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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Durability problems Everything the other reviewers are saying is true: these things are comfortable and insulating, and just plain nice to sleep on. My problem is that they just didn't last very long. I had mine two years, slept on them maybe 20 times, treated them and stored them with care, and still they stopped holding air. They didn't get a leak, such as might be repairable; they oozed air over the entire surface - as if the internal material is breaking down. These were used in a hot desert environment, so that may have been an issue. When I was looking into buying replacements, the sales clerk said my experience wasn't that uncommon. Seems too expensive for that amount of use.
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable, have stood up to time We love our REI Camp Bed sleeping pads. We have four in total (2 bought about 7 years ago and two 5 five years ago). The four of them fit perfectly inside our REI Base Camp tent from wall to wall. They insulate very well and we feel it is the perfect firmness ( though you can inflate more by blowing into valve). We sleep very well at camp because of them. We store them inflated (with valves open) when not in use. Over time, two of them no longer roll up as compactly as before. We bought straps to make sure they don't inflate on their own during transport to camp. Otherwise, they are still perfect. We are frequent campers and recommend it.
Date published: 2015-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REI 3.5 Camp Bed The 3.5 inch Camp Bed is far more comfortable than I imagined. It's been used on several kayak camping trips, ranging from 1 to 3 nights, and I can't praise it enough. My old bones and joints are getting too old to rough-it and the Camp Bed is the cats meow for getting comfortable nights rest. I'm 6' 3" I bought the XL and I can scoot around, turn over and stretch out and don't have to worry about slipping off the edge of the bed. The XL might be too large for a backpacker to lug around, but with a little rearranging, I have no trouble packing it in the kayak. I would recommend it to everyone, both friends and strangers
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best sleep at a campsite ever! I had a Agnes sleeping pad that was OK as comfort, but it was very slippery. I found my sleeping bag (Marmot) to slip off the pad several times during the night - especially if the site wasn't perfectly flat. This sleeping pad is very different. It has a nice and grippy suede texture that will keep any sleeping bag from slipping off. Its self-inflating feature works really well, and I don't feel the need to inflate it further by blowing it, which you can, if you would like a firmer pad. The only negative about it is the bulk, but we mostly use it for car camping. If you don't mind the extra weight/bulk, this pad will provide anyone with a really comfortable night of sleep. Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bed - a little tricky on the storage As another review mentioned, this bed is supposed to be stored inflated and in a safe place (I believe they suggest under a bed). This is not convenient, and I stored mine rolled up for about 6-8 months. Eventually I used it again and it only inflated about 3/4ths of the way. I was able to use my lungs and blow the bed up. Then I stored it properly (i.e. inflated under a bed) for several months and it seems to be restored back to original condition and it fully inflates on its own again. This is more an issue of self-inflating technology than of the particular REI bed, and not a huge problem, but something to note. Otherwise, I've slept on the bed 15-20 times and like everyone else says it's very comfortable!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice to sleep on, but not durable Really comfy to rest on when full, but mine broke down after less than 10 uses. There are four spots where it leaks (one is from the side) and the air is also "oozing" through throughout the whole surface. Maybe I was unlucky to get a Monday copy since there are many 5 star reviews here. My last hiking pad lasted for almost 10 years and definitely more than 100 uses and even then it wasn't leaking but the walls between the air pockets in the mattress started coming apart and forming "bubbles" on the mattress when you would fill it. I wonder if this has been updated since I bought it (maybe 3 or so years ago, been sitting in storage until recently) and are perhaps of better quality.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from You might get two years of moderate use We go two years of moderate use (10-15 times per year) and the they became leaky. I tried patching the pads but the it was not a pin point leak but a field of leaks. I love that REI let me return them for new ones. I will say that these are super comfortable when inflated. Warm, thick and heavenly to sleep on until they are not. The problem seemed to be that the materials broke down over time so I will be much more cautions in how I store these new ones. (Inflated and unrolled)
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good for making bubbles It's true - these pads are super comfortable. But after less than a month of nights of very tame car camping, ours has developed too many holes to fix. You can't see the holes, there's no evidence of surface scuffing or excessive wear and tear. But when you pour soapy water across the surface, bubbles galore. I don't know if something on the inside came unlaminated, but there is a section about 8 inches by 3 feet with probably a dozen places that make bubbles. It was actually kind of mesmerizing.
Date published: 2017-06-02
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Questions & Answers

Is there a way to tie two mattresses, side by side, they seam to move apart on the tent floor?

Asked by: Rongurbbs
You can use velcro straps which came with beds  :)   two per each bed.    Tie around em. 
Answered by: Lazy swimmer
Date published: 2017-06-23

Does anybody know of a cover for this?

Asked by: Trackside
I like to cover my airmat with a cotton sleep sack like people use when they stay at a youth hostel. I buy them at REI too.
Answered by: CinderStar
Date published: 2017-09-12

How do you inflate and deflate?  I don't see instructions.

Asked by: Dumb Camper
To inflate, unroll the sleeping pad and open the inflation valve. The pad will begin to inflate on its own, however, you can manually blow air through valve to speed up the process or top off the pad. To deflate the pad, open the deflation valve and roll up the pad for storage, forcing the air out as you roll.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-15

Many reviewers had mentioned that this pad only lasted for 2 years. Has this issue been addressed?

Asked by: tink2
Seriously?  Have you read the negative reviews here?  I own and have used mattress pads by three other manufacturers.  One developed a leak that was easily fixed and is still in service.  My REI 2.5 and 3.5 versions of this pad have both failed.  And that's after maybe 20 nights of car camping each.  My other pads are for backpacking and have faced more nights of much rougher treatment...and are still going strong.
Answered by: willynilly
Date published: 2018-02-18

I bought the XL and plan to travel to Yosemite by plane later this month. The pad is terrific and feels comfortable, but it's HUGE! It won't fit any any of my luggage. Can you recommend the best way to travel with this through an airport?

Asked by: Bobster
Since the packed size of the REI Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad is 9 x 30 inches, you will need to put it in luggage that is at least 30 inches long.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-07

Is there a maximum weight limit for the 3.5" REI Camp Beds?

Asked by: Deacon22
I'm 245lbs.  I've had no trouble with this mattress in regards to weight.  Very comfortable.
Answered by: camper00
Date published: 2016-05-30

I can't get this to deflate--what do I need to do?

Asked by: fly fisherman
To deflate the Camp Bed 3.5, the best bet would be to open both valves and roll the mattress up starting at the foot of the pad.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-01

How should I store this pad when not in use?  Does it need to be unrolled and stored flat (or upright)?

Asked by: Madjik Man
It should be stored unrolled, flat, valves open with nothing resting on top. I store mine under my bed.
Answered by: Diogo Qdog
Date published: 2017-07-01
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