Thermarest NeoAir Trekker Mattress Review 2013/07/30
I once spent a night out on the welsh hills in the depth of winter.
All I had with me was a 1 season three quarter length roll mat. I
could hardly feel my feet as during the night it got so cold! I
promised myself to never repeat this experience. To this day I always
concentrate on my sleep systems as they are vital to health and
comfort in the hills. This is a full review and field test of
the Thermarest NeoAir Trekker. Let's check it out.
The Thermarest NeoAir Trekker has been with me on many trips now and is
proving itself as a very comfortable, warm and spacious wild camping
roll mat. Its construction and quality are still impressing me with
every trip I take it on.
The Thermarest NeoAir Trekker lacks foam inside so the mattress is only
air. As a result it packs down to a size similar to a 1litre Nalgene
bottle. Above all even with this small pack size it still manages to be
an impressive 6.3cm thick when inflated! Inflating the Thermarest NeoAir
Trekker requires a good few minutes if you want to do it without
fainting. However with practice it is soon filled with enough air to
sleep on. As you get more and more used to using the NeoAir systems then
your lungs get stronger and inflating them becomes a lot easier!
The face fabric on the Thermarest NeoAir Trekker is a thick and durable
75D for the top and 100D for the base. For instance at camp sites where
the ground may be sharp or prickly the roll mat copes well. Bushcraft,
wilderness trekking or canoe expeditions would benefit from a roll mat
able to withstand nasty pine needles! However when you go to pitch up
and any location always inspect the ground first! Sleeping on the
Thermarest NeoAir Trekker is best suited for when you face unpredictable
camping situations. For example at night when you cannot check the
ground before you pitch the thicker roll mat absorbs stones and bumps
really well. So you spend the night in comfort instead of having a
little rock poking you in the back.
In terms of insulation the Thermarest NeoAir Trekker has a 'Triangular
Core Matrix'. This is internal baffling that creates over 100 pockets of
air which helps stabilise the structure. Resulting in a comfy mattress
as well as slowing down heat loss which means you stay toasty too.
Compressibility and pack-ability are stars of the show here; the
Thermarest NeoAir Trekker weighs in at 730g for the L version. As a 2-3
Season roll mat, it’s not suited for winter use. Quality and attention
to detail is excellent, but it’s a Thermarest so no surprises there. If
you leave your tent or bivi pitched during the day and leave your roll
mat inflated, make sure you open the valve. If the day is hot enough you
may have a nasty exploded mat to come back to! Overall the Neo Air
Trekker is a tough little roll mat with heaps of comfort! Thermarest
NeoAir Trekker is covered by Therm-a-rest's Lifetime Warranty. Highly