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REI Camp Bed 2.5

photo: REI Camp Bed 2.5 self-inflating sleeping pad



  • Comfort
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  • Packed size

This is the key to car/tent camping. I've got a Big Agnes mummy cut, insulation filled, backpacking pad, and it's great, but it has its purpose and it severely lacked the comfort that car camping demands :) Here enters the REI camp bed. 

It's thick, which has its pros and cons.  Obviously it's comfortable. It kind of has a spongy feel to it, really nice. But it also is thick even when rolled up and you really have to put some oomph into it to get it tight enough to repack in its stuff sack. And even compromised with the 2.5 over the 3.5. Glad we did. 

Both my wife and I love our camp beds and it's truly made tent camping survivable for my wife now. Which makes my life much easier ;)

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $90

Not bad as far as comfort. Better than nothing and better than a "foam" type pad.

Only problem is trying to deflate it to roll it, and get in back into the tote bag. I have one that fit into the tote bag and one is just wrapped up and a little larger than the other. I don't know if this one is defective, or what, but I tried 6 times to roll out the air but to no avail.

Frustrating when you are trying to get made up after camping and can't get stuff back the way it was before. They should make it easier to roll out the air.

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Reviewers Paid: $90.00
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