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Friday, November 02, 2018

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Insulated Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad

With both kids in tow for a camping trip, it's insufficient to have just one parent around, especially when both are boys. So Xiaoqin had to go camping too. Since she didn't like our old air mattress, I had to look for something better. Something "glamping style". When it comes to luxury, I defer to Roberto, who knows far more about this sort of thing than I do. (All my camping gear is directed towards being carried on my bike or in my backpack --- everything has to be light and compact. Comfort is a secondary consideration: as Roberto will tell you, my solution to not being able to sleep enough is to add distance and elevation gain until you're tired enough to sleep --- or carry enough gear for your 6 year old so that when he sleeps you sleep too)

Roberto recommended the Exped MegaMat Duo. We went to a store and tried it. Xiaoqin thought it was OK. So I bought it.

The marketing literature claims the pad to be self-inflating. It's not. After a good 20 minutes of waiting it still looked half-inflated, so I attached the pump and pumped it. The pump sucks. You have to put your palm over the hole or air will leak out and your pumping effort is wasted. The inflation valve is such that you have to use the pump, so you can't attach say, the Coleman Quick Pump.

Once you've pumped it up, it's as comfortable as any mattress you can buy from Ikea. Of course, those don't roll up and deflate when done.

Well, this one doesn't quite deflate easily either. You have to undo the deflation valve, roll it up once, undo the roll, then fold it and roll it up again. And since I don't weigh as much as Roberto, I'd have to do that again! And even then the stuff sack won't quite fit it when done. Oh well. It's for car camping trips anyway.

The true test is whether my wife will voluntarily go camping again. But I guess even if she doesn't, it's still an upgrade over our old air mattress, so I guess it's recommended. But don't bother getting it out if you think you need to pack up in a hurry!

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