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"Glamp Bed"! Wide enough, but "hammock effect"...
on 28 March 2014
When this design first appeared, with the "self-springing" "w" shaped legs, I bought one like a shot, because: how more minimal (? you know what I mean...) could a camp bed get? Hence, how more light-weight? None, I figured. And also, I like design classics..
However... That one, and all that I'd seen since, are plain too narrow. (For me: 48" chest, 5'11") You spend all night pressed against the cold steel rails left and right: uncomfortable, losing heat, and aware that turning over is a real mechanical challenge. That previous one also had only 3 legs, and a flimsy cotton "base", so every time I got in or out, it would flip, and threaten to tear and land me on the floor. The painted, roughly welded steel is also a bit shabby.
I just got this Kampa Slumber plus, and spent an hour this evening "testing" it. At 77 cm wide, lying on my back, my elbows do just touch the rails, but they're just resting lightly, not an issue.. On my side, no contact at all, I feel like I'm in a double bed... (Particularly in a Gelert XL sleep pod..). The base is a good solid nylon, and, supported by 4 legs, is very stable, and supportive: no worries climbing in or out. Long enough for me, and probably for another 2 inches, maybe even 3.. The build quality seems the best: ovoid steel rails, slotting together around aluminium billets, and the legs lock the rails together..
Obviously, it's not as light/small to carry as an air bed, but, it won't get a leak and be junk, and is marginally easier to set up. Also, so far, it seems not to have the "sweaty surface" effect of an air bed...
After some use.. I realise that it has a "hammock effect": it dips more where the weight is, and that is enough to cause lower back stiffness. SO, I downgraded it to 3 stars..