While spring may still be deciding if it wants to actually be a season this year or not, I’m still optimistic that summer will in fact be real. Summer is a time of skies filled with stars, lightning bugs to run after and catch (don’t forget to release them too), and of course camping. There are several types of campers. You have your rogue campers, the ones who take nothing with them and sleep wherever their bodies collapse. They also live completely off nature. To them I say, congrats and while I’m in awe, I need a blankie, at least. Food and water are nice too. On the other end of the spectrum are your “motel” campers who have the plush RV’s completely decked out with TV’s, fully stocked fridges, A/C, bathrooms, the lovely blankie, and of course a nice, soft bed. If I could afford the cushy RV, I could easily fall into this category of camper. However, I have quite a few times been the camper that falls in between the two extreme versions and that is the outdoors/in-a-tent/in-a-car/wherever-you-find-a-safe-spot-yet-you-are-semi-prepared camper. This is the camper who is happy to “rough it,” but still likes a few comforts from home such as protection from the elements (tent), warmth (sleeping bag), and a little cushy under the tushy. Let me introduce you to the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow.
Teton Sports kindly provided me with a ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow for review. The ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow are great ways to have comfort while camping, just as one example for use, without having to bring bulkier foam pads, lug extra blankets, or forgo comfort all together and deal with sleeping on a small rock pushing into your bum all night.
Both the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow are designed with Open-Cell Foam fill. This foam fill provides insulation to provide a warm night’s sleep. Each also has an upper shell of ComforTech™ Microfiber and a Grey Non–Slip Bottom. Each also comes with its own stuff sack for easy transportation and storage. The stuff sack for the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp includes an offset shoulder strap. I found this especially handy for slinging the pad in its sack over your shoulder. I would think for taking this along, the strap makes it quite easy to carry. The ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp is red and grey in color and weighs 3 pounds 6 ounces. The ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow is orange and grey and weighs just 12 ounces.
The ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad is 75”x 25” x 2.5”. I have some people on the taller side in my family and this pad measures seven (7) feet long. With its nice length and a width of 25”, I found the pad very comfortable, not just for lying on flat on my back, but even rolling over onto my side. That’s where the 2.5” of depth came in handy. I didn’t feel my hip bone driving into the ground.
My aunt happened to be over when I was checking out the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow. She is very much an outdoors person. This past October and November she went trekking in Nepal and then was part of a Habitat for Humanity International building project. I was glad she was over as in the past she has had similar camp pads. Her comments about the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad were how quiet it was. She noted there was really no noise as she moved about on the pad. She added too that because of the 25” width, it would be unlikely that you would roll off this pad and this was something she had unfortunately experienced with her camp pads years ago. She loved the overall feel to the pad and how it easily inflated on its own within a few minutes and then with little effort, rolled down and tucked into its own carry bag with off-set strap for easy carrying.
As you can see in the picture she is also using the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow. While she really enjoyed having a pillow she did note, as I noticed this too, the pillow is a bit noisy. What I mean by this is that when you move or turn your head on the pillow there is a small rustling or crinkling sound that is made. While this may not bother some, when camping especially, the still of the night tends to be so very quiet that the tiniest of noise can actually sound blaring and also scare the bejesus out of you. For me, I think this is something I would grow accustomed to.
What I really liked about the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow, aside from it too inflating on its own and naturally faster than the pad due to it being smaller, was that with the pillow you could really adjust it to your comfort level. If you want a firmer pillow, a little extra air could be blown into the valve before closing it off. If you are like me and prefer a pillow with a little give, I like to be able to tuck my pillow into my neck; you can push a little extra air out through the valve before closing it.
Here is the pillow with less air. The wrinkles aren’t felt while lying on the pillow as they smooth out when pressure is put on the pillow.
The ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow didn’t slide around on the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and this was due to the non-slip bottom, which is present on both items. I loved this feature. I do find it annoying at any time to turn over in the middle of the night or to shift your head or arms and all of a sudden your pillow is gone.
I highly recommend both the ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow. In addition to camping, another use I have in mind for these is when my nieces are visiting. Living room forts will be taken to a whole new level. Also, while I wrote this, I put the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow behind my back. It provided a nice support for my low back.
Please visit Teton Sports via their website. They also have a Facebook page. Keep checking back on Jenns Blah Blah Blog for an upcoming giveaway, graciously sponsored by Teton Sports. You’ll have a chance at winning your own ComfortLite™ XL Self Inflating Camp Pad and the ComfortLite™ Self Inflating Pillow.
This review was written by Jeni Mitchell, a valued member of the Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog Team.
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