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I have a NeoAir Trekker large size pad and it is a pain, well at least not any fun to inflate with my lungs. I have also read that it is not good to inflate these as the moisture from your breath is a bad thing. So I have been looking at inflation options and came across the Exped Mini Pump and the Exped Pillow Pump, either of which will work in theory although the pillow pump seems to be the more logical choice as it has two purposes. Have any of you had any experience with this combination of the NeoAir and the Exped Pump? I want to know if it is going to work although it is a cheap test I don't want to waste my time or money on it if it doesn't work with the NeoAir.

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I have the same problem with my Neo-air.  It's been addressed before on the forums.  As for inflating it by breath, I think the issue of damage is only in the winter when the moisture from your breath can freeze in the pad and damage it.  I'm sure others can elaborate.

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If you can breathe, you can inflate this thing.  Why carry the extra weight of some kind of pump?  The only reason one would want to inflate a pad using a pump instead of your breath, is IF the pad contains down.  The Trekker does not.

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If you can breathe, you can inflate this thing.  Why carry the extra weight of some kind of pump?  The only reason one would want to inflate a pad using a pump instead of your breath, is IF the pad contains down.  The Trekker does not.

The weight of the pump is like 2oz and I personally do not count the  grams so a couple of extra ounces to make inflating my bed is worth it to me. Watching the reviews you can inflate the pad in less than a minute and your not light headed when complete.
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I use my lungs for temps above freezing but an inflation device for any pads once winter hits. Here are three options that have been used on pads even bigger than your Trekker.

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella

Cascade Designs is going to start selling that one themselves this winter.

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella

Both of those work better than my Exped pump sack.

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Different strokes, but I find that inflating my NeoAir by breath is such a non issue that I doubt I would ever consider any other option.  15 full deep breaths and less than a minute does it.  Even at altitude it is no big deal.
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Well you aren't the OP are you? Obviously it is an issue for him.

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I could have used one of these pumps myself this past weekend.  Apparently I'm not as full of hot air as some might suggest.

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Instaflator! Although I am looking at that electric pump ray tested.

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Instaflator! Although I am looking at that electric pump ray tested.

Thermarest now makes something equivalent to the Instaflator which doubles as a (very) large stuff sack.  Unfortunately, it weighs quite a bit more (3.5 oz).  Despite the weight and cost, not having to use lung power at 12 kfeet was a big savings in brain cells.
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Yeah, mine weighs an actual 3.2 oz. It will double as a pack liner too. That was this review:

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella

Thermarest is about to get into sleeping bags too. They want to own the sleep market I think.


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Yeah, mine weighs an actual 3.2 oz. It will double as a pack liner too. That was this review:

http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews....strella

I found it easy to use and a welcome break from puffing.  I, too, was leery of using my NeoAir as a seat, so I can't comment on that function.
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If you can breathe, you can inflate this thing.  Why carry the extra weight of some kind of pump?  The only reason one would want to inflate a pad using a pump instead of your breath, is IF the pad contains down.  The Trekker does not.

I agree.  Unless you have noticeable respiratory problems... just inflate with your lungs.  The way I look at it, we all have to breathe... may as well put that effort to dual use (pad inflation) rather than buying and carrying get another gadget piece.

On my last hike to Mt. Whitney, inflating my Neoair was a piece of cake -- even at 12,000 ft.  The trick is to breathe out normally (no need to blow hard, it ain't a contest) and slow down more before you actually feel the exertion.  Total time wasn't noticeably different from inflating in the lowlands.

As for true winter use... I'll leave that part to those with more winter camping experience.


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