The Best Air Mattress?

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  1. Nailhead

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    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. :raabia

    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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  2. siyeh

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    I have three Thermarest's of various sizes and thickness. they work great
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  3. Lost Roadie

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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. :feelgood
    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/ProductFinder/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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  4. Nailhead

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    You, sir, are a life saver! :clap

    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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  5. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    +1 on Theromrest .
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  6. JR356

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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.

    Have fun!



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  8. DRONE

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    Big Agnes? Thermarest? What you guys smokin? :huh

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

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

    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. :cry
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  9. JR356

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    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.

    JR356
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  10. wilson

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    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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  11. Nailhead

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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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  12. KungPaoDog

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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" :eek1 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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  13. TeneRay

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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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  14. hugemoth

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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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  15. homme de fer

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    Big Agnes is what i use. It's comfortable and packs down extremely small.
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  16. rgoers

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    Car camping...??? You could bring a queen size pillow-top and box spring along, if you have a big enough car. :evil

    +1 on the camping pads. Sounds like the setup you ordered will be perfect.
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  17. Peirre O`Bollox

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    I doubt any air filled mattress will be up to the job :evil
    As I figure after a night of passion under the stars, any air filled mattress will be well & truly flattened :evil
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  18. Nailhead

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    I used to camp in an old army ambulance with a queen-sized futon in the back. It worked rather well, but that truck is long gone, along with my desire to dawdle along in such a noisy, dusty, gas-swilling chick repeller.
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  20. Jim K.

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    If you are looking for the best, the Nemo Cosmo insulated series, reg. or wide. They pack small, blow up with their own on board pump, have a expanded "pillow" tube at the top, & are insulated for warmth.They also dump the air easily when folding them up again.

    If you are looking for a bargain, definitely NOT the Nemo.....the best costs.(big time!)
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