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Postby Nimblybimbly » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:13 am

I know this is probably offensive and outlandish to many, but does anyone pack a full or queen size inflatable mattress and electric pump?

I use it car camping and I think I'm gonna try packing it on a hike (it will add about 10lbs). I sure will be a little embarrassed to create noise with the electric pump (battery holds charge for 24hrs)

I know this is taboo but curious if anyone does it?



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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:37 am

I was gonna say that's going to be a long extension cord until you mentioned batteries. Never seen or heard of it, but do your own thing, hike your own hike, etc. As you mentioned, be aware of the needs of others and make sure you blow it up far away from them so you don't disturb their wilderness experience.

These things usually come in a stuff sack so put it in your pack and start walking.
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:57 am

I sleep on one when I do my geology car camping trips and I must say it is as comfortable my regular bed at home (which is to say very comfortable), so I can certainly see why you are considering putting up with extra weight (for the mattress and pump) for some backpacking trips.

When I was younger the comfort level afforded by backpacking type lightweight pads or mattresses was more than sufficient, but as I get older, I find the car camping heavy inflatable mattress is much nicer to my back and other aching body parts. If I was going on a backpacking trip solo and it wasn't a really hard hike, I myself would be inclined to take one of those mattresses, because I would consider the extra weight and space worth it. The only caveat is to note that you need a reasonably large 2 person tent even for the twin size model. Some of the ultra small 2 person tents (ie whose "2 person" dimensions are predicated on what seems to be a "spoon left" or "spoon right" model) will be too small. One person tents are almost certainly too small. When I car camp (and this would apply if I were solo backpacking) I take a spacious 2-person tent, so my mattress fits in nicely with a bit of extra room to fit other gear and overnight stuff.

This in fact giving me an idea. I plan to go on a fairly easy backpacking trip with my daughter later in the month or early next. Perhaps I will in fact pack two twins.
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:58 am

A 24-hour charge will make this an option for an overnight trip, two days at the most. Luxurious sleeping pads that would be about as good are available for about $150 at about 2 pounds or less (single person pad- they come in extra wide if you are a big person). Yes, some $$, but would be suitable for all kinds of trips. Most have a small hand pump so you do not have to blow them up.

Have you tried your queen mattress inside your backpack tent? It may be so thick that the reduced head room may make being in the tent less pleasant.

Perhaps a small bicycle pump would weigh less than those batteries? You did not state what the mattress weighed vs. the batteries.
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby Nimblybimbly » Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:19 am

I only have one tent, a Coleman 3 person and the mattress is a full. The tent compresses down about the size of a fire log and I put the poles on the outside of the pack.the mattress rolls up to the size of a non backpacking sleeping bag.

I do feel guilty about the electric pump but it only takes about 30 seconds to fill up.

I wouldn't bring any of this stuff for more than 2-4 miles.

Eventually I'll buy true backpacking gear, but I just love the air mattress.

What is all your opinion or knowledge of the best roll up self inflating sleeping pad out there now regardless of price?

Thanks a lot
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:01 am

What is all your opinion or knowledge of the best roll up self inflating sleeping pad out there now regardless of price?

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/ca ... eeping-pad

When you have made a decision: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=11017 ;)
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby oldranger » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:44 am

Ah Maverick, he asked about self inflating not blow up!
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:17 pm

OR wrote:
Ah Maverick, he asked about self inflating not blow up!


3 of the 21 that made the list are self inflating.
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby Tom_H » Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:33 pm

For decades I used only a thin torso sized ensolite pad and thin ground cloth. As I got older and my sleep apnea became worse, I could not get any air at all when sleeping on my back without my CPAP machine. Sleeping on my side, I was able to get a little air and a little sleep, but my spine was thrown out of alignment, giving me excruciating back pain. I started carrying the biggest Therm-A-Rest self inflating pad and a couple of inflatable pillows to keep my head at the right height. That worked for a couple of summers. I then had to go to an 8" thick old style camping air mattress and a foot-pump. That got me a couple more summers. I traded that weight by going super ultra-lite on all my other gear. Finally, my back hurt too much and I had to hang up my boots.

As for taboo, as long as you are not impacting the environment, nor putting yourself or others at risk, you should carry the gear that meets your needs. I would recommend weighing the tradeoffs of weight vs. the advantages something provides to you personally. But in the end, it's your decision to make and your weight to carry if you so choose.
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Re: Blow up mattress

Postby Nimblybimbly » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:05 pm

What causes your sleep apnea?
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