I posted about this not too long ago and got crickets, but have yet to be entirely satisfied with the choices that I have been able to evaluate, so let's try again.
Problem: I bushwhack fairly often and am sick of buying new CCF sleep pads about once a year due to wear and tear. It's not just bushwhacking either, when you have something strapped on your pack it will get dinged up eventually--on the trail or even in the city (I often take public transportation to trailheads, for example). Also, let's face it, bulk sucks.
In the spring and fall months I take my regular sized Neoair Xlite, and I am very happy with it. In the summer I will use it if temps are lower (I live in Sweden after all) but usually go for foam. The foam pads I take are around 150-200g (5-7oz) and are between .5 and 1 R value. I'd like to get an air pad to come close to or match both that kind of weight and R value. I use a frameless pack in the summer, and have a small torso foam pad in my pack that acts as the back support, sit/kneel pad, and to supplement my sleep system. So I am fine with uninsulated or low R value pads, because I will have a bit of foam with me anyhow to put under it for added comfort/warmth. I am 6 foot tall so I need a pad that is more than 45 inches or so.
After doing a lot of searching, this is all I have come up with that comes close to what I am looking for:
Original Neoair Small - 9oz, R 2.5, 47 inches, 80 bucks new. This is the front runner still, but is kind pricy and I'd be buying an older piece of technology.
Exped Basic UL Small - 11.3oz, R .7, 64 inches, 50 bucks new.
TAR Prolite Small - 11oz, R 2.2, 47 inches, 50 bucks new.
GG Airbeam Medium - 9oz, R ? (I'd guess around .5?), 48 inches, 90 bucks new.
Multimat Superlite Air - 10.6oz, R .9, 70 inches, 100 bucks new.
I'm not interested in any of the Kylimt pads (holes in my pad, no thanks), or a small Xlite (expensive, already have a reg size one!). Are there any other pads out there to suit my needs that I may have missed?
Maybe this will help those of you that are also looking to buy a 1+ season air pad. I've been doing a lot of Googleing and searching and seem to have exhausted my options. It looks like currently the market does not have what I think is a realistic yet ideal product, which would be a 7oz, R 2, 21in x 50in air pad. If you are reading this Cascade Designs, get on this ASAP!