During the early season, I broke out my backpacking tent and lightweight sleeping pad for a few nights camping in the backcountry. It had been a hot second since using that pad and after night one my back was convinced I needed a better solution for the Way Upland journey this season.
The nearby town had one option on the shelf — the Coleman EasyStay Single-High Airbed. Coleman is an iconic name in the outdoors; their old school cooktops, lanterns and coolers are still some of the best gear made. BUT they also have taken to slapping that Coleman logo on all kinds of cheap junk, so I was on the fence with this inflatable mattress.
It’s a bit heavy for true backcountry use, but the 6” thickness appealed to my posterior. After a few nights of duty it proved to be up to the task. When paired with the OneSource it makes setup a breeze. I was glad I made the weight concessions for this luxury on my trip. The combo made sleep way easier to come by in tough conditions — Airbed $25, OneSource $65.