Gear Thoughts

Therma-A-Rest Self-Inflating Air Mattress

Review about one of the most important items of a rested life while living outdoors.

Sleep is one of the most important things to enjoy life. Isn’t that equally so for a cycling life?

You need to be sufficient energized to cycle high passes, long distances, dusty hot regions, rainy seasons and for every day performance, however short the distance.

Not only a comfortable mattress is important, the quality of such a mattress is equally essential for you don’t want a comfortable mattress which last only 4 weeks.

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Another important matter is the strength of the mattress, it should not get punctured easily nor making sounds like reclining on a bag of chips. Preferable a mattress should not blow up when you are far away from having send another one to you, or buying a new one.

Simple, wouldn’t you say: comfort, strength and quality. Every outdoor lover needs that, and preferable light weight too.

For me there is only one outcome, and I have tried several kinds: Therma-A-Rest all-season self-inflating air mattress. My experience is that this is a comfortable, strong mattress which last for years.



  • It has a women’s design; shorter, rounder shaped

  • It packs compact

  • Easy to clean

  • Easy to repair punctures

  • Quick to inflate and easy to deflate and roll up

  • It prevents cold coming through

  • It does not shove during the night

  • When encountering problems, the manufacturers provide you with prompt reply and help (during warranty period)


  • Although it packs compact, not as small as the other air mattresses

  • The ground needs to be free of sharp items as not to puncture the mattress

  • The stuff back is tight; the mattress need to be rolled twice in order to have it fit into the stuff back

  • The price is about €100 which is not cheap, but considering the number of nights sleep getting out of it, well worth the amount of money


My Therma-A-rest self-inflating air mattress started to delaminate after uncountable nights of deep sleep. In total I must have slept on the mattress for over 2 years, nearly every night, which roughly comes to 365 x 2 = 730

730 : €100 = € 0.13 each night


Then I had to buy a new self-inflating air mattress which lasted only 4 weeks Having slept for 4 months on two thin, low quality mattresses I was not getting sufficient rest, turning around like a roast chicken on a skewer during the night, bones hurting from the hard surface. I finally got hold of a new Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite Plus Woman’s All-Season Self-Inflating air mattress, and will look forward to endless deep sleepy nights.




By Cindy Servranckx

Years of traveling brought me many different insights, philosophies and places I needed to be. I lived in Pakistan, went over 15 times to India and when I stopped cycling the world, that was after 50.000 kilometer through 45 countries, I met Geo. Together we now explore many facets of life, including those by foot, by truck, by motorbike and by kickbike. Being an artist who's chasing the simple life, I keep embroidering in the abundance nature offers me. The pouches I create are for sale on

7 replies on “Therma-A-Rest Self-Inflating Air Mattress”

I agree! It’s a long time indeed. A wonderful product. Yet I think that today’s products are intentionally made of lesser quality in general. Or so is my experience with high end brands. Not with this mattress though!


[…] Well, the mattresses are very comfortable, I reckon the best among air mattresses. However, it takes quite some effort, for me, to inflate them. A hand pump was an extra piece to carry with not much of being a help so I send that home. Although the air mattresses are comfortable, they eventually all break down. I think they’re just not meant to be for long, rough cycle trips. After two ripped mattresses I choose an other form of bed, see link. […]


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