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
Rated 4 out of 5 by BrBo Comfortable but...
This mattress inflates very easily with just a twist of a knob. It is very comfortable and seems high quality. It's almost like sleeping on a bed. I can roll it up and put it back in th bag without much trouble. It's not too bouncy.
The big negative is that it's too narrow. It's a little akward to sleep on because of the width. Sleeping on my back my arms rest on the ground. Sleeping on my side I feel like I might roll off. I'm 5'11" 195lbs. If the it was 5" wider it would be perfect! This seems to be the standard width or slightly wider than standard. This isn't a mattress you carry on your back while hiking so I think they should make a wider version. I would recommend it over other mattresses with the same dimensions. I tried a bunch out in the store.
August 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AndoverSue Most comfortable ever
I've tried everything outside of a full-on inflatable guest bed and this is the best. Slept great and not stiff in the morning. Initially over-inflated it--it works better for me with a bit less air. Probably too heavy to backpack with, but that doesn't seem to be the purpose anyway.
August 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NovaScotiaLLBeanFan most comfortable camp mattress I've tried
Purchased this to go along with the easy cot. The large size of this futon fits on it perfectly.
Well. What a comfortable sleep. I have back and neck stiffness and find even hard beds uncomfortable. This on the Easy Cot is fantastic. It's cushy and substantial.
We have two others from competitors' brands and they are not nearly as thick when inflated, nor as comfortable. This has nice features and has a nicer feel to it than the ones we already own. It also inflates very quickly. Easy to inflate and deflate.
The ONLY problem I have with it is it is impossible for us to get it back in the travel bag. We were able to roll it fairly small again, but just not small enough to get it back in the bag. And there is no Velcro strap like our other brands have to secure it in a roll. So I will now have to go buy one.
So LL Bean, that would be great - include a strap or make the bag slightly bigger.
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrSal it rocks on th rocks
I have now spent multiple nights on uneven ground with rocks even and slept better than I do it my house, I had a very high end sleeping pad but I had to blow it up..,,I felt hypoxic.
I watched this self in flate like magic, And it is truly comfortable, The only down side it is kinda heavy. But I am no spring chicken and this is the best matterss I've ever slept on..Other than the weight, this is the best sleeing pad I've ever tried.
July 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PilgrimInTheCity More comfortable than my bed!
Bedding was the weak point in my boyfriend's and my camping operation. After a couple failed air mattresses, camping pads that might as well not have been there at all, and too many mornings waking up stiff and on the ground, we gave in and invested in the extra large size of this self inflating mat. They are more comfortable than our beds. I can't say enough how amazing they are. They do not lose air. They are easy to inflate and deflate. The only issue we have is that the bags they came in are not really big enough to get them back into - I think LL Bean could improve significantly on the storage/carrying bag design - but it's worth it to sleep like a baby anywhere! Also great to have at the house for visitors. I have recommended this to everyone I know - you will not regret this purchase!
June 15, 2014