Rated 5 out of 5 by o0MS0o Amazing for what it is
I just received the mattress and have only inflated and laid down on it. I have yet to sleep all night using it. First impressions are that the material is durable and non-slip. If you wanted you could use two of these atop one another without slippage or noise from the material interacting. The product seems to be very well-made. The gray side feels similar to fine suede. There is no detectible odor. The material also feels like thick rubber than a vinyl or plastic. Maybe rubber and heavy cloth is a closer description of how it feels to me. The air valve design is decent and effective. The valve works with a combination of push/pull/turn so less of a chance that it will come loose while sleeping. I have had a simple turn-only style loosen and leak air. I can see this being more effective.
The mattress self-inflated easily after unrolling. But you are instructed to self-inflate 30 minutes then blow some air through the valve before using the first time. You can use it at that point but they suggest leaving it inflated for the first 24hrs. It has been rolled for a while since being packed for sale distribution.
As for comfort, it is capable of providing adequate padding. I was amazed at how relaxing it was to lie on it the first time. I think you have to remain aware that this is an air mattress and it will never match what a regular box spring & mattress can do. With that in mind you should take precautions when leaning on an elbow or resting your weight on a hip while adjusting your position lying down. You will bottom out as there is only going to be so much material between the ground and your body.
IMO this behaves more like an air mattress than a futon. With the majority your weight on a single point all air will be displaced and you will only have the outer material to pad you. But when resting 99% of the time this will not be a problem. Also characteristic of an air mattress is the way air displaces. You know you are on an air mattress. It has a certain immediate pressure against your body and a certain bouncy character unlike a pad that is much slower to respond to your weight and is cushioning rather than bouncy. Of course the density of the pad will have a factor in the cushioning effect but the main point is that there is a difference between a cushion and an air mattress. Expect this to feel and behave like an air mattress (which it is) and not a pad, pillow, bed mattress or futon.
Aside from this you have the benefit of it rolling up compactly. It takes special care to get it to its original and most compact state. You fold it, push out most of the air, then close the valves unfold it, roll it about 3/4 then open the vales and finish rolling then close the vales. It is worth it if you need it compact. It is going to give you more time all around if you transport it with more air left inside.
It is relatively heavy so it is a car camping mattress not for back packing.
All in all it warrants 5 stars and once I have slept on it overnight I will update if there is anything worth mentioning.
March 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by cuddles1 Great Find
This camping futon is the best. Very comfortable
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SierraTroutScout Best pad I've ever used!
I've had this pad now for about 3 or 4 years and have spent over 60 nights on it. I've been camping all my life (53 now) and have never slept so well while camping. It's never leaked a bit, even when set up for days at a time. It's thick enough that I don't hit the ground even though I sleep much of the time on my side. I have the larger one and it's perfect for my 6'2" 230lb body.
I was looking for a new pad for backpacking when I saw some reviews on this one. The only negatives seem to be related to rolling it back up. I guess I never read the instructions because I never new about rolling it up a couple times to get all the air out. But the first time I put it away I did find that it wasn't tight enough to fit in its bag so I did it again and rolled it up tight and put a knee or two on it as I rolled. That worked fine so that's just the way I've done it ever since. You do need to make an effort to keep it pretty tight but that's never been an issue.
Bottom line ... if I needed another pad I'd order the same one again in a heartbeat!
Another tip if you get one: because it's fairly thick, the internal foam that helps it self-inflate takes a while it's been stored for a while. To save some breaths when topping it off I just make it the first thing I get out when setting up camp. I unroll it, open the two valves and set it aside and then just top it off with a few breaths when I'm about to hit the sack.
Lastly, i wouldn't recommend it for backpacking because its too big and too heavy but for everything else it's plush.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DixieA1dog Camp Fouton
Unlike any "air mattress" anywhere. Very comfortable, easy to adjust air for comfort level. Not quite self inflating but little effort required to inflate to desired comfort level. Easy to deflate and store in bag. Absolutely the quality one would expect from L.L. Bean.
Recommend for general camping, I would say a little heavy for back packing.
November 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Csrl comfortable
An excellent choice and very comfortable to sleep on.
November 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Activemarriedfemale Awesomely comfortable and reasonably priced.
Took this on a 3 night camping trip. Had tried it out at home and knew it would be very comfortable. Every night I actually looked forward to going to sleep, thinking about my comfortable bed. I brought a fleece blanket to spread on top of it for extra warmth and luxury, and to protect the futon fabric, though of course I used a sleeping bag as well. Temperatures were 35 - 40 degrees at night. I was toasty and utterly cushioned from the ground. It self inflated, and then I added a few breaths for firmness. To stow, you must roll according to directions in pouch - valves open, roll once, close valves, roll again opening valves toward the end to let out more air. I then closed the valves and rolled a third time, opening valves toward the end and then finally closing them to stow in sack. Fit easily. No big deal to do this. Read all instructions.
Get the extra large with the 30" width (the large is only 25"). It's an obvious choice. Don't even think about it.
These are more stable and less slippery to sleep on than a basic air mattress, definitely more insulated from the ground (air mattresses are COLD in 35 - 40 degrees). Treat yourself...
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MainerDisplaced Great Pad! Extremely Comfortable!!
We ordered two of the large/long pads which would fit our tent perfectly in combination with a regular and long sleeping bag. We used them this week in the Shenandoah Nat'l Park staying at Loft Mtn. The amount of padding was perfect to keep us very comfortable from the ground, rocks and the stray tree root. After reading the reviews some noted the challenges of "deflating" and sticking back in bag. Some suggestions: use the bag at home first takes about an hour the first time inflation; roll on it a bit with the valves closed; open valves and allow to inflate more. We did this with the first bag and it inflated a lot more than the second pad - which we didnot "inflate fully" til the second night of camping. When deflating - the trick is to roll it tightly which may involve using both hands and maybe kneeling on the roll; roll up close valves; unroll; roll up tighter again til just about the end and then open the valves to get the last bit of air out - it then is slides perfectly into the bag without ANY effort - that is what worked for us. A bit heavy if you are going back country trail hiking but for light camping - small car and a short walk into a campsite (not a 10miler) it is an awesome pad and we could not have been more pleased...to awake without any pains or stiffness associated with previous pads. Great combination of foam and air.
September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KaeB Super Comfortable
Spent a week camping on the rocky coast of Maine. No aches and pains like I usually have sleeping on the "ground". Might even be more comfortable than my bed!!! Husband has used it for 2 weeks this summer. Absolutely no aches or pains.
September 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ddsib comfortable but difficult
This is a plush, comfortable mattress. As stated in other reviews, it is extremely difficult to deflate and even more difficult to fit into storage bag. Must be rolled up with blue side/slick side out so it will slide into bag.
I am not sure I will keep it.
September 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Melracey This Pad Rocks
I borrowed one from a friend last summer and it delivered on it's job so well!! I don't sleep easily on the ground or out of my own bed anymore like I used to. I used to be an Outward Bound instructor and sleep on a sliver of a thermarest but not anymore. I ended up on a long thermarest this summer and it was awful!!! This pad is the pad for you if you don't sleep well in uncomfortable situations and you NEED your sleep! It's so thick that it can be put on uneven ground, roots, etc and you won't feel it. It is big so be advised! Not a backpacking pad.
September 3, 2014