- Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 12 inches ; 2.1 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
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- ASIN: B00452XJ4S
- Item model number: 05204
- Average Customer Review: 156 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,235 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout Mattress (Regular, Sandal)
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- Ideal for first time campers
- 25% thicker to provide additional warmth
- Streamlined shape to reduce weight and bulk
- Stuff sack included
- Dimentions: 51x183cm/20x72in/Thickness: 3cm/1.25in
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 9 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||2.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
The ideal choice for first time campers and those looking to upgrade fron the closed cell foam, the new Trail Scout mattress is 25% thicker to provide additional warmth and comfort. And in keeping with our Trek& Travel Series updates, it has also been redesigned with a weight saving, streamlined shape to offset any gains in weight and bulk. Stuff sack included. R-value: 3.7/Weight: 680g/1lbs 8oz
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If I place my sweater inside a Vacuum Seal Storage Bag and I vacuum the air out, will my sweater become self-inflating when I open the valve to allow air in OR will my sweater return to its natural shape because it is EXPANDING? My sweater is assuming its original size because air was allowed in the bag, but NOT BECAUSE it is self-inflating.
The EXACT same occurs with these mattresses purposed to be Self-Inflating. No, they are not. Once the user opens up the valve, air is allowed in the mattress which returns to its original shape just like my sweater. The Self-Inflating feature is a gimmick to make a potential buyer with a simplistic mind believe that he is about to acquire a mattress that has some extraordinary material inside.
I strongly recommend buying the short version. It is because the mattress does not do much below the knees. We need the mattress from our shoulders to our hips which are the protruding parts of a human body. The mattress extending past our hips closer to our knees is not necessary, but we have to carry its bulk and weight. My extensive experience with this mattress tells me that a good Sleeping Bag is all we need below the hips and closer to the knees all the way to our feet.
As far as the mattress itself, the Therm-a-Rest Trail Scout is a very good quality product. I doubt that there is a need to improve it. Presently, I have to use it every night; and the results I get are fantastic. I would add that it is very important to read a list of recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Buyers of this mattress that follow the manufacturer's recommendations in that list will enjoy great results from this mattress for years to come, I anticipate.
- Space efficient
Those are in order of importance. Previously, when camping, I tended to just fix my bed by laying down accumulated grass and weeds to try and make it soft. This, as you might imagine, was horrible, but I was also broke. I was looking into sleeping pads but was also faced with indecision on what to get. A few nights ago I spent some time sleeping on a yoga mat, and was surprised at how comfortable it was. Surely if some crappy yoga mat not even meant to facilitate rest could provide a suitable surface for a nap, then a dedicated pad would make me feel right at home?
I debated between this and the Thermarest SOLite foam pad. Despite being lighter, foam pads take up more space and aren't quite as comfortable from what I've read. Also, since I live in South Florida, heat retention is an absolute non-issue for me.
Let me also start off by saying that I'm a very light person; around 5'7" and 135 lbs. The thickness of this pad when inflated is around 1.25", so I understand, which may be insufficient for someone who's heavier and larger. However, this is a couch mattress, not a tempur-pedic, so if you want something thicker you may want to check out the Alps Engineering inflating pads (1.5"-2.0" thick).
It is 20" wide, though, and not 25". This means that lying on your back doesn't provide enough side-room to lay your elbows on something soft. I'm sure a sweater or something would work just fine, but I woke up with my left arm having fallen asleep, which I expect was caused by this. However, I'm fine with this sacrifice, as again it reduces size and weight. If you have broad shoulders, again, you may want to look into another pad.
I laid this pad down on my tile floor and plopped down for a nap, and I slept soundly for several hours. At one point I shifted onto my side, and I woke up to find that my shoulder was in pain. However it wasn't from a lack of padding from the air mattress; it was just that the compression pillow I was using (Thermarest Compressible Pillow) didn't really have enough cushioning to support me in that position. I used to take regular naps pitched out on the carpeted floor of my old apartment; I know that compared to sleeping on beds of weeds, this pad will be heavenly.
Since I pack light, I decided to go with the small version. It's 48 inches long, but it's more than enough to give the critical areas of your body padding (head, shoulders, back, hips, upper thighs). There just isn't that much benefit in cushioning your calves considering the extra size and weight required to do so. If you sleep on your back, you should have your legs in a slightly raised position anyway, with one of your bags under your knees.
The item can be rolled in two ways; in a way that makes it long and thin, and a way that makes it short and thick. Rolled thin, it's 20 inches long, and around 4 inches thick. It's a nice dimension for strapping it to something, like bicycle panniers. If anyone here uses Topeak Explorer Rear Racks on their bicycle, this thing fits perfectly within the Topeak MTX shoulder bag's bungie cords. I'd say it barely weighs around two pounds. Anyway, rolled thickly, it's approximately 7-8 inches thick but 10 inches tall. This is useful if you intend to pack it inside something (like my bookbag, which may happen during finals week if I decide to sleep in the library while studying), and it's the only way it goes into its bundled stuff-sack.
--Ease of Use:
The pad also inflates impressively quickly. Once it gets fairly full, supplementing it with human breath is a straight-forward process. The first time you take it out of the bag they say to let it inflate overnight; I ignored this advice. I just blew some air into it, rolled it up to force the air to expand the insides of the mattress, flattened it, and then let it self-inflate for half an hour. It was in pretty good shape; I then just topped it off by blowing into it and it was good to go. Now it self-inflates like a charm after I deflate it. I may choose to get the SOLite pad in the end just to serve as a groundcover for this pad, to avoid it being punctured (and also provide more warmth and cushioning). The surface is rubberized, and the actual pad itself is rather thin (as it relies on the air pressure to cushion the body). As such, you're going to need to put something under it if the terrain you're sleeping on is unfriendly to inflatable anything.
Anyway, point being, I think this is probably the best pad available for anyone who's preoccupied with packing a comfortable sleeping arrangement, but most importantly light and small, and on a budget. At $30, this thing was definitely worth the money. I haven't exactly tried every other pad, but the other ones of this kind are pricier, and I honestly don't see how any pad could better fit the criteria I required of it. When I take this out camping, I'll update this review to speak to its reliability.
My only concern is about their durability; the exterior material feels very light and very thin. I can easily see this thing getting punctured. I suppose as long as you are careful and take precautions (like not playing with knives in bed) you should be OK; we are sleeping in a tent with a floor saver, and I sweep campsites and remove rocks and twigs before setting up the tent, but all the same I think I'll probably get one of their repair kits and keep it handy just in case.
But for the $$ it is a nice pad.
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