I'm going to do all of you NeoAir freaks a favor and expose you to a few more economical choices that rival, or surpass the features of the NeoAir. Here they are.
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Peak Elite AC
The POE AC has got the NeoAir beat hands down. It should be available early spring 2011. Here's the quick and dirty:
- Peak Elite AC = 15oz (L) ---> NeoAir = 19oz (L)
- Peak Elite AC has vertical baffles ---> NeoAir has horizontal baffles
*Horizontal baffles allow the pad to conform to your body shape better and hold you in place
- Peak Elite AC R Value is 4.4 under the torso and 2.5 on extremities ---> NeoAir R Value is 2.5
- Peak Elite AC pad size 20"x78"x2.5" ---> NeoAir 77"X25"x2.5"
allowing the pad to be smaller while still being effective. Plus the shaved down size also shaves
- Peak Elite AC and NeoAir are both manually inflated, meaning you must blow them up like a ballon.
- Peak Elite AC pack size 4"x12" ---> NeoAir 4.5"x11"
Pacific Outdoor Equipment Ether Elite 6
Extremely similar to the POE Peak Elite AC, the "old" Ether Elite 6 has all the same features except it lacks the new "Radiant Heat Return" technology. So a slightly lower R Value. However the Large EE6 was priced at only $69 versus the NeoAir's (large) $169. That's a huge difference! And guess what? Pacific Outdoor Equipment didn't try to cheat us out of a stuff sack, they sell those with their products. Wow!
Exped SynMat Basic 7.5
Is now available for purchase! It's heavier than the others we've talked about but it's 3" thick instead of 2.5". Exped boasts an R Value of 4 for this mat which they rate down to -11º C (12º F). It comes in at 9.5"x5.7" packed and 71.5"x19" as a mat. It's narrower, yet, than the POE AC, and 6" narrower than the NeoAir.
Exped's sister series; the SynMat Pump is a bit heavier but has higher R Value and, you guessed it, an air pump to fill them up.