Product Type: Campingaz Camping
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Campingaz Single Airbed
Member Name: dee778
Campingaz Single Airbed
Advantages: Good quality, light and small to pack
Although in my younger days I happily spent the camping week sleeping on a simple foam mat, I now feel the need to join the majority of campers and protect myself from both the cold of the night time soil and any sharp stones or bumps with an inflatable airbed.
My first purchase was a cheaper brand that was both bulky to pack and also deflated slowly and silently during the night. I decided to upgrade and visited my local camping shop, PJ Camping, where I found the Campingaz single airbed for £12.99.
As always with a camping trip, space in the car is at a premium, so I was pleased to discover that, at 1.6kg, this inflatable mattress was both lighter and easier to fold than my cheaper model. It folds very flat and is easy to tuck away safely in a corner of the boot.
This mattress has only one chamber, unlike some other models which have separate chambers for the 'pillow' end and the bed. For this reason, there is only one valve; an imposing plastic valve which is located on the short end of the bed. This valve is the Airtight double lock valve system, which Campinggaz claim prevent leaks. It locks in air two ways, which is extremely useful during inflation as the air cannot leak out once it has been pumped in - always annoying with cheaper models and less sophisticated valves.
The valve entrance is very large, about the diameter of my thumb, and for this reason some of the cheaper pumps do not include a fitting to inflate the bed. I had to buy a new pump with a variety of different sized fittings before I could inflate my bed.
Inflation itself is very quick and is also trouble free, due to the design of the valve. The whole valve then clicks down so it is recessed into the mattress, which seals the air by pushing the valve backwards over an internal yellow stopper. Once the bed is inflated, the plastic cap clicks down over the valve, thus making it even more secure.
The large valve makes deflation very quick and easy - much quicker than using the smaller valves often found on older models.
~~Design and Use~~
Once inflated, the bed measures 188cm long, 74cm wide, and 19cm high. The sleeping side is covered by 53mm flocked pvc, which stops the sleeping bag slipping around and also stops you slipping off the bed in the night.
The bed is very durable, with 33mm pvc preventing accidental puncture and good quality seams and joints preventing leaks and deterioration.
Like most inflatable airbeds, this one comes with a repair kit, but I have never had an opportunity to try this out, as the bed itself is very robust.
I have now used my airbed for two years, for about 15 nights in total. It has remained completely leak free, and does not deflate at all during the night. Even when I have used it for 5 consecutive nights, I have not felt the need to re-pump.
In conclusion, this is one of the best airbeds that I have owned. It is a very reasonable price and a product that I would recommend.
Summary: A good buy
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