June 7, 2012 Thermarest XLite Gear

Thermarest XLite

Thermarest’s Neoair XLite replaces the original Neoair pad, offering upgraded warmth (from a spec value of R2.4 to R3.2) at a slightly lower weight—one ounce less overall. The weight differential isn’t really big news, but the added warmth is: an R-value of 3.2 is pushing into the 4-season category, and even for 3-season use, you (more...)...

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July 30, 2010 Thermarest DreamTime Mattress Gear

Thermarest DreamTime Mattress

I may be biased toward ultralight gear, but a select few heavier items have a place in my heart as well. Case in point: Thermarest’s luxurious DreamTime sleeping pad. Calling the DreamTime a sleeping ‘pad’ seems a little misleading. The well-named DreamTime offers the comfort and warmth you’d expect from a full-size, stay-at-home, quality mattress (more...)...

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