Having owned the following NeoAir's, i thought it was time for a long term mini review/comparison of the NeoAir production line.
I've owned these:
NeoAir Xlite reg.
NeoAir Xlite large
NeoAir reg: great! From that point, i knew i would never move away from an air mattress. A little warmer than my old prolite 3, but still a little chilly around freezing temp.
Then i bought the large, because i wanted to try it out, but the weight wasn't worth it, and it took forever to blow up. But the size was very nice.
Then the Xlite reg. Now i was warm at around freezing temp! But the tapered design was very annoying compared to the original reg. Too narrow. But lighter...It weighed exactly 350 gram as Cascade specs said.
Then the Xlite Large:
Waited to buy this a long time, because Cascade specs said 460 gram. Took my kitchen weight with me to the store, because i remembered people stating different weights of the same pad. And as Mike Clelland says, "It's okay to be geeky!"
I noticed two different versions of the pad. The same type as my old Xlite reg., and a more transparent type. The transparent versions where clearly lighter than the other version. And in the transparent batch, there where also weight differences. I ended up with a transparent Xlite Large at 419 gram, that's 41 grams lighter than Cascade specs! Nice!
A nice surprise when i came home to blow it up: it is so much easier to
inflate than the old NeoAir Large. The resistance is noticeably less.
This i'm not sure is a difference from the original to the Xlite or from the non-transparent to transparent version of the Xlite.
All in all, i think my new transparent NeoAir Xlite Large at 419 gram / 14.78 oz is light, warm at around freezing temp, long and wide enough for me (i'm 185 cm / 6.1 feet) as a side sleeper in "light-fetal position", and easy to inflate.
Hope somebody can use some of this...