Outwell – Comfort 5cm self-inflating mattress

Bigger than a dog, but just as comfy

You might well be a lover of camping and leap under canvas at the first chance, but come on, admit it… camping mattresses don’t result in the best night’s sleep, do they?

I mean, if it’s not your shoulder going numb, or your hip aching, then its the ear-pricking squeaks every time you roll over which make it impossible to get a good kip.

And the problem is 10-fold worse when you’re sharing an airbed with someone. You end up undulating when they move and paralysed when you need a wee because you know you’ll have to wake them up as you shuffle into your shoes on the edge of your bouncy-castle bed.

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But, I’m ecstatic to say that my couple-camping life has changed recently with the addition of Outwell’s magnificent 5cm thick double-sized Comfort Mat. It has resulted, and I don’t say these words lightly, in the most comfortable night’s sleep I’ve ever had in a tent.

At 188cm long (6ft2), and 130cm wide (4ft3) it’s plenty big enough for two sleeping bags or even a double sheet and duvet – we’ve used both.

And it’s self-inflating, which means that all you need to do is unroll it, leave it for a few minutes (I always leave it a few hours) and then do up the two valves at the head-end. Et voila… that’s it. No noisy pump. No back-breaking inflation ritual with the sounds of humping donkeys. It’s easy-peasy.

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The underside of the mat is covered in non-slip dots which ensure that the mat doesn’t shoot off down your tent when you get up off it (mind you, you’d need a huge tent for a 6ft2 mattress to shoot off anywhere). And the topside is covered in a nice and quiet material so your sleeping bag doesn’t go “shhhhhh” every time you move.

This is definitely a car-camping product. Even packed down in the bag it comes with, it’s pretty enormous. It also weighs around 4Kg, so it’s not the kind of thing you could backpack with. Oh, and it’s not the easiest thing to compress. I just keep ours in the Velcro tie-wrap (supplied), and we’ve used it in the house when we’ve had unexpected guests – it’s certainly comfy enough for that.

SUMMARY: If you’re after a good night’s sleep on a double bed in a field somewhere, but can’t lug the Divan from home then this mat is a superb alternative. It truly is very, very comfortable. Downsides could be the packing size and weight, but I can see past that and appreciate that this is for those luxurious home-from-home camping breaks.

 Price: £65
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7 thoughts on “Outwell – Comfort 5cm self-inflating mattress

  • September 5, 2011 at 11:10 am
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    Hass Muzz tried this? Reason I’m asking is as to the best of my knowledge he is like me an airbed type. I cant get on with camping mats I just dont find them comfrotable, so would be interested to know what he thinks as well

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  • September 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
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    I haven’t, no. But you’re right – I like my sleeping equipment like I like my women. Big and bouncy*.
    I’ll be seeing Andy this weekend though, so I’ll be sure to give his mat a test flight… if he lets me.

    * Sorry Mrs Muz. Joke. Please don’t hit me again.

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  • September 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm
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    Bonners – I never found mats comfortable until I tried layering them: result – most comfortable camping ever!

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  • April 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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    Bought this for a camping trip whilst 5 months pregnant and I must say, it the most comfortably I have ever (EVER!) slept whilst camping. Best £65 I have ever spent.

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      • April 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm
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        Ha ha ha…a gift from a techie pal who set up my first ever e-mail account…he asked what I wanted to be known as and I said “You choose”….strangely, it stuck!

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  • August 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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    I got one of these following this review, I camp a lot and have done for years.
    It is, without doubt, a superb bit of kit. Genuinely comfortable and a good nights sleep.
    Highly recommended.
    Bit big for packing on a bike, but fits nicely in the sidecar.
    Thanks Gearweare!

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