The only drawback for long-time devotees of the All Star-Awarded Therm-a-Rest NeoAir has been that the remarkable sleeping pad didn’t have a seat kit. To resolve this great inequity, Therm-a-Rest looked to an unexpected source of inspiration: drums. Partially inflate the pad, roll it up, and then pull the Jembe seat cover over the top and bottom—Viola! A seat that looks like the drums from West Africa. With very little effort one tester was able to get the seat assembled—the adjustable straps help with logistics. Once we blew in a bit extra air, the drum-chair was a great alternative to sitting on a rock, log, or wet ground. It’s a bit wobbly, but far more stable than a semi -inflated exercise ball. We will admit that, after a full day of hiking, we missed having back support. After an hour of balancing, one tester abandoned his chair to sprawl out in front of the fire. Then his Jembe was repurposed as an impromptu side table, holding a lantern till it was time to unroll the pad and go to sleep.
Note: we tested the original Jembe. The deluxe version boasts more durable fabric to protect the pad against rough terrain and slight padding at the top of the seat for added comfort and stability.
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