Sleeping Pad vs Air Mattress

Discussion in 'Camping Gear' started by ExplorerTom, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Wyatt

    Wyatt Active Member

    Is it just me or does that look like a bunch or carrots wrapped in tin foil.
  2. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Moderator

    Its just you....
  3. Keldeo

    Keldeo New Member

    Most common are the raised type, even though air mattresses come in different heights or thickness.These are definitely normally similar height on the normal bed. The raised type is an inflatable mattress adjoined to the own platform, which was created to keep users beyond the floor and providea much more traditional experience, in addition to makes a lot easierhaving access to getting out and in. The slight disadvantage is a consequence of its size, it woulduse upmore roomas compared to the alternatives when packed away for storage.
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  4. Brad

    Brad Administrator

    Sales troll?
  5. jerdog53

    jerdog53 Moderator

    Sounds like it...
  6. Swank1975

    Swank1975 Member

    Myself being a bigger guy have never had good luck with pads or air mattresses. I did however raft the Grand Canyon and for 20 nights I slept on a PACO pad on top of a wal mart cot which is a self inflating pad made of raft material. This thing was stout and comfortable for many night's sleep. These things are super tough. You could just roll it up and strap it to a roof rack.
  7. OverWhere?

    OverWhere? New Member

  8. Warnertew

    Warnertew New Member

    Definitely an air mattress is going to let the cold air get to you. We use double-height air mattresses due to bad backs and my hubbys bad knee, and we often wake up a little stiff due to the cold air. Weve learned to line our sleeping bags with fleece, and even layer a fleece blanket between the sleeping bag and the air mattress to add extra insulation.

    If you want to keep the tent floor extra toasty for your dogs, try getting a piece of Tyvek house-wrap to place underneath, helps keep the chill out.

  9. ExplorerTom

    ExplorerTom Well-Known Member

    A little update from my experience: I went with cots. They get you up off the ground completely. I can still throw a sleeping pad on it when it’s cold. And I have wool blankets from ATC for when it’s really cold.

    The cots are also nice in that it allows for someplace to sit. And gear can be stored under the cot so the floor space isn’t as used up as it would be with just sleeping pads or mattresses.

    I’ve also resorted to filling a Nalgene bottle with boiling water, wrapping it in a towel and putting that inside the sleeping bag. Surprisingly, it stays warm all night.

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