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NEMO Tensor – Sleeping Pad Review

NEMO Tensor – Sleeping Pad Review

Sweet Dreams are Guaranteed with The New NEMO Tensor Sleeping Pads

A good night’s sleep under the stars can literally be the difference between a magical experience or a complete nightmare.

The outdoor equipment experts Nemo have done it again with another fantastic product, the Tensor sleeping pad, is a serious contender that rivals all of its competitors. 

The Nemo Tensor range comes in five different shapes and sizes, both insulated and standard versions. Each pad has been carefully developed to save both packing space and weight, resulting in a high-performance sleeping pad.

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Say goodbye to restless nights with the Nemo Tensor insulated sleeping pad Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Features

Thermal Mirror™

The NEMO Tensor range comes complete with a metalised film layer that provides insulation in both hot and cold conditions while maintaining an ethereal weight and eliminating noise when you shift around at night. Yay! No more sounding like a human crisp packet. The insulated versions of Tensor™ add an additonal layer of Primaloft® for even more warmth when the ground is cold.

Spaceframe™ Baffles

Nemo’s trademarked Spaceframe baffles (die-cut trusses of low-stretch fabric) eliminate the bounce found in competitor pads creating a more stable sleeping surface and is better for rolling side-to-side and for keeping your elbows from poking through to the ground when propped up reading.

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NEMO Tensor sleeping pads. Standard version.
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NEMO Tensor sleeping pads. Insulated version with the thermal mirror sheeting at the bottom of the pad.

Pad Thickness & Size

The Nemo Tensor sleeping pad boasts 3 inches of super comfy thickness. Even when lying on my side, my hip bones were well away from the ground. This is key to a good nights sleep if you’re a side sleeper like myself.

I’m 6’1″ and I had plenty of room on the pad, which was the Long version. Luckily there are enough length and shape options to suit most body types.

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3 inches of stable, cushioned loft. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
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Size comparison between the Nemo Tensor and the Thermarest NEO Air. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
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The Nemo Tensor has a good platform for most body widths and lengths. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Micro Adjustable Valve

The Nemo Tensor comes with a push and twist valve which helps to reduce air escaping between breaths, making it hassle-free when blowing up. The valve also allows you to easily fine-tune the sleeping pad’s pressure for a perfect night’s sleep.

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The push and twist valve makes blowing up a breeze. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Packed Size

Thanks to the most advanced materials available, combined with unique construction techniques result in a packed sleeping pad size that will almost shrink down and disappear in your pack. This makes the Nemo Tensor ideal for multi-day hikes where you need to keep your pack size down but still have a good nights sleep.

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The NEMO Tensor sleeping pad has a small packed size.

Out On The Trails

I have been using the Nemo Tensor sleeping pad for several months and I have to admit, it has now replaced my trusty Thermarest Neo Air (Sorry Neo). The insulated version has been noticeably warmer during the colder months. It’s hard to say how much it actually raises the temperature, but it’s enough to feel the difference and provide a better nights sleep, which is what it’s all about.

The thickness of the Nemo Tensor is up there as one of the best on the market and best of all, it’s virtually silent when rolling around. Trust me, your tent partner and neighbours will be thankful for that.

Fine tuning the air at night to adjust comfort levels is super-easy with the valve and in general, I have experienced less roll due to the baffle design. The platform seems much more stable than other pads I’ve used. All of this combines into a better night sleep. And for that, I give it a big thumbs up!

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Due to its durable materials, the Nemo Tensor doesn’t always have to be in the tent. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon
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A good nights sleep can be the difference between an enjoyable hiking experience or a hellish one. The sleeping pad you choose plays a crucial part in this. Photo: ©Richard McGibbon

Specifications Key Features

  • 3 inches of stable, cushioned 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 fabrics shave grams for a minimal pack size and weight. Suspended Thermal Mirror™ metalized film provides quiet insulation.
  • Insulated models are lined with Primaloft® synthetic insulation for additional warmth.
  • Micro-adjust valve for customized control over your inflation.
  • A wide range of sizes for an exacting bag and tent pairing.
  • Minimum Weight: 14.5 oz / 410 g
  • Minimum Temp.: Zone 15 to 25F / -9 to -4C
  • Size/Shapes: Short Mummy, Regular Mummy, Regular Wide, Wide, Long Wide

What’s Included:

  • Compression strap
  • Repair kit
  • Drawstring stuff sack

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Where to Buy / Price

Available nationally. For more information or to find your closest dealer visit www.outdooragencies.com.au

Prices range from: $169.95 – $279.95


Conclusions

  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Weight - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Packed Size - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Warmth - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Inflate/Deflate - 9/10
8.7/10

Summary

If you’re in the market for a new sleeping pad or your very first one, you can’t get much better than the Nemo Tensor. The Tensor is a fantastic lightweight sleeping pad with a good range of sizes to choose from plus the option of the regular or warmer insulated version.

The technology used in the fabrics and the construction provide a stable base to prevent roll and unnecessary spring and best of all, it’s a virtually noise-free pad. No more sounding like you’re sleeping on a crisp packet.

The weight and pack size make it ideal for longer multi-day hikes but it’s equally comfortable for those single overnight uses. It’s a pad that you can use for all of your hiking needs.

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9/10 (1 vote)
Jason Lorch

Author: Jason Lorch

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

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