After my brief attempt at political commentary I’m back to gear and tweaks! The NeoAir has been a transformational piece of gear, giving superb sleeping comfort at a very low weight. I think it has been a game changer for sleeping mats. The Exped Downmat still gives the most comfort but for a much greater weight.
The one thing I’m not so keen on is the very grippy top surface. I tend to move around a lot in the night. The NeoAir means that my sleeping bag doesn’t move with me. I tend to move within my sleeping bag, meaning that I can’t use the hood effectively.
My workaround is to have a “pillow case” for my NeoAir. I’ve taken a silk sleeping bag liner from backpackinglight.co.uk, chopped a bit off and added a velcro seal. Well, actually my mother did the chopping and the sewing! And here it is:
The white strips are the velcro.
The silk case weighs 93g and feels luxurious, much nicer than the tacky feel of the NeoAir. It will add a little bit of insulation, but more importantly, it will allow my sleeping bag to move with me in the night.