There’s something that just feels right about turning off the computer and spending a weekend trekking through the wilderness.
Whether you’re visiting France for the week to climb mountains and take spectacular photos, or you’re just taking the family out for a camping trip; getting away from modern conveniences is a fantastic way to reacquaint yourself with nature, to hit the ‘refresh’ button on your brain and to decompress. It tests your skills and your wits, it fills your lungs with natural air and it gives you fantastic stories to tell next time you’re down the pub with friends.
But just because you’re trekking through woods or up steep mountains, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need your sleep! In fact, poor sleeping conditions are one of the things that put some people off of exploring and adventuring more.
Sleeping on a thin roll mat and feeling the ground dig into your back, all while feeling absolutely freezing cold thanks to that draft coming in through the tent is not really my idea of fun. That’s why it’s well worth doing a bit of research and seeking out the very best sleeping equipment.
The ALPS Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed is just one such example. This is, as the name would seem to imply, an air bed that is aimed specifically at mountaineers but which can also be used in a variety of other scenarios. It claims it is light, comfortable and highly versatile… but can it live up to the promise? Let’s take a closer look!
At first glance, this immediately looks like a practical mountaineering air bed. That is to say that it is bright orange and grey, which means it’s not quite going to look the part when placed on your floor. Orange is a popular color for this kind of equipment as it occurs less regularly in nature, meaning that it will always stand out against the floor or background.
The bed is also very narrow and thin, with not much height off of the floor. This is also a good thing when you’re camping, so long as it is going to give you enough comfort despite that fact. And the The ALPS Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed should manage this just fine owing to its chosen materials.
Specifically, the manufacturers claim that their air bed has side and bottom fabric that is 17% thicker than ‘the leading competition’. They also claim that the top is 10% thicker than the competition. This material is ‘extra thick PVC’ but it is topped off with soft flocked fabric to make it more comfortable.
This should in theory help to provide a more comfortable night’s sleep, while simultaneously reducing the likelihood of a puncture or any other damage to the bed. It is certainly very reassuring to know that it has that extra durability and the pictures show multiple people on the bed at once – although there is no mention of how many lbs it can hold.
Other than the top quality materials, the other selling point of this practical air bed is the ‘rechargeable’ aspect. This basically means that you’re getting a rechargeable pump included in the package. Electric pumps are very useful for any kind of air bed because they enable you to quickly inflate the bed when you need it and then take it down again just as easily.
This model is no different but what is different, is the fact that you won’t need to search around for a power outlet as you can simply charge that pump before you go. This is a very useful feature for a camping bed actually, as you’ll sometimes want to erect it when it’s dark and cold, at which point you hardly want to be fiddling around with a manual pump.
The bed also has the benefit of folding up to a particularly small size. It comes with a carry bag and should be very easy to throw into a rucksack and to take with you on your travels.
Like many air beds, this one also comes with ‘coil support’, to help more evenly distribute weight and to better counteract any awkward angles or stones on the ground.
With a product like this, you are very much relying on the description offered by the manufacturers being accurate. In this case, you have to take them at their word that the bed really is so comfortable and so durable.
Fortunately, customer reviews are here to help and in this case, they back up what ALPS is saying. One thing that reviewers particularly liked was the air pump, which is small but which many users described as being more powerful than similar options from Coleman etc. Most importantly, the reviewers praised the choice of material, the durability and the comfort.
The negative reviews however pointed out that the product is actually a couple of inches shorter than a true Queen bed (if you buy the Queen size). They also mentioned that it can lose a little air over night, although this is pretty much standard for these products.
You can get the The ALPS Mountaineering Rechargeable Air Bed from Amazon where it will currently cost you around $56 or $120 depending on if you choose the twin or the king size option. There is no warranty information available, though there is free shipping.
All in all, this is one of the best air mattresses I have come across for camping. That’s thanks to its compact size and form factor, highly durable choice of materials and very comfortable feel when sleeping. All these things along with the low price make it an excellent choice for any adventurer that values their sleep!