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Backpacker Magazine – October 2010

Gear Review: Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Sleeping Pad

A sleeping pad made for luxurious car camping.

by: Kelly Bastone

Therm-a-Rest DreamTime (Courtesy Photo)
Therm-a-Rest DreamTime (Courtesy Photo)

Basecamp Luxury
Pair it with a Therm-a-Rest DreamTime sleeping pad and the NEMO Fillo inflatable pillow.
Full disclosure: This mattress is not light, cheap, or packable. But if you do a lot of car camping, you won’t care. “It’s honestly like sleeping on my bed at home,” says our gear editor after using the oversize DreamTime for two years all over New England. It pairs a 2.5-inch-thick, self-inflating air mattress with a one-inch layer of memory foam that’s wrapped in a removable (and machine-washable) microfiber cover.

The fabric feels oh-so-soft against skin, and the air/foam combo delivers the ultimate in springy, cushy comfort. The mattress needs a few breaths to bring it to full loft—but it still required far less effort than any other comfort pad we tested. It also packs easily: Just roll and secure with the attached buckles. Bonus: Big guys will love the extra length and width. $190; 6 lbs. 11 oz.; 25”x75”x3.5”;

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Oct 19, 2010

I've had the dreamtime xl for 3 years now and it's amazing. I lived in an igloo for 3 months one winter, and I slept on this the whole time. I was never cold and always comfortable. It's bulkier and heavier than my 3 person tent, but worth it, no question! The only problem I have with this is it makes me not want to go camping anywhere I can't have it with me.


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