Thermal air mattresses guarantee a soft and warm base
Anyone who has ever slept in a tent without an insulated or cushioned base appreciates the qualities of a thermal air mattress. Thermal air mattresses combine the pressure-balancing inner material of a foam base with the air cushion of a traditional air mattress and the insulation of a thermal sleeping pad. The comfort of an outdoor mattress will thrill everyone spending a night in the open sometime somewhere.
Function and material characteristics of a thermal air mattress
A thermal air mattress' function and material are so designed as to even out bumps like stones and roots. A large chunk of the absorption of bumps is carried out by the self-inflating air chambers. Opening the valve of a thermal air mattress fills it with air, folding it forces out the air through the valve again. This technology not only makes these sleeping pads lightweight but also easy to fold. An advantage is that the base material of thermal air mattresses allow neither cold nor moisture to penetrate the mat from beneath.
Which thermal air mattress for which purpose?
While purchasing a thermal air mattress, you can generally choose between thinner and thicker variants. Thinner variants are less able to balance out larger bumps on the ground. On the other hand, they can be folded up much smaller and are lighter. They are suitable for multiday hiking tours and mountaineering with an overnight stay, trips where the luggage is personally carried over long stretches.
For a longer camping trip at a single site or on trips with motor vehicles, a thicker and somewhat heavier thermal air mattress is certainly better suited.