By: Blonde One


My most recent exciting purchase of outdoor gear involves the sound of a crisp packet and a ‘light as a feather’ mattress. I am the proud new owner of a Thermarest NeoAir XLite camping mattress. It is a thing of beauty in so many ways. It has given me some good nights’ sleep: wild camping on Dartmoor, on a very rocky field next to a Moroccan river, and a soft grassy Welsh field. The best thing about it by far though, is how light it is: 340g. When inflated is is 6.3cm deep which helps with that restful night and has an R value of 3.9. The slight downside to this mattress (for Blonde Two, not me) is that it sounds a bit like I’m lying on a crisp packet, and it was quite expensive (please don’t tell Mr Blonde One)!