyond reason when in use, this lightweight sleeping pad’s major strength is its diminutive stature—about as big as a beer can when rolled up and stored. This offers more room in your pack for bulkier essentials (or non-essentials, we don’t judge). The pad comes in three sizes—each with very little difference in overall packing size and weight—ranging from $139 to $209, and is available for preorders on Therm-a-rest’s online store, with shipping in spring 2019. Buy Now: $139-$209