If you're looking for a do-it-all pad, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Venture is a great pick, especially if you prioritize a great night's sleep over carrying the lightest pack possible. It isn't the lightest pad in the review, but it is one of the most comfortable. Add in the fact that it is one of the least expensive and you can understand why it won our Best Buy Award!
The latest NeoAir Venture is donning a new hue; grasshopper green. Therm-a-Rest has also doubled back to the original name, dropping the WV (which was added in 2015) from the title. While the luminous green version reflects the most recently manufactured product, Therm-a-Rest assured us that no other changes were made aside from the color and name. Scroll down to see a more detailed summary of the update.
Our testers likened the Venture to the Nemo Astro Insulated but overall they liked the Venture better because it is more comfortable, weighs less, and is $50 cheaper. For ultralight backpacking, this pad's performance pales in comparison to more expensive pads like the Top Pick for Ultralight Backpacking Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite that is 8 ounces lighter and nearly twice as warm. If you are looking for just one pad for both car camping and backpacking, the Best Buy winning Venture is tough to beat given its high level of comfort and durability.
That said, if you really want a comfortable sleeping pad for car camping we urge you to consider one of the products compared in our Camping Mattress Review.