The Ergohacks Verdict

I think of three things when packing up for a weekend camping. Tent, sleeping bag and mattress. I’ve never considered a raised mattress because we’ve always had low tents that pitch in under 15 minutes. Last year, we picked up Coleman’s Octagon tent for summer camping and suddenly, the world of bed-style inflatable mattresses opened its doors. Coleman sent us their Maxi Comfort Bed Raised King and we were all quite keen on trying it. We first inflated it in the lounge and tested it out with a few siestas on the hot days we’ve been having. We all three fit snugly for a nap and didn’t approach its weight limit. It felt surprisingly just like a bed. A pretty nice bed actually.

Camping over a weekend, we couldn’t wait to try it out. It has a relatively small footprint, unpack and repack easily and quickly and inflated well inside the tent. It didn’t deflate in the night – my prime test for inflatable mattresses – despite having been lounged on prior to bedtime by a book reading six year old. Combined with a double sleeping bag and my trusty pillow from home, I had a great night’s sleep and Chris woke up less stiff than his usual creaky self first thing on campsite morning. I’m particular about mattresses because I have back, neck and joint issues and the raised mattress was certainly a lot more comfortable and accessible.

Mattresses isn’t something to buy low budget unless you want to sleep on the ground come 2 a.m. At just under £80, Coleman’s raised mattress isn’t cheap, but it comes in at virtually the same cost as the Aerobed Active and is certainly just as comfortable and durable. We’ll stick with the Aerobed standard for flash camping trips, particularly when we switch to our lower autumn tent towards the end of the season, but the Maxi Comfort Raised King is secretly my favourite. I loved waking up surrounded by a forest. Our combination of tent, mattress and sleeping bag made it feel like we were overnighting in a hotel room in the wild.

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Buy it from http://www.worldofcamping.co.uk/coleman-raised-queen-quickbed-bp1003-2570  + 

Price: ± £80
Included: Repair kit and instructions.

About Coleman

William Coffin Coleman was a lamp seller by trade, based in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He bought the patent for a lamp in 1903, redesigned it and in 1914 produced the first Coleman Lantern. The company has since grown and diversified to become one of the most well-known brands of quality outdoor and camping gear.

Coleman is currently owned by Newell Brands. Coleman is a subsidiary of Jarden, which was acquired in 2016 by Newell Rubbermaid, which renamed itself Newell Brands. Newell Brands owns a large number of brands, including Coleman, Aerobed, Sharpie, PaperMate, Parker, Graco, Yankee Candle, Spontex, Quickie and more*.

Design

The Maxi Comfort is a sturdy mattress made out of strong PVC. It’s not an eco-friendly fabric – few camping items are, but it’s durable and long lasting and will reduce waste by outlasting many cheaper alternatives on the market.

Features

  • Double Lock Valve System that lets you blow it up without having to do the ‘drop the pump and get the valve closed as fast as you can shuffle’. This works much better than I’d expected and is a major plus.
  • Dual Chamber that gives each person their own air pocket. This cuts down on the bouncing the person on the left has to handle if the person on the right moves.
  • Puncture Resistance PVC with reinforced size and base.
  • Wrap ‘N’ Roll System has the dual plusses of removing all the air as part of the wrapping up process and not having a separate bag to lose. It took a couple of tries to get used to it but once you are it’s straightforward.

Specification

Product dimensions: 198 x  151 x 46 cm
Internal coils: 35
Maximum Weight: 295kg
Materials: PVC
Item Weight: 7kg
Colour: Khaki, green and beige

Requirements

The Maxi Comfort does not come with a pump so you’ll need to make sure you have one and that it’s charged!

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 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on two weeks of tinkering, testing and using the Maxi Comfort King provided by Coleman. This article was first published on 16 July 2017.