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1. Posted by gordenbutl (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hi,
My family will have a travel this summer, just found this -snip-, will it be useful for us?

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Where are you going to? And will you be camping or not?

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jul-2009, at 01:14 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by gordenbutl (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Emm... don,t have detailed plan now, but i would like camping!

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Wouldn't take an air mattress like the one you linked.

They can be ok, I saw several people using them at camping sites.

But these things are not very good at keeping air in (easy to puncture), also the air can circle freely from the cold ground to the top where you sleep. This means a low R-value and it causes a cold bum, cold kidneys and if the missus is prone to it a potential bladder infection. (And there goes the holiday fun for you.) You'd need extra insulation to solve the problem with the the low R-value.

My parents had an airmattress similar to the one you linked, it went back to the shop after the first night I tried it. I sank in too deep at the hip and my head stayed up too high. My bum hurt from touching the living room carpet all night and my back and neck was cranked from sleeping at an odd angle.

If you are going to get one like that, get one that is not very high. Also double check prices, 85 USD is quite a lot for such a thing. My parents paid 29 EUR (45 USD) for theirs, they got it during a sale at a store in Germany that was similar to Walmart in the USA.

Check www.rei.com for ideas:

http://www.rei.com/category/4500026
http://www.rei.com/category/4500036

Since I am not a car camper I prefer the less bulky and much lighter self-inflating pads over the airmattresses. The therm-a-rest mattresses might look terribly thin to you, but using the slightly thicker version with I find them comfortable enough. (I also like to sleep on mattresses in beds that are not too soft, you might be different.) These insulated sleeping pads usually have a high R-value, so no cold bum even if you are forced to sleep on snow.

Rei even got such a self-inflating pad for comfort-loving car campers, see REI Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Pad - X-Large.

5. Posted by chrisvasil (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y

We used Thermorest.

They are small, easy to inflate, and very warm in cold weather.