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
Rated 5 out of 5 by NYCMainer Life-changing blow-up mattress
I'm not quite kidding, in that having a blow-up mattress that is actually comfortable can open up all sorts of opportunities. We have used ours in our NYC apt for guests, visiting friends without enough beds, in hotel rooms where a family of 4 doesn't quite fit, etc. We did even take it camping once ... I recommend getting the extra large, because anyone can sleep on this, including a large grown man; one friend who is well over 6' tall spent several days on it and found it comfortable. We have two, and one did start to leak a bit, but LL Bean replaced it.
September 3, 2014