Catering to ounce counting backpackers and through hikers, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleep System combines some of Therm-a-Rest's most lightweight and most packable components including the NeoAir XLite inflatable sleeping pad, the Alpine Down Blanket, a Fast and Light Snap Kit to tie the two together, and an Ultralight Pillowcase in which you can stuff hats, layers, other clothes, to make a nice comfortable head rest. The foundation for the NeoAir Xlite Sleep System is of course the NeoAir Xlite pad. This is an inflatable pad that is very compact and very lightweight at 12 ounces of total weight for the regular length of the pad that we are looking at here at 20 by 72 with a 3.2R value it takes up very little space inside your pack. It is coupled with the Alpine Down Blanket which has a 35 degree temperature rating on it and you can see what it stuff down to. Total weight for the blanket is a pound and a half, for the pad itself it is only 12 ounces so you are just over 2 pounds for the entire sleep system. Definitely a weight that is going to appeal to most. In order to get the best performance out of the sleep system, it is important that the Alpine Blanket actually attach to the NeoAir Xlite pad. Therm-a-Rest makes this easy by including these adhesive strips in the Fast and Light Mattress Snap Kit. Each of these has a different attachment point that matches to the male or femal snap on the outside edges of the Alpine Down Blanket. I have already attached these and I will attach the other side here. You will notice that there is baffling her on the inside of the Down Blanket that increases warmth by being tucked on the top side and maximizes thermal efficiency of the sleep system. Final step in the assembling the sleep system is making sure that you have brought that elastic cuff around the bottom of the pad so that everything is securely in place. We have shown the snaps here in use but we have put them on before hand. They come packaged by Therm-a-Rest and you will need to put them on the pad yourself by pulling up the strip to expose the adhesive. We definitely advise doing that before you have inflated the pad so that this is a flat surface and Therm-a-Rest advises to give them about 24 hours for them to set up to ensure that they are in place and that they are going to stay in place when you are out in the backcountry.
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