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    Default Are Neoair Xlite Noise Issues a Big Deal?

    I'll be doing a section hike of the Sierras in late July.

    First time using a sleeping pad. I am a side sleeper mostly. Have some difficulty sleeping (but that might change after 20 miles days).

    I read the Neoair Xlite is great but consistently noisy. Is this true? Did Thermarest do anything to possibly address this in newer models.

    I am considering the Xtherm only because I come across reports of it being more comfortable and less noisy. I am not too concerned with needing it to stay warm.

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    I haven't had any issues with noise from either the lite or xtherm. I believe the noise issue mainly dealt with the original neoairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malto View Post
    I haven't had any issues with noise from either the lite or xtherm. I believe the noise issue mainly dealt with the original neoairs.
    Cool. Thanks!

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    Agreed. I had the same concern before I purchased mine last year and it is no noisier than any other mattress I've ever owned.
    Section hiker on the 20 year plan - 1,480 miles and counting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hikernutcasey View Post
    Agreed. I had the same concern before I purchased mine last year and it is no noisier than any other mattress I've ever owned.
    What a load off. So hard to find info on newer models through reviews. Going to REI today or tomorrow.

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    I own both current models...much improved over earlier version. If your a cold sleeper get the xtherm.


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    What noise?

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    The current Xlite is made of a softer, more "rubbery" material. Xtherm and All-Season are the "potato chip bag" material still.

    I can't imagine finding the Xlite too noisy to sleep on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malto View Post
    I haven't had any issues with noise from either the lite or xtherm. I believe the noise issue mainly dealt with the original neoairs.
    My experience exactly. My Xtherm Large gives me the best night's sleep ever. The result of a 2 month test.

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    Well at least one thing is settled. Xlite it is. Now time to pull trigger on SS1 or Lightgear... 19 sq ft or 30 sq ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rybir View Post
    Well at least one thing is settled. Xlite it is. Now time to pull trigger on SS1 or Lightgear... 19 sq ft or 30 sq ft.
    There's more to the live ability of a tent than square feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    There's more to the live ability of a tent than square feet.

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    Yes sir. And that's why I'm sticking with what my heart has always been set on. SS1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rybir View Post
    Yes sir. And that's why I'm sticking with what my heart has always been set on. SS1.
    Definitely check out the solong6.....very pleased with mine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    Definitely check out the solong6.....very pleased with mine...
    Thank you for the recommendation. I plan to visit Judy and look at the SoLong 6 in person.

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    I like the potato chip bag reference, you may notice it a little more when you are laying on it in your living room but out in the woods after a long day of hiking it will be the last thing you notice. It's funny how every different brand has it's own distinct sounds, I remember some (with lengthwise chambers) while on the flat shelter floor sounded like someone farting all night.

    +1 on the solong6, but remember the xlite will raise you up off the tent floor a couple of inches so it changes the way you will fit in the tent, especially if you are tall or on the upper size limit on the tent.

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    Never noticed any noise from mine. Earplugs are an easy solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangfire View Post
    I like the potato chip bag reference, you may notice it a little more when you are laying on it in your living room but out in the woods after a long day of hiking it will be the last thing you notice. It's funny how every different brand has it's own distinct sounds, I remember some (with lengthwise chambers) while on the flat shelter floor sounded like someone farting all night.

    +1 on the solong6, but remember the xlite will raise you up off the tent floor a couple of inches so it changes the way you will fit in the tent, especially if you are tall or on the upper size limit on the tent.
    True the taller mattress eats up head and foot height....I'm not tall at near 6' if I'm tight on space I put my rain shell over foot box of bag to keep any condensation off.


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    Just bought my Xlite Large from REI. $182 total...which included the $20 REI membership which got me 20% off the Xlite itself.

    It has crunch. But I was pretty surprised how comfortable it was. Also the tapered shape works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rybir View Post
    I read the Neoair Xlite is great but consistently noisy. Is this true?
    no idea. I use it while sleeping.
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    My son and I both have the Xlite and have not noticed any issues with noise - I didn't think there was a chance in the world something so light was going to be comfortable but we both love our Xlites

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