Therm-a-Rest NeoAir: Camping Comfort and Warmth Minus the Weight

Inflatable camping mats are largely pretty simple; you inflate them with air and they provide a comfortable cushion between you and the cold, hard, rocky ground. There’s not too much technology or exciting innovation there, though the camping mat is a great alternative to sleeping on a bed of twigs and pebbles.


Well, proving that camping mats aren’t a one-trick pony, the new NeoAir mats by Therm-a-Rest use a Reflective Barrier to reflect your body heat back upwards while reflecting cold air to the ground. The Triangular Core Matrix construction limits air flow further mitigating heat loss and providing a more stable sleeping surface. What you get is a thermal barrier that is engineered to keep you warm and comfortable the entire night. Sound like a bunch of hype? All you need to do is put your hand on the mat and within seconds you’ll begin to feel a very noticeable warmth from the reflective technology. It works, and it works well.

Since the NeoAir uses lightweight design features to achieve its thermal properties, it eliminates the need for bulky insulating materials like down found on other insulated 3-season mats. It brings the warmth without the weight. The smallest model in the 4-size line weighs just under a pound and rolls up to the size of a 1-liter soda bottle. These mats will be as useful for backpacking as they are for car camping. NeoAir mats will run $120 to $170 and begin retailing in April.

UPDATE: It is now available at Amazon.

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Mar 16, 2009
by Anonymous

These have been out for

These have been out for awhile. I had the pleasure of sleeping on one about a year ago.

Mar 17, 2009
by Chris Weiss

Well, they haven't gone on

Well, they haven't gone on sale yet and were officially announced last July. Maybe you got a sneak preview? Or maybe a different mat?

Mar 19, 2009
by Anonymous


oh.... my....froggin.... god.... i want one!!!! i go mountain biking and this would be perfect to sleep on in any weather because the heat would heal my muscles way faster!!!! this is an awesome design!!! so now you all know what to get me for my birthday!!!