|Just got back from a weekend camping up at Paul & Marias (Takoda) for the XRV National|
First time I've tried one of those Hi-Gear camp beds - the canvas and metal poles type from Go Outdoors for £10. It just fits in the Coleman Phad X3 tent diagonally and weighs 2.7kgs so not exactly light. I had a £3 Gelert foil-topped thin folding sleeping mat that was the exact same size as the bed. I used it under the sleeping bag. This also fits in the bed bag when packed away (I used it foil side next to me rather than the material side - have I done that right?)
I normally use a North Ridge Alpine self inflating mat that inflates to 4.5cm and this is very comfortable and packs small and light so I took this too in case I didn't get on with the camp bed
I was concerned with the legs rubbing on the ground sheet so I cut up some pieces of pipe lagging about 8cms each that I had lying around and they take up no room and minimal space in my other gear and weigh next to nothing. These slid onto the legs and protected the groundsheet and they stayed in place.
I have to say that these last few nights camping have been the most comfortable I have ever been. The pack size on the bed is not very big.
I stayed nice and warm and slept almost as good as being in bed at home. The compromise is the weight and having to lose space in the tent by having it diagonal in the sleeping area. But the good sleep means I'll be doing this again when I'm not off roading with gear. The North Ridge roll mat is 0.9kgs so if I did not have this I'm only taking and extra 2kgs and it fits in my dry bag with the rest of the stuff.
When I am on the roll mats I can sleep on my left side and some times on my back for a short time. On the bed I can sleep on both sides and on my back and be just as comfortable all ways.
Works for me
One happy camper:thumbup:
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