Aerobed – Active Dual Zone airbed

I am a big fan of airbeds – double airbeds to be precise. They aren’t always the most reliable things, but when they work, they work well! We’ve tried various versions over the years, including offerings from Coleman and Outwell, and always end up returning to the trusty ‘Argos red & blue airbed’ – the only variety that seems to not go soft overnight, needs the minimum of topping up during a holiday, and lasts for multiple trips over a couple of years.

Read more

Pacific Outdoor – Peak Elite AC Sleeping Mat

I tend to sleep right on through, regardless of temperature, but the first thing to become immediately clear on the first night was that this mat doesn’t offer a great deal of width either side of the body when you’re lying down. With restless sleepers in mind, Pacific Outdoor will tell you that the oversized outside tubes are designed to cradle you throughout the night; to my amazement, I guess this must be true because I actually didn’t slip off at all once settled down.

Read more

Aerobed – Pakmat Airbed Mattress

The first thing you notice is that, unlike any other mattress, the Pakmat is packaged in a sturdy plastic tube with an enormous green handle on it. It’s like an elaborate Coke bottle carrier and makes the whole thing seem rather industrial. But separating the tube it becomes evident that the Pakmat inside is actually no bigger (when compressed) than a full size self-inflating mattress.

Read more

Vango – 4-Leg Campbed

A bit of a subjective one this, but I prefer sleeping on a campbed to a self-inflating mattress. In winter you’ll need to sleep ON a blanket, mattress or sleeping bag to insulate against the rising cold. In summer though, it’s cooler than an airbed. The weight is a factor which counts heavily against this being a trekking product, and forget a romantic weekend away (get a double airbed for that). But… as a sleep solution, it’s pretty impressive.

Read more

Aerobed Explorer

The Aerobed Explorer is an effort-saving, time-saving, better built and longer-lasting alternative to traditional airbeds. It’s expensive, but as an investment probably worth it. However, it isn’t really suitable for trail, so think of it more as a camping-with-transport solution to a good night’s sleep. Consider the double if you ever plan to share a 2/3-man tent with anyone else, because with the single you can’t.

Read more