Dd2 - I would have loved to join you but unfortunately I've got a wedding on 25 July this year, which is really killing my big plans! I'm hoping to do the GR11 next year but because of another wedding in 2016 (on 5 August), at which my wife's a bridesmaid, she may only be able to come for the first part. I'm just working out the plans for how much will be joint, how much solo. Because the wedding in 2016 is August, I'm hoping (snow dependant) to start 17 June and complete by 29 July at the latest.
I'd be really keen to hear how you got on. Also, without wishing to put off any of the noble users of this forum, it's great to see someone else on here in the same age bracket (I'm 32) who is up for big hikes. Whereabouts are you based? I'm in Leeds.
Sorry Bold Adventurer but I just don't buy that anyone who was coming on here to give some genuine feedback about a Thermarest would use the phrase 'at various price points to suit everyone's pockets'. This is PR speak and given it is your only post on this forum I call your bluff.
It is a shame and not needed for two reasons:
1. Since 2004 most people have worked out how durable the NeoAirs are and it's not like there are loads of reviews talking about them popping/puncturing all the time. So your intervention on behalf of Thermarest to counter points made in a thread over 10 years ago looks a bit desperate and silly.
2. I've just had a fantastic experience with Thermarest. My old rectangular NeoAirs both started to bobble. It looked like the internal baffles had gone. T'rest sent me two brand new 2015 Xlites within 5 days of me posting mine to them. That is amazing customer service and the kind that I would shout about. You posting your nonsense takes the shine off how T'rest are perceived.
Hugh, without wanting to be over the top, you are an inspiration.
A couple of footnotes:
1. I have read a paper that opined that once you get your total carried weight under 5kg there is no additional calorific burn over and above the hiking (apologies I've tried to find the link but can't). That is total carried weight but the closer you get to that the less the calorific burn, the fewer the extra calories you need over and above the intake needed for the exercise you're doing, the less food you need to carry = lower weight pack. The virtuous circle. I've met some who seem to need very little food when out hiking, personally my appetite goes through the roof when I get out and I still seem not to keep my weight!
2. Again this is only personal experience but I found a really noticeable difference on my back when between two trips I reduced my base weight from approx 5.3kg to 4.2kg. That was when I was able to get everything in a much smaller pack, which also made life on the trail more enjoyable.