The innovative NEMO Tensor Insulated is a compact and lightweight inflatable sleeping pad. Providing a 3" sleeping base and Primaloft insulation while weighing less than 16 ounces (for the 20” sizes), the Tensor Insulated is ready-made for winter backpacking.
The Spaceframe baffles (die-cut trusses of low-stretch fabric) eliminate the springiness found in most pads. This creates a more stable sleep surface, better for rolling side-to-side and for keeping your elbows off the ground.
Unlike the limited number of vertical baffles employed by most traditional inflatable pads, the Tensor Insulated utilizes undulating lateral air baffles to offer the most comfort. A metalized film layer provides a reflective barrier that actually directs heat back to your body and cold air back to the ground and a layer of Primaloft on the inside of the baffles provide consistent insulation. The increased number of baffles helps to increase stability and avoid the "inflatable raft" feeling caused by over-inflated vertical baffles. The inflatable construction provides a full 3" thick support base. Ultra-lightweight, high-tenacity materials offer durability while maintaining an incredibly light packed weight.
The NEMO Tensor Insulated inflatable pad is available in 20 Small Mummy (48" x 20"), 20 Regular (72" x 20"), 20 Regular Mummy (72” x 20”), 25 Long (76" x 25"), and 25 Long Mummy (76” x 25”) size options.
- PrimaLoft insulation for consistent and even insulation
- 20D Polyester
- Includes stuff sack, compression strap and repair patches
Best Use Backpacking, Camping R-Value 15-25 Degrees F Item Weight 20 Small: 9 oz
20 Regular: 14 oz
20 Regular Mummy: 13 oz
25 Long: 1 lb 3 oz
25 Long Mummy: 1 lb 2 oz
Dimensions 20 Small: 20" x 48"
20 Regular: 20" x 72"
20 Regular Mummy: 20' x 72"
25 Long: 25" x 76"
25 Long Mummy: 25" x 76"
Warranty Limited Lifetime Type Inflatable Sleeping Pad Packed Size 20 Small: 8" x 3.25"
20 Regular: 8" x 3.25"
20 Regular Mummy: 8' x 3.5"
25 Long: 9.5" x 3.75"
25 Long Mummy: 9.5' x 3.5"
Real Customer Reviews
- A perfect sleeping pad in any conditions
Likes: It's a lightweight sleeping pad that can fit in your bag. It's not waterproof but can get dry very quickly. Easy to fold and unfold.
Dislikes: kinda hard to fill air into the pad. I use a plastic bag to do so.
- Worked well for me.
Likes: Recently used this pad while on a backpacking trip in the Rocky mountains. Packed away well in my backpack. Was fairly easy to blow up and to deflate as well. Was pretty comfortable under my sleeping bag, and held up really well. Didn't have any negative issues.
Dislikes: None really. Maybe going with the 25" inch wide one would have been a little nicer, but this worked just fine.
- Very Comfortable, Even On Rocky Ground
Likes: The PA AT is full of rocks but I did not feel a thing through this pad. I toss and turn during the night so the 25" width is an ideal size for me. Took only 31 breaths to fully inflate. No need for a pump. Used only in the summertime so far. I am 64 years old, weigh 180 lbs, and 5' 11" tall.
Dislikes: Rubbing between the pad and tent floor makes a loud "crunching" noise. As noted in "Likes" I toss and turn, which makes this somewhat annoying. I am not aware of an available solution to stop the noise.
- LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE
Likes: The pad is very comfortable. It kept me warm during the cold nights. No difficulty in the air valves to setup. Packs down very small.
Dislikes: None so far
- I am a big fan of this matress. I was looking to upgrade my sleeping setup for multi-day backpacking trips without sacrificing too much weight when I came across the Nemo Tensor 25R mattress.
Likes: I already took it out for a 3night hike and really enjoyed my decision to go with it. The 3 inches of cushion are very nice- although I do recommend to use some kind of device to inflate it. The mattress is also very quiet. I am hoping it is durable, because I really like it. I also got the 20R for wife- same comfort right at 1lb.
Dislikes: The 25 inches of width are also really nice but they come with a weight penalty of about 5 oz when compared to the 20R model- for an overall weight of about 1lb 5oz. with that said, this is one of the few mattress that comes in the size of Regular Wide- so you don’t have to get the extra-long to get the larger width.
- Very comfortable, lightweight, backpacking pad
Likes: Lightweight, compact, warm
Dislikes: Thin material can puncture easily, takes some good puffs to blow up but worth it!
- No sore hip bones
Likes: This pad packs down to nothing, is as light as they come, and is comfortable.
I'm on the heavier side, and short, and have hips, so most inflatable pads leave me with a sore hip from digging into the ground all night, but not this one! First time sleeping on the ground comfortably! It is quiet, and you don't feel like you are going to fall off! Sometimes those pads feel really slippery and tipsy but I slept soundly all night long. I like the insulation too, because I have an autoimmune disease that makes it difficult to regulate temperature. Once I get cold, it's very hard to warm up again, but I didn't get cold all night!
Dislikes: No dislikes.
- Great for a tall backpacker!
Likes: -Length for a 6'4" backpackers is great
-Insulated and had no trouble sleeping in temps below comfort zone
-Compact and light for how thick and insulated it is
Dislikes: -Had problem with gradual leaking air but it was exchanged and resolved, still the only sleeping pad I will purchase.
- Great for kids
Likes: Perfect size for a child's sleeping bag. Doesn't bunch up on the edges due to the design. Easy to inflate/deflate.
- Great pad and value
Likes: I'm a side sleeper who tosses and turns all night and I found this pad to be fantastic. Have only used it once, but it got down to 15 degrees and I didn't notice any chill coming up from it. The surface is relatively smooth, which makes it comfortable. It has the reflective insulation on the bottom, so it's a quieter pad with no crinkly noise most of the time. The 3" thickness is great and more than enough for side sleeping, depending on how high you inflate it. Right now I am using the pad with a mummy bag, but I imagine this is quite good with a quilt.
I'm 6'1 and a meaty guy and the large worked well for me. Sure, it's a few ounces more, but being able to move around a little bit makes it much easier to sleep at night.
I spent a lot of time comparing this pad with others on the market, such as the Big Agnes Q Core SLX, REI Flash, and Therm a Rest Xlite and Xtherm. Ultimately, I chose it for a few reasons - lower price, smart design of the insulation, fairly low weight, and perceived comfort. It's so far satisfied me on all of those aspects.
Dislikes: The outside surfaces semi-absorb water, so takes some time to dry if you accidentally get it wet. The inflate valve is also a traditional 2-way valve that takes a bit more effort than the newer style flat 1-way valves, I'd like to see them update the valve. The material is also 20 denier, which makes me a little anxious about putting it on any rough surface such as on bare rock.
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