I’ve had a couple of Expeds delaminate on me not long after the guarantee ran out, and I’ve also had a couple of issues with Exped valves. It packs up easily into its stuff sack and is lightweight. For inflation by mouth this valve is definitely easier to wrap your lips around then the flush valves common on many other mats and it didn’t take more than a few minutes to blow up. Side Sleeper Friendly - There was a definite appeal to the users who were side sleepers and that this pad was perfect for their use.. I´ve probably used it 20+ times and now the valve has given up. Campman is an outdoor retail store located in Salt Lake City, Utah that specializes in gear and equipment for camping, skiing, backpacking, climbing, and everything in … The Tensor can be inflated by blowing into it if necessary, but the included Vortex pump sack makes it much easier. To use it un-clip the pump valve adapter and use it directly. The advanced design of the valve is practical and sets it apart from other brands, but why put it on top of the sleeping pad? Spaceframe baffles still offer unparalleled stability and weight distribution. The overall comfort of the mat was very good. The pump sack (right) clicks onto a ring around the top of the valve. Tensor's valve clicks right inside. Joined Nov 12, 2018 Messages 16. NEMO - Tensor Insulated. Lars Pedersen. If you open the top part (black stem) only, you have a one-way valve that allows air to enter the pad but not leak out. The Tensor mats inflate via these small valves that stick out like a little dongle; I’ve got mixed feelings about these. The new pump sack included with the XTherm clicks onto a ring surrounding the top of the WingLock Valve, which is easier to mate than the pump-sack-to-valve-connection on the previous … I've used it on a number of camping trips and backpacking trips. I've only had it a few months and honestly I don't think I'll keep it. It´s stuck. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to purchase. The NEMO Tensor Insulated, fully blown up, in the NEMO Dagger 2P tent. Slightly obtrusive air valve; For two years I had the Sea to Summit Insulated comfort pad and loved it except that I continually had issues with it losing air overnight with two different pads. Offering quieter, more supportive sleep at a tiny packed size, Tensor ultralight sleeping pad stands apart as the ultimate backcountry adventurer’s best friend. Warmth: The 4.2 R-value is a sweet spot for a pad this weight. The Nemo Tensor Alpine Valve has two modes: inflation and deflation. Nemo sent me a replacement valve for free. Perhaps it was considerably cheaper to place on the sleeping surface of the pad, and those savings has been passed on to the consumer. An improvement would be a lighter material. Nemo tensor can be your ultimate adventure best friend. It features a micro-adjustable valve and includes a Vortex pump sack and made of 20D fabrics which makes it the lightest sleeping pad. Just replaced my Static V with a Nemo Tensor insulated. I just took the Nemo Tensor pad on a 3-day backpacking trip across the Wasatch Front and it was so so comfortable. My buddy who is 6’2” 250 + used the 9 and likes it. I use the 7 I’m 6 foot 230. I want to love it, but my gut feeling doesn't. The Winglock valve is a two-part valve, with each part opening or closing via twisting. The Tensor Alpine is a fairly firm pad as air mattresses go, but you can bleed off air to soften it up. The Backcountry X NEMO Verata pad is longer than my Thermarest, its storage volume 25% of the Thermarest volume (did the math based on packed size and assuming perfect cylindrical shape), and the weight is the same. All the air will be gone and it's ready for packing on the first try. Update: We tested the NEMO Tensor in 2017 (technically the Tensor 20R Mummy, which indicates the width, shape, and insulation of the pad). NEMO doesn’t publish the R-value for the Tensor series but states a 10 to 20-degree rating for the insulated models. Special Features (Pros) of the Nemo Tensor Ultralight Sleeping Pad. Here’s how the Nemo Tensor 20R Mat performed: Comfort – 4/5. It´s the best sleeping pad i´ve ever had and I´ve been scouting and hiking for 50 years. (The women’s pad has an R-value of 5.4, based on the assumption that women sleep colder than men.) So I decided to try out this Nemo Tensor Insulated 20 pad. While visiting USA in spring ´17, I bought a Nemo Tensor insulated sleeping pad in a Rei store in Mass. The one used is overkill and just adds weight to the backpack. The valve system is reliable and this mat kept me warm in winter conditions down to 16 degrees. It’s spaceframe baffles offers stability, weight distribution and ensures a quieter sleeping experience. It's twice as thick as the Thermarest when fully inflated and is incredibly comfortable. I found deflating and roll-up to be easier, too. Super light and compact, its interior compartmental construction keep it warm, stable and quiet. Denmark Sincerely. Undo the valve, fold it in thirds, and roll. I´ve probably used it 20+ times and now the valve has given up. Any issues I had with the Nemo Equipment Tensor were both positive and negative (valve stiffness vs. durability) or were neutral (condensation build-up happens in every sleeping pad with long term, high humidity usage – worse if you mouth inflate.) Nemo sent me a replacement valve for free. However, I don't like that the pumpsack can't be used for anything else. Speed To Inflate - The pad is very quick to inflate and be ready for bed within 2 minutes!. I used the Flyer side by side with an insulated NEMO Tensor air pad on a handful of backpacking trips and also in my campervan.. NEMO also includes a handful of small extras that go a long way to making the Tensor more user-friendly than most, and the result is an extremely packable, warm ultralight backpacking pad. One drawback is if you somehow lose the pump sack or forget it at home while on a trip. The equivalent Big Agnes is well specced but is getting terrible reviews. Fits easily into my 65L pack. The ultra backcountry best friend the Tensor ultralight sleeping pad stands apart for offering quieter, more supportive sleep at a paltry weight. Therm-a-Rest uses its ThermaCapture reflective technology to trap radiant heat inside the pad, while the Triangular Core Matrix construction minimizes convective heat loss. Minimum Weight 14.5 oz / 410 g Minimum Temp. Zone15 to 25F / -9 to -4C ShapeMummy Width20 in / 51 cm Length72 in / 183 cm Thickness3 in / 8 cm Insulation TypePrimaloft and Aluminized Film Packed Size8 x 3.5 in / 20 x 9 cm Fabric20D PU … Updated with a zero-profile, micro-adjustable valve and included Vortex pump sack, NEMO's lightest sleeping pad uses premium 20D fabrics to shave grams without sacrificing plush comfort. The pad is a tad lighter, includes a pump sack, and has a slightly more refined look. The baffles run horizontally much like Therm-a-Rest’s Neoair sleeping pads but the cover fabric feels much more comfortable against your skin. Exped synmat 9. I was very wrong. It was easy to replace at home – would have been a difficult field repair though. I believe the new version of the insulated tensor is around $150-$160 . But if you value the extra cushion and are gentle on your gear, the Nemo Tensor is an excellent lightweight pad and cheaper than a Therm-a-Rest. I'm not normally a cold sleeper. Finally, although the Nemo’s valve is more user-friendly than Therm-a-Rest’s WingLock, it does have a history of leaking. It´s the best sleeping pad i´ve ever had and I´ve been scouting and hiking for 50 years. Hi While visiting USA in spring ´17, I bought a Nemo Tensor insulated sleeping pad in a Rei store in Mass. He filled the pad without any problems in less than five minutes. Although it’s not the highest mat on the market, it offers a max 8 cm, which was certainly enough to satisfy my needs as both a side sleeper with hip comfort and firmness as a back sleeper. Like you I just can’t live with the noise and collapsing edges of the ThermaRests, so my current shortlist is the Nemo and the StoS. After only 25-30 nights, the valve had issues closing properly. If you have an old Nemo Tensor insulated 25L, the one with pop up, push/pull valve this will work with it. If you have had any of these problems on a camping trip, read on, I believe the Nemo Equipment Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad may be perfect for you. NEMO is updating the pad in 2019 with a redesigned flat valve, which looks to be much more functional than the previous valve. The $120 one I believe is the older version with the older air valves that were supposed to be slower to inflate/deflate. Aug 1, 2019 #23 TangoJuliet Junior Member. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. NEMO Flyer Performance. The valve placement on the Tensor is puzzling. Offering quieter, more supportive sleep at a tiny packed size, Tensor ultralight sleeping pad stands apart as the ultimate backcountry adventurer’s best friend. When the Nemo Tensor pad arrived in the mail I was pretty hesitant about it. It seemed too small to be as comfortable as the other pad I was using. NeoAir Xlite Features. Based on my experiences, I would have to say Nemo has some moderate design problems (mylar tearing) and some serious production quality control issues (weight, valve variability). The exterior of the pad is soft but not soft enough that you are sliding around all night. On top of all this, the pad sleeps very cold. Do you think it can be fixed? I bought the Nemo Tensor 25 last year. I got a great deal on the mummy version of the Nemo Tensor Insulated 20R, (around $100 for a pad with an MSRP of $149.95) so I decided to try it. Pump Sack Included - The Vortex Pump Sack comes with every Tensor. The tensor is an upper-end pad that shows how far air chamber pads have come. The Nemo Tensor Ultralight Sleeping Pad is Nemo’s ultralight pad option. Learn some tips and tricks when using NEMO valves in sleeping pads and pillows. great combo of price, weight, and R value. In addition to working with the Tensor Alpine pad, the Vortex pump sack also works with other NEMO pads that have the same valve, namely the Tensor, Astro, Flyer, and Roamer models. Offering quieter, more supportive sleep at a tiny packed size, Tensor ultralight sleeping pad stands apart as the ultimate backcountry adventurer’s best friend. It´s stuck. I get cold on this pad in temperatures below about 45-50F, and that's with a 0-degree mummy bag. Size – 4/5 . 6 Reasons to Love the Nemo Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad . Inflation works relatively well with the included pumpsack. This was a problem with the old valve and old pump sack, where air would flow out of the pad when it got close to being fully inflated. So it’s time to look elsewhere. In 2019 we updated this favorite to make it even lighter and warmer, as well as adding zero-profile valves and an included pump sack. 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