NEMO Longbow Alpine Sleeping Pad
Spaceframe™ 20D Baffles
NEMO Longbow Alpine Sleeping Pad Details
3 inches of stable, supportive loft. Undulating lateral baffles are the most comfortable and unobtrusive topography for sleeping pads. Spaceframe™ baffles provide more stability and a quieter sleep than competitors. Premium 20D fabric shaves grams for a minimal pack size and weight.
- Dimensions (in, cm):
- Regular: 72 x 20 x 3 in/ 183 x 51 x 8 cm
- Wide: 76 x 25 x 3 in/ 193 x 64 x 8 cm
- Minimum Weight (lb, oz-kg):
- Regular: 1 lb, 2 oz / 515 g
- Wide: 1 lb, 10 oz / 750 g
- Packed Weight (lb, oz-kg):
- Regular: 1 lb, 5 oz / 595 g
- Wide: 1 lb, 13 oz / 830g
- Packed Size (in-cm):
- Regular: 8.0 x 3.0 in diameter / 20 x 8 cm diameter
- Wide: 9.5 x 3.5 in diameter / 24 x 9.25 cm
- -20 to -10F / -29 to -23C
- R-Value: 4.8
- Includes repair kit, vortex pump sack, and drawstring stuff sack
How It's Built
- Material: Other
- Weight: 17oz.
Where to Use
- Pacific Northwest
- Temperature Ranges:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
- 60F - 80F
- Above 80F
- Below 0F
Compact, lightweight and comfortable. Kept me warm when temps dipped into the low 30s in Montana. I purchased the regular size but if I were any taller I would go with the long version.
Hike R2R2R of the Grand Canyon. 12 degrees one night and did great on the pad. Used it in a shelter on another hike and it was good.
I think it’s much more comfortable (when lying on back) to inflate the mattress to roughly 90%. This way, the mattress complements your back rather than redefining your arch.
I haven’t used the blow up bag - it takes 1 minute to manually blow it up. When packing it, fastest way for me is to fold it twice hot dog style and start from the non-plugged end.
All in all, I’m really happy with it.
Have only used the pad for 2 nights so far, but those nights tested it's abilities. The weather conditions and my set up are as follows.
Both nights averaged 15°F, with wind chills making the "feels like" temp 4°F, with some flurries of snow.
Used a tarp for top shelter, and slept inside an old military sleep system bivy with the pad and sleeping bag. Sleeping bag rated for 15°F.
Slept with merino wool top and bottom base layer, and light weight puffy jacket and pants.
I've made the mistake of sleeping on cheap pads from Walmart that aren't insulated, thinking the sleeping bag would be enough to keep me warm. But a pad is super integral to staying warm and this pad did the job. Never felt even a bit of chill on this pad.
Packs up small and is easy to get back in it's stuff sack. The pad stayed fully inflated for both nights. Inflation only took about 3 bags to fill using the included inflation bag. Deflating is quick as well with the large opening.
Pad was comfortable too, I don't feel like I'm rolling off like other pads I've tested. And as a side sleeper, I didn't feel my hip or shoulders bottoming out to the ground.
Very quiet too, doesn't sound like a potato chip bag like other high R rated pads
While it is a bit costly, you should definitely feel confident in this pad. Well worth it. Its a top performer in all categories for cold weather sleeping and backpack hunting
I love this friggin thing. Spent a total of 35 nights archery hunting on this pad, in the backcountry of Oregon. Temps ranged from low 40’s down to high teens. Warm comfortable and durable. Also very light. Nemo and first lite knocked it out of the park on this one.
Took this on a 300 mile backpacking trip along Lake Superior. Did a load of research on sleeping pads and this one won out in the end. I decided on the NEMO Longbow Alpine over the standard NEMO Insulated Tensor as even though this was a couple ounces heavier, this one has a great R Value as well as a more robust material along the bottom of the pad to protect against ground puncture. Let me tell y'all, this thing rocks. Back sleeper, side sleeper, 60 degree nights down to a 34 degree night. I never had an issue with cold creeping up beneath me, and I never woke up sore. Never lost an ounce of air. This thing is one of the most quiet insulated sleeping pads on the market, another reason for going with the NEMO. My friends and other backpackers were jealous of my sleep system (paired this with an REI 30 degree Magma bag). As soon as you lay on this thing, you can start feeling the warmth radiating into your back. Packs small. I am only 5'5", so I didn't have much issue fitting on this mummy pad. Valve performed flawlessly. I did not use the provided pump sack on the trip, but tested it in my living room and it is adequate. Highly recommend this sleeping pad. You get what you pay for with this one.
I bought this sleep pad specifically for elk hunting camp. I've been a hammock guy for the past few years and have been spoiled with the comfort of being off the ground. I wanted to switch things up a bit this year and be more mobile, so I decided to try a sleep pad/bivy situation. This thing packs tiny, is lightweight (compared to my previous sleep system), and is the most comfortable pad I've ever tried. As others have mentioned, the pad is really fast and easy to inflate with about 3 full breaths of air into the inflate bag that comes with it. There's a tiny amount of crunch to the bag if you're tossing and turning at night, which I do, because sleeping on the ground just sucks anymore. However, this makes sleeping on the ground as comfortable as possible. So, you get the point, it's a great sleeping pad. It isn't cheep though, and on my first time using this thing, in the morning, I went to deflate the pad by pulling the release tab. Well, the release tab sure sits in there tightly. To make a long description short, I pulled the tab pretty hard and this thing tore open like a bag of potato chips. The entire bag was torn into and no chance of repairing it. Man was I disappointed! Fast forward to now, a week later, and NEMO has responded to my warranty claim and will be sending me a replacement pad at no charge. Now that's great customer service! I know FL has great service as well, but their return policy states that you should contact NEMO directly for the FirstLite x NEMO product line. I can tell you that NEMO also provides outstanding customer care and you can buy this gear with confidence. I hope this helps someone out there... The air-release tab sits in place very tightly, do yourself a favor and be extra gentle every time you use it.
I purchased this sleeping pad on a whim for an upcoming overnight shed hunting trip I had planned. Trusting that First Lite wouldn't sell an inferior product, I didn't do much research and pulled the trigger as I was in a time crunch. This was the first inflatable sleeping pad I had ever used and I am glad I chose this one! The first night the temps dipped down into the 20's and this sleeping pad, combined with 30 degree Nemo Bag, keep me toasty warm all night! The pump sack makes it easy to use and the material appears to be very durable. I have used it a few times since and am glad I made this purchase. I think I sleep better on this than I do my bed at home!
This is my first ultralight air pad (always used the foam/eggshell ones before), and I'm never going back! Packs super light and small, inflates super easy, and is legitimately the warmest thing I've ever slept on in the backcountry. First ran it on a cold, wet night in the AZ high desert (dipped into low 30s), and I could actually feel the heat of my legs reflecting back to me through my bag! I'm also primarily a side-sleeper, and foam pads would always have me tossing and turning all night while my shoulders and hips were getting pummeled. I'm a bigger guy, and could still lay on my side and not feel the ground in those high-pressure areas.
I would say it's just a tad on the small side for me (6'1" @ 210), but it's probably just an issue for us bigger folks. If I lie on my back, my torso stays on the pad, but my arms hang just over the sides (resulting, of course, in cold arms). Nothing I can't work around, and I'm typically on my side anyway, so it's pretty much a non-issue. Time will tell on durability, but so far it's holding up great!
awesome pad, easy to set up and the fill bag is great. Repels the cold ground from getting to you. rolls up into a very small roll so it is easy to carry and keep with you. makes all the difference from sleeping on the hard ground.
First off the air bag in with this thing is awesome. My old inflatable pad used to make me get close to passing out by the time I blew it up. This thing takes no effort and it inflates quick. For comfort it was perfect and on a tent floor in 20degree weather it kept me warm. It is my new go to.