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Old 04-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Question The Best Air Mattress?

I'm going camping the first weekend of June, and I have the incredible good fortune of doing so with the most amazing woman I've ever met.

For this outing, I would like a new air mattress, one that is comfortable, durable, and most importantly, does NOT go FLAT overnight like the one I have now.

Got any experience with a brand of air mattress satisfying the above criteria? Please enlighten me.

You probably shouldn't bother if Coleman is what you have in mind: that's what I've got now & it leaked out of the box.

Anyway, thanks, & remember-- this is important shit here: I'm past my prime with a receding hairline and failing memory & I've somehow attracted a sweet, intelligent, funny brunette who is beautiful to the point of messing up my respiration. Important, I say.

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Old 04-28-2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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I have three Thermarest's of various sizes and thickness. they work great
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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Are you looking a full size air mattress or a sleeping pad for sleeping bags?

Car or bike camping?

Generally an "air mattress" wont be insulated and can leave your backside being cold when camping on the ground, something most girls don't like...


If money isn't a big issue and you want to have super comfy and WARM night camping then making an investment in a Big Agnes sleeping system is what I would do for such a special lady. Forget a cheap air mattress. You only live once and women like to have us poor souls pay close attention to their comfort. ( and we like to get them zipped into a big bag with us)
Can always sell it if it doesn't work out.... but having one big sleeping bag with one big insulated sleeping pad made by a company who's well earned slogan is "Mother of Comfort" seems ideal. Perfect comfort while sleeping is a given with this setup, the rest will be up to you...
BA is hands down the most comfy setup I've tried, hundreds of night in them, the pad slides into a sleeve in the bag making one complete unit, no sliding off the pad throughout the night, no cold drafts coming in, etc.
You want her to want to be in the bag. lol

Their Double Wide bags for two people have the same features that make BA great, but with plenbty of room for two makes for a great night under the stars.
I've used/borrowed a BA doublewide for two before, good stuff.


Pick one based on needs and budget, the down bags will pack small enough to fit in a large duffel bag on the back of a bike, you'd be pushing it to pack one of the synthetic bags on a bike but they are much cheaper.
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Pr.../Bag/filters/7


Then you need a BA 50" pad to go with it.

https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Pad/Hinman




Good luck with this important shit!!!!



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Old 04-28-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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You, sir, are a life saver!

Yeah, I got caught up in the moment & forgot to mention it was for car camping.

I'll look at BA, but meanwhile keep 'em coming!

Thanks, guys.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #6
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Exped Megamat
http://www.rei.com/product/812005/ex...0-sleeping-pad

http://www.amazon.com/Exped-MegaMat-...ews/B0047BTUEK

Couple of YouTube videos available.

Similar product from Thermarest
http://www.rei.com/product/848570/th...m-sleeping-pad


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Old 04-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #7
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If you expect temps 40deg or lower one of the insulated sleeping pads is the difference between waking up from cold and sleeping thru the night. I have an Exped SynMat 9 UL in the big/tall size and slept wonderfully last weekend @ 31degs. If weight is no concern the regular SynMat 9 is cheaper/more durable. I'm a side sleeper and the 3.5" thickness works better for me than a Thermarest. Big Agnes makes a comparable product. My research pointed to a lot of experienced guys moving to these products.

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Old 04-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #8
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Big Agnes? Thermarest? What you guys smokin?

Everybody knows the Exped is the top dog in this category.

I been using my Exped Downmat 9 with my Big Agnes down bag for the last 4 seasons--this is livin!

Of course, I'm an old fat FF'er now so I need my comfort. But back when I was young and tough the Thermarest was fine. But those days are gone.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:16 PM   #9
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Big Agnes? Thermarest? What you guys smokin?

Everybody knows the Exped is the top dog in this category.

I been using my Exped Downmat 9 with my Big Agnes down bag for the last 4 seasons--this is livin!

Of course, I'm an old fat FF'er now so I need my comfort. But back when I was young and tough the Thermarest was fine. But those days are gone.
BA bag and Exped Synmat or Downmat have been my go to gear for the past several years,but for base camping the Megatmat I mentioned above tops the Downmat.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:00 PM   #10
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EXPED is the one.

I vote for EXPED all the way. I've tried, Thermarest and BA, and a half a dozen others. Have a great time with the new lady camping !
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:08 AM   #11
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I just spent about an hour & a half on the BA website & ended up ordering one of their doublewide bags (don't remember which one) & a Hinman pad. She's new to camping, is enthusiastic about it, and I think this combo will work out pretty well.

Thanks for all the info & good wishes, & I'll update this thread with an informal review (of the sleeping bag & pad).
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:22 PM   #12
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My wife and I have been very happy with REI brand synthetic fill bags that zip together and Thermarest pads for backpacking. Synthetic fill has better properties when wet, and can pack almost as small as down with a decent compression sack, plus is cheaper.

That said, I am very interested in the Big Agnes sleep systems. They have (I think) 4.5" insulated backpacking pads that slip into the sleeves on their bags that can zip together.

I would skip the two person bags since the versatility of two separate bags that can still zip together strikes me as useful.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:30 PM   #13
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I lugged and threw around a Coleman twin sized air mattress all over Canada, AK, and the Western US for 2 months; held up great. No leaks or punctures. Be sure to carry a spare set of batteries for the pump.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:14 AM   #14
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I use the twin size Walmart air mattress which is similar to the Coleman, about 8 inches thick. Super comfortable and only $12. I inflate it with a tiny 12V impeller type pump that plugs into the 12V outlet on the bike.


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I lugged and threw around a Coleman twin sized air mattress all over Canada, AK, and the Western US for 2 months; held up great. No leaks or punctures. Be sure to carry a spare set of batteries for the pump.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:56 AM   #15
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Big Agnes is what i use. It's comfortable and packs down extremely small.
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