The first thing to remember is that this is not an inflatable mattress of the sort guests sleep on when they come to stay. This is very much designed for camping and field use and would not be well suited for use at home. The pad arrived inside a sealed plastic bag with no external product box or labelling. Inside was the pad itself within a drawstring carry bag also included was a separate bag containing what seemed to be four small paper instructions sheets for applying patches. Possibly the paper sheets are themselves the patches but there are no instructions included to make this clear.
The pad itself fits nicely into the carry bag and it can be extricated fairly easily. The pad has a number of inflatable cells within in and when fully inflated is 188 x 57.5 x5cm. It made from a fairly thin but apparently robust soft ripstop nylon fabric and seems well made. It has a one-way valve on the top to inflate it and although it is designed to be inflated by mouth it has a nipple thing inside that may mean it can be blown up with a pump. I am not so sure about the claim of just ten to fifteen breaths needed to inflate it but certainly, it did not take too much time or effort to get it reasonably hard. The one-way valve works well with no blowback when taking breaths. Once inflated it can be seen that the pad is long but not very wide and thick enough to give some padding and protection but not much luxury. Of course, it will be considerably better than sleeping on the ground and the waterproof material should give protection from a damp or muddy surface.
In the past with similar products, I have found it almost impossible;e to get them back into the carry bag. No so here. Getting the air out of it is easy enough but remember to open the two-stage valve fully first. You will need a flat surface but with care and after a few minutes it can be folded flat and tight enough to get it back inside the carry bag neatly enough.
If you need a compact, space saving and easy to inflate waterproof sleeping pad for camping or hiking trips then this would be a very decent buy.
- Compact storage
- Easy and quick to inflate
- Packs away easily
- Good price
- Good build quality
- Not very supportive
- Repair kit instructions poor