Best Camping Mattresses 2017

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Big Agnes, Camping, Exped, NEMO Equipment, Sea to Summit, Therm-a-Rest. Best Camping Mattresses 2017

It’s that time of year again where we finish the work week with excitement and glee the clock strikes 5 o’clock, work mode gets shut off until Monday, the camping gear gets loaded into the car and the adventure begins. Camping; the one activity that many will enjoy and few will fear for the ‘lack’ of homey comfort and convenience, creepy crawly bugs and ‘toilets’ that don’t flush. If you’re not the rustic type and being in the outdoors causes more anxiety than relaxation, a simple pillow fort in the living room or a makeshift tent set-up in your backyard still close to the usual home amenities are a good start. 

For those gearing up for some camping adventures this summer, finding the right gear for you is essential especially for a good nights sleep. Picking the right mattresses can be the make or break for any camping trip. Choose something too thin, and you’ll wake up sore, achey and needing a chiropractor. Choose something too big and you may have to bring along a small trailer in order to get all your gear along the trail to your camping spot. 

Best Camping Mattress for Hiking

NEMO Equipment Cosmo Insulated 20 Sleeping Pad

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This particular mattress is a great option for those who get out and camp three season out of the year. It is insulated with an internal layer of PrimaLoft® which is good for temperatures down to -4°C to -9°C. Equipped with an easy-to-use, built-in foot pump, the Cosmo Insulated 20 offers 3.5 inches (9cm) of cushy comfort wherever you decide to set up camp. If you’ve forgotten to bring along  a pillow or the added weight and space is a hindrance, the mattress has a raised baffle at the end which acts as a pillow. 

  • Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 815 g
  • Thickness: 3.5 in / 9 cm
  • Length: 72 in / 183 cm
  • Width: 20 in / 51 cm

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker

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Available in two colour choices, the NeoAir Trekker mattress is a perfect choice for those hikers and trekkers looking for something light and compact that will fit into their pack and not compromise space needed for other gear. The mattress is capable for three-season use thanks to the he patent-pending Triangular Core Matrix™ technology. This technology creates over 100 internal cells which works in place as bulky insulation to provide warmth. There is no built-in pump for this mattress so pump up your mattress and set up camp before you crack open the bottle of wine and celebrate nature’s serenity.

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  • Weight: 17 oz / 480 g
  • Thickness: 2.5 in / 6.3 cm
  • Length: 72 in / 183 cm
  • Width: 20 in / 51 cm


Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat

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Like the name says, the UltraLight Mat is ultra light. It provides all the comfort needed for a good nights sleep in the backcountry. The UltraLight Mat gets its compact size and lightweight from a single layer of medium resolution Air Sprung Cells™. The mat requires manual inflation and purchasing the Sea to Summit Jet Stream Pump Sac is recommended for quick and easy inflation. It is the ideal mat for those trekkers and hikers looking for lightweight gear that doesn’t compromise comfort and space. 

  • Weight: 12.5 oz / 355 g
  • Thickness: 2 in / 5 cm
  • Length: 72 in /184 cm
  • Width: 21.5 in /55 cm

Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad

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The perfect mattress for your backcountry three seasons of the year is the Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad. Redesigned offset I-Beams are responsible for the incredible stability and comfort felt in multi-directions while sleeping on this mattress. This years design was designed to be even better than before resulting in a lighter, tougher, smaller mattress that is also easier to inflate and deflate. For lightweight comfort and the best backcountry sleeps, this is your mattress.

  • Weight: 16 oz / 454 g
  • Thickness: 3 in / 7.62 cm
  • Length: 72 in / 184 cm
  • Width: 20 in / 5.8 cm

Exped Synmat 7 Sleeping Mat

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The Synmat 7 Sleeping mat is a synthetically insulated camping mattress that offers the same lightweight comfort as a down mat. This particular model is as durable as the down mats and also packs down to the same conveniently small size that makes it ideal for backpacking and hiking. It is equipped with an integrated pump which makes inflating and deflating a breeze. For the cushy comfort of your bed at home in the woods, choose the Synmat 7 Sleeping mat.

  • Weight: 38 oz / 1090 g
  • Thickness: 3.5 in / 9 cm
  • Length: 197 in / 500 cm
  • Width: 65 in / 165 cm

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Best Camping Mattresses for Car-Camping

Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime 


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For the campers who aren’t quite ready to commit to throw away the classic inflatable air mattress, the Dreamtime is the perfect alternative. The mattress has an internal pillow topper which provides an additional inch of comfort thanks to a layer of contour-hugging foam. Within the pillow topper in a mattress core which is self-inflating to a comfy 2.5 inch thickness. Find your ideal thickness, you can add or release a few breaths. For those looking for the ultiamte portable comfort, the Dreamtime mattress is the perfect choice. 

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Dream

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Get the luxury of your bed at home wherever your camping adventures take you, with the NeoAir Dream mattress. Equipped with the NeoAir® Torrent™ Pump, setting up camp is a breeze so you can spend more time enjoy the view. Enjoy camping three seasons of the year thanks to the NeoAir construction and ThermaCapture™ technology which provides bulk-free, warm insulation. This mattress is ideal for those who do a mix of car camping and hiking camping. Inside is a removable plush, contour-hugging pillow-top cover placed on top of a NeoAir mattress. For lighter excursion, the pillow-top cover can be removed to reduce weight and size. 

Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe Self-Inflating Mat

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When weight restrictions aren’t an issue, the Comfort Deluxe Self-Inflating mat is as good as gold. Offering four inches of plush comfort, you’ll never miss your bed at home. The mattress is equipped with the Sea to Summit patent-pending multi-functional valve which allows for easy inflation and one-way deflation. This one-way deflation makes it easier to deflate the mattress and eliminates and re-inflating when you’re trying t pack up camp. This is a mat perfect for those looking for the same all night comfort found in their bed at home. 

What is Camping?

Camping is getting lost in nature’s beauty and enjoying the sounds and smells of the wilderness underneath a sparkling night sky full of twinkling stars. Whether you discover your camp by car, foot, bike or ski, the adventure is getting there and the tranquility is enjoying the moment and disconnecting.

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