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.

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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.

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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.

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