My wife Linda and I stopped tenting years ago. We enjoy being pampered now, and our travel column gives us that opportunity from coastal inns to north woods sporting camps. But all of our children and grandchildren enjoy tenting and camping, so I arranged for son Josh to receive the SoundAsleep Camping Series air mattress, a low rise inflatable mattress.
And – as you will see in this report from Josh – he and his wife Kelly and 2-year-old daughter Ada loved it.
Tenting out had become a distant memory for my growing family. With a two-year old and another child on the way, my wife and I hadn’t been camping since becoming parents. As an outdoor enthusiast, I always thought I would go camping with my children, as I had as a kid with my parents. Maybe if the whole prospect was just a little easier, I thought to myself.
Enter the SoundAsleep Camping Air Mattress.
My wife hadn’t done much tenting growing up so a night feeling every root and piece of gravel always took a little selling. Sure enough, she jumped at the idea of upgrading from our thin blow-up pads to a quality air mattress this summer.
We were immediately impressed how compact and well-packed the mattress was… not an insignificant factor now that our vehicles are always packed to the brim on even the shortest of trips. I was also relieved to see I would not lose the instructions: these easy to follow steps are printed right on the side of the bed.
The external electric pump appears to hold a charge well and does come with a car charger adapter. Anyways, the pump goes about the job in a hurry. Two minutes by my count (and even quicker when un-inflating).
The bed itself is very comfortable and will easily sleep our family of four. My daughter confirmed as much by quickly scrambling up to test it out with my wife and I.
The material has some elasticity to it, which obviously will help improve its durability during outdoor use. I also like the balance struck between comfort and size — air mattresses with super-sized height simply won’t fit in our compact family tent.
Then everything packed right back up into the carry bag the same way it came out. It isn’t heavy and in actuality will take up far less space than our old camping pads.
Now all that is left to do is plan this summer’s camping trip!
Our review of the Sound Asleep air mattress is produced in cooperation with 3 beds.com, a website that tests and rates airbeds and pads.
And here’s what SoundAsleep told us about the product:
Material Used – flocked blue top (the company claims the material to be puncture and water-resistant)
Coil Design – the company named the inner design I-Beam air coils and goes on to say it’s designed for better durability
Size – 78X60X9 inches
Pump – external battery operated, inflation/deflation in less than 3 minutes
1 year limited warranty
Color – blue top, beige sides