Survival Gear Review: Thermarest Neoair Xtherm

On my second Bug Out trip “Winter Warning” I made a mistake. Being new to the survival world I had not done enough research before tackling below freezing temperatures. The mistake was not having a pad to sleep on. I can still remember the endless night and the frightening chills that ran down my spine. Needless to say upon my return I sought out to find the pad that I continue to use today and it is the ThermaRest Neoair Xtherm. Knowing that I would be continuing to venture into the wild to further test myself and my gear in all 4 seasons I knew I was going to need a pad to match that.

By Grimm, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

USA Berkey Filters

With a R rating of 5.7 the pad has successfully kept my skinny body protected on the ground and in my hammock to temperatures below 0°F. Not only did I stay warm but I was comfortable as well because the inflatable pad reaches a thickness of 2.5inches which when laying on rocky ground those inches help out. No one would think with such a high R rating and thickness that weight would be a problem but ThermaRest did it again with having the pad only weigh 1lb 4oz.

Related: Military Sleeping Bags For Bugging Out

Unfortunately all these great features come at a price and a steep price at that. At 200 dollars this will be one of most expensive pads you purchase. You could say that its worth it, ( I do. ) but if you are not going out in freezing temperatures frequently then this might be a bit much. It is also an inflatable pad and anytime you blow something up there is a worry of punctures and then you have no insulation or comfort. Speaking of blowing it up. I would highly suggest you don’t try to blow it up by mouth but use the inflation bag that comes with it instead because it takes a lot of air and time.

At the end of the day I greatly enjoy this pad. I have been using it for over 4 years on many trips and not once have I had a rip or puncture nor have I had a cold back. Is it expensive? Yes, but as a survivalist and a Bug Out Boy I never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at me and I would rather be prepared for the extremes than suffer another night like I did years ago.

My Video Review of the Thermarest Neoair Xtherm

Get Exclusive Survival Articles!

Subscribe and get survival prep, gear reviews, and guides sent to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Leave a Comment

Get Exclusive Survival Articles!

Subscribe and get survival prep, gear reviews, and guides sent to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.