|Triangular Core Matrix technology and all the reflective barriers |
that keep you warm! (Image courtesy of Cascade Designs.)
The second innovation is patent pending Triangular Core Matrix technology. The internal construction creates hundreds of individual cells that restrict air movement and make the mattress incredibly stable. The horizontal air chambers and cells help the mattress maintain shape no matter where your weight is. Even when I sat up on the pad with all of my weight in one place, I didn't touch the ground. My hips and shoulders stayed off the ground while laying down as well.
Additionally, setup is easy and the mattress is incredibly comfortable. When I received the NeoAir All Season as part of my Therm-a-Rest Sleep System from Cascade Designs, it came with a unique looking stuff sack and patch kit. Most common among complaints I'd read about the original NeoAir mattress was the fact that neither a patch kit or stuff sack were included. It sounds like Cascade Designs listened and included both with the NeoAir All Season.
|The "air pump" stuff sack and mattress.|
I definitely slept like a baby on the NeoAir All Season in the Catskills last weekend, but would change a few things about the mattress. First, it's a bit narrow. As a side sleeper, I found my feet and arms hung over the edge a bit, and I could use another two inches of width. The large size mattress is 25" wide, as opposed to the 20" regular size, but I don't need a 77" long mattress. I'd love to see a 72"x24" option available. (But that might also require a wider tent!) Second, I'd love the option of choosing a regular stuff sack instead of the air pump sack. Generally, the NeoAir All Season is incredible and I doubt I'll be sleeping on anything else! I'm looking forward to testing it in colder conditions in the High Sierra this week and on upcoming winter camping trips.
Huge thanks to Cascade Designs for sending me a complimentary sleep system to test! As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. Do you have a sleeping pad you absolutely love? Any comments about the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season? Let us know! And visit the rest of the posts in the series (Part 1 and Part 3) for a review of the entire Therm-a-Rest Sleep System.