Buyers say this self-inflating camping mattress gives you the “best night’s sleep outside of your own bed” – I don’t use anything else – Good + Good | Gmx Pharm

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a bad sleeper. Luxury hotel rooms, airplanes, friends’ sofas – whatever it is. If it Not My own bed, made exactly to my liking, the curtains fully drawn and my white noise machine on full blast, I’m guaranteed to toss and turn through the night.

So you can imagine how hard it is for me to get a good nights sleep while camping. If I have a hard time sleeping in even the fanciest and most luxurious of amenities, you bet it’s next to impossible in the great outdoors. You expect me getting a full eight hours of snooze time in nothing but a foam pad and a sleeping bag?! Yes, exactly.

I am happy to report that I have found the next best thing to my comfy bed and I will never camp without it again. The Nemo Equipment Roamer Self-Inflating Mattress ($400) proved that I can Treat yourself to a restful night Zzz almost everywhere, and the “scrubbing” may be smoother than I thought.

My friend and I recently traded in our very uncomfortable foam sleeping pads for a double size Roamer, and let me tell you, it upped our camping game tenfold. The self-inflating (!) plush mattress is the closest thing to a luxurious bed for on the go. From the back of our SUV in the middle of the Utah desert to the back of a dock in the Hamptons, my boyfriend and I have slept well on our Roamer all spring and summer, and we wondered how we made it that far without one.

What makes this sleeping pad so special? It boils down to comfort, ease of use and portability:

1. It really feels like sleeping in a bed

While traditional air mattresses have that hollow feel that I can deflate at any time, the Roamer is plush and comfortable, much like a real memory foam mattress. That’s partly due to its unique Flow Core™ construction, which consists of internal air chambers and open-cell foam that self-inflate to give it a dense, squishy feel on your back. At 4 inches thick, it’s comfortable on any surface and masks any lumps and bumps from rocks and roots. And thanks to its adjustable valve, my friend and I can make it firmer or softer with a flick of the wrist depending on the terrain we sleep on. Paired with the Nemo Jazz Double Sleeping Bag ($350), it really feels like a queen mattress in the woods (or desert or lake). Seriously, I’ve slept worse at night in boutique hotels.

2. It self-inflates without additional pumps

Between tents, cooking stoves, and the occasional bear can, there’s plenty to pitch when you’re out in the woods. That’s the beauty of the Nemo Roamer – you roll it out, pop a few valves and let it do its thing. It inflates by itself in about half an hour. So when you’ve pitched your tent and unpacked all your cookware, your bed is waiting for you. 10/10 for convenience.

3. Packable for any adventure

The fancier the gear, the more difficult it is often to take it with you. Not the Nemo Roamer – at the end of your adventure, pull off the one-way valve and watch it quickly deflate into its easy-to-pack, space-saving form. Despite its density, it only weighs 8 pounds.and comes with two storage bags that you can swap out depending on your trip: a stuff sack if you’re short on space, and a holdall if you want to pack linens, pillows and more.

Suffice it to say that this modern mattress has made me, my partner and other Nemo owners very happy campers. Scroll through the Nemo Equipment website and you’ll find review after review praising the pad for being “beyond camping comfort” which is a “game changer for tent sleeping”. One reviewer, Mickey M., also claimed that it rivals her bed at home: “The double Roamer is a big purchase and I have no regrets! After the first night camping my partner turned around and said it felt like sleeping at home. It really is 4 inches of comfort! Open the valves, walk away 30 minutes and it’s over 50 percent inflated. We camped it in the winter and we were never cold – 10 out of 10!”

Another buyer, Kath, shared that the Roamer comes out on top compared to other models because it’s easy to set up. “I’ve tested so many makes and models and the Roamer is by far the fastest and easiest to set up and pack away, and takes up less space when packed,” said Kath. “I wish they’d done something between a double and a single. Either way, best sleep I’ve gotten outside of my own bed.”

I’m with Kath – the Double is great for couples, and if you get two of the XLs they combine for an even more luxurious queen-size pad. However, the XL Wide version alone might be a little big for solo travelers who want something smaller and lighter. That and the fact that the valves do requires some finesse to figure out how to start the self-inflation process. The instructions are a little confusing, but once you figure it out, it clicks forever.

That being said, I can’t believe I’ve ever camped without my beloved Roamer. I can’t believe it either actually gives me a good night’s sleep outside of my own bed, which I think is worth every penny. FYI, it’s available from Nemo, Backcountry, REI, LL Bean, and Amazon.

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