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Therm-a-Rest Base Camp Mattress, Blue Nights, X-Large
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
My first impression of this Thermarest air mattress was 'Whoa, this thing is cushy!" and that was even before sleeping on it. Appropriately named 'Basecamp' this mattress isn't likely going to be included on long-haul backpacking trips where weight is a serious consideration. Not that it is incredibly heavy, mind you, but it is considerably heavier than a Pro Lite or Neoair, and the dimensions are larger, too. This review is specifically for the large version of this model, measuring approx. 25" X 77" and has a rectangular shape. I mention shape specifically as some sleeping bags, such as my Big Agnes double-sleeper (15 degree) Big Agnes Cabin Creek 15 Degree Sleeping Bag rely on specifically-shaped pads, like the Thermarest prolite or pro plus Therm-a-Rest Men's ProLite Plus Mattress, to form the bottom insulation of the bag in addition to providing cusion. Larger mattresses like this base camp will not fit.

On to my experience:

Pros:

* Comfort - I'm old enough to know how spoiled we've become when it comes to backpacking sleeping pads. Anyone remember when an ensolite pad was the pinnacle of sleeping comfort in the back country? It's no exaggeration to tell you that I've slept on many full-size spring mattresses less comfortable than this air mattress. This is one cushy, comfortable pad. Bears and nightime noises notwithstanding, I slept soundly on this pad over solid granite. Top scores in comfort here.

* Reliable - This is also huge: If your air mattress develops a leak at night or tears easily, it's about as useful to sleep on as a plastic hefty bag. I've never had a Thermarest fail on me, ever. They are built tough, hold their air, and have high quality, air tight valves. This base camp version has proven to be every bit as reliable as any Thermarest I've ever had. Both top and bottom are made of a heavier, canvas-like material than their lighter weight backpacking cousins. Over time, the fabric has worn well and has resisted cuts and abrasions.

* Sizing - For what this is intended for, base camps, car camping, and site that are relatively accessible by vehicle, burro, or horse, these are light and pack down small. I'd call them too large and heavy for backpacking, but I suppose it's possible if you're willing to haul the extra weight and bulk with you.

* Made in the USA - Hey, that's almost a novelty these days. slinky's are still made in the USA, too, in case you were wondering This means they cost a few bucks more than knock-off versions (see below) but I'm happy to pay the difference in this case.

Cons:

* Price - This is the only thing I can think of as a possible drawback - these are expensive. You get what you pay for in this case, and these represent solid value based on performance and durability, in my opinion. There are now knock off versions available from other manufacturers, and they are less expensive due, primarily, because they are made overseas. When it comes to a comfortable night's sleep when camping, I'll invest the extra few bucks to know I can rely on this pad, year after year.

Other thoughts:

As mentioned, this sleeping pad is best suited for car camping, or establishing a longer-term basecamp due to its size and weight. It's still a whole lot smaller and more compact than full-size air mattresses or sleeping cots, however, and that'll save significant space in the trunk of your car. or the back of your mule, depending It is, however, significantly thicker and more spacious than most backpacking pads, with a corresponding increase in both comfort and insulation qualities. Given that my family situation has me car-camping more and backpacking less these days, I'll be getting plenty of use out of this pad. Good thing, too, because my aging hips and knees cannot believe how much more comfortable this pad is than ones I've used in the past.

If comfort trumps space and weight considerations on your next camping trip, don't overlook this pad. Easily five stars, for a relatively ache-free sleeping experience while enjoying the great outdoors.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
I used a smaller model of these mats on a 4 day grand canyon hike a few years ago. It was too small for me but still worked great. I decided I needed a bigger model and cant be happier with it.

These mats are light weight, durable and comfortable. I use this when camping and once a year a small group of us go on an excursion of sorts. One year was the Grand Canyon, north rim to south rim, hike over 4 days, the next was 8 days in the Canadian boundary waters canoeing and camping.

I am 6'6" and around 265lbs so I need something that will support me allow me to sleep comfortably. The Thermarest mats do this without a hitch.

PROS - Light weight, durable, comfortable, portable and easy to clean.

Cons - none

I would recommend this to anyone who is a serious outdoors person.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
Purchased our first camping pad after sleeping on Air matteress...was really worried that we would not like it or would wake up hurting from sleeping on the ground....WOW...was I ever wrong.
We woke up refreshed, back was not stiff, and ready to spend the day hiking and biking.
When you sleep on the air mattress, the air gets cold which makes your back tight, with the Therma Rest camp mat, it added extra warmth and was a very comfortable nights sleep.

We have since ordered our second camp mat for my husband and are putting the air matteress away.

Thanks Therma Rest and thanks Amazon for making this such a great experience.

John and Traci K
Indiana
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
This product is advertised as an improvement on the Therm-A-Rest LE's. We tried it out over a carpet in our living room and returned it. It simply didn't provide the same cushioning and support as the older pads, so we'll continue to use the LE we still have. The somewhat good news is that we sent the other LE which wouldn't stay inflated back for repairs. I'm guessing it was about ten years old. Apparently Cascade Designs couldn't repair it, so they replaced it with a Luxury Map. At a glance, the Luxury Map might be either slightly better or almost as good as the LE, but it's at least comparable...and who could believe that a company would, under warranty, replace a 10 year old product with a top of the line new one? I can't help but love Cascade Designs, but if you liked the LE's, I'd suggest trying the Luxury Map rather than the Basecamp.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2011
Just back from our first trip with these. They work well, inflate & deflate easily, and were comfy enough. They were a bit pricey; this week (alas, too late for us!) a similar-looking product by ALPS is on sale on Amazon for half the price (maybe cheaper even when it's not on sale -- somehow missed it when I was shopping). Also, check the dimensions before deciding what size you want. Since everyone in my family is on the scrawny side, it didn't occur to me to consider size large, but the regular is very narrow (20") -- had to make an effort to stay on it when rolling over. I hear there's a separate kit available that converts the sleeping pad to a chair -- may check that out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
There was a time when I could sleep on the hard ground and wake up refreshed. Those days are long gone. If I sleep on the ground now (assuming I can even fall asleep), I will wake up with aches and pains. I sleep on my side so my hips tend to hurt after lying on the ground too long.

This Therm-A-Rest is thick enough to give me the padding I need to feel comfortable sleeping on the ground. It is also long and wide enough to fit my 6'4", 240 pound frame. This thing practically inflates itself: I just need to let it sit (with the valves open) for about 15-20 minutes and then just give it a few puffs to fill it completely. When rolled up, it is 26" long and 5" wide so it is not too heavy or bulky to carry around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This inflatable sleeping pad is expensive, but it is truly worth it. Our family has owned ours for 20 years, and it is still going strong. It is not simply useful for camping, but for young (and not-so-young) overnight guests. This pad is self-inflating, and it doesn't leak, ever. It is also amazingly comfortable for a relatively thin air-mattress.

Another good thing to know: Endless factory-manufactured products have been outsourced in the past decade, but not this one. So when you buy one, you know you are contributing to American jobs, and you don't have to worry about purchasing a product that has been created by mistreated, underpaid workers in factories abroad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2013
With the help of this Therm-a-Rest Base Camp Mattress my wife made it through a night in the tent. Wow, family camping may actually happen now. Very easy to inflate, challenging to get all the air out and get it in the stuff sack, but oh boy is is comfortable. I am going to have to retire my 20 year old Camp Rest for one of these.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2014
This is my bed, Have used these for over 20 years every night not just for camping great for the back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2014
I bought the mattress that was the narrowest because I wanted to save space and weight. It is narrow but worked wonderfully for me. I followed the instructions to let it completely self-inflate and blew into the mattress to over inflate it a bit then left it like that for 24 hours before deflating it and stowing it in my gear. When I got to my camp site, it self inflated fully, I threw in a couple extra breaths for good measure, and put my sleeping bag on top. The thickness when it was fully inflated was around 2". It worked great and was very comfortable.
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