Oct 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm #1294617
Hey all, haven't been around much lately, it's been a real long year and I've been in the forge most of it. I'm going to post some pics of the work I've been doing and a shop tour soon, but right now I'm trying to revamp my winter gear list.
I'm thinking about cutting down a NeoAir XTherm large, and wondering if anybody here has done it yet? I didn't bother with a search since I don't have time to wade through all the threads I've missed.
Anyway, I know plenty of regular neoairs were succesfully shortened, wondering if there are caveats to doing an xtherm.
Cheers!Oct 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm #1917371
@m-lLocale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Seriously just sell it and buy a small. What if you dont like the drop off, many people have issues with this. How much weight are you really saving a few ounces tops? I think you could find other ways to save weight besides chopping a $220 pad in half.Oct 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm #1917381
It's an issue of width Michael. The large is 25" wide but way too long.
The money is irrelevant, I'm an acrobatic side sleeper, and comfort is king.
I haven't even bought one in the first place, but since afaik Bender is permenantly MIA, and I'm not aware of anybody else making custom pads, this is the primary option. I'm expecting to save quite a few ounces frankly, and this isn't my first rodeo fwiw.
Thanks anyway though.Oct 2, 2012 at 9:54 am #1917512
I had thought about doing the same thing a little while back, but never found anyone that had already done it so I was hesitant. The consensus was that everyone thinks it would be very similar to mod'ing a Neoair which it probably is. I decided to wait until someone else gave it a shot though. Best of luck if you do decide to try it.
RyanOct 2, 2012 at 10:31 am #1917518
Yeah I will end up doing it unless someone posts that there is some inhibiting factor. My only concern was whether they've switched to some ultrasonic/laser weld only fabric vs heat sealing.
Might be a few weeks before I get to it, but I'll post my findings.Oct 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm #1917700
I really wish they would make a 25×48 xlite, and I've thought about buying a large just to make my own.Oct 3, 2012 at 8:25 am #1917772
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
I too am interested in the results. I'd love to have a 25" wide pad that was a bit shorter than the standard L length.
If you do this, please post the results!Oct 3, 2012 at 11:12 pm #1918035
@erikdtzLocale: Los Angeles
I shortened my original neoair and the baffles were almost like fabric so it was easy to heat seal them. I think the neoair xlite has aluminum on the baffles which I assume would make heat sealing more difficult. But I really have no idea haha.
If you decide to do this, please post the results. I would love to have a shorter but 25" wide pad!Oct 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm #1918195
Well I've got some rei dividend and a 20% off coupon, and absolutely zilch else to buy there, so I'll pick one up next week assuming they're in stock.
It's definitely getting cut.Oct 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm #1918197
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
Has anyone shortened an X-lite yet? I would love a short wide pad.Oct 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm #1918203
@anthonywestonLocale: Southern CA
I was able to shorten an Xlite, however
the material bubbles and it took a great deal more pressure to get a seal.
The old neoair material made a much better seal.
With the Xlite I left a 2 inch border and it seem to work.
I cut out the inner material in a 2.5 inch strip to get it out of the way.
I've used it now for several months without a problem.
It was difficult to work with and it not a sure thing.Oct 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm #1918211
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
Thanks Anthony.Nov 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm #1927689
Anyone have any success cutting down the xtherm? Mine needs a haircut and was wondering if anyone else had success.Jan 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm #1945318
@Javan – did you end up doing it?Jan 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm #1945907
I did my All-Season Neoair. Straight forward, and fairly easy. I've no clue if the xtherm uses similar fabric though. Good luck to any who go through with it, just remember to take your time and practice with the piece being cut off first.Jan 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm #1946493
Yeah – my concern is that te new materials have been reported to be thinner… And of course te tapered shape..
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