This three-season mattress uses smart features to elevate the basic air pad: Like the Klymit Static V (left), the Flash uses extra-big baffles on the perimeter to keep sleepers from rolling off. “I’m tossy-turny, but the guard rails kept me from slipping onto the tent floor, and even my pillow stayed put,” says one tester after a week of camping in Tasmania. She also issues props for the separate deflation valve, which releases air in a hurry to make packing up easier.
The 2.5-inch thickness proved sufficient for smoothing out lumpy sandstone in Arizona’s Havasu Canyon. PrimaLoft Infinity synthetic insulation and a 3.2 R-value kept testers warm down to 30°F, and the 30-denier ripstop polyester held strong against sharp rocks and grasses. But comfort doesn’t come fast: Blowing it up takes several minutes and plenty of lung power. $119; 1 lb.; 72” x 20.5” x 2.5”; rei.com
Looking for heavenly comfort that offers easy setup and versatility well beyond your typical camping pad? The Cosmo series has comfort disproportionate to its size and is now offered in a larger, 'big and tall' version. Your body is supported a plush 3 inches off the ground, with lateral I-beam baffles for a smooth sleeping surface, and an integrated foot pump for rapid setup. Cosmoâ¢ Insulated uses a layer of polyurethane foam welded to the inner surface of the pad to stop convective currents and create consistent and even insulation. For added comfort and insulation, use the accessory Pillowtop cover.