REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL ($179)

Double-wide and extremely comfortable, Exped’s premium self-inflating sleeping pad provides an excellent night's sleep for two

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Self-inflating mat

78 x 32 x 4 in. (XL)

6 lbs. 6 oz.


Spacious, comfortable, and reasonably priced for what you get.

Wide and bulky; valve is leak-prone.

Car camping allows you to enhance your sleeping ease, and the REI Camp Dreamer XL is the perfect example. The mattress is extremely spacious at 32 inches, extremely comfy with 4 inches of padding off the floor, and comfortable enough for all three seasons conditions, and has an R-Value that is 6.6. At $179, the REI is more than $51 lower that The Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D above and 7 inches larger in addition. If you’re looking to experience luxurious camping experience that is comparable to sleeping in a hotel The REI Camp Dreamer XL is the ideal choice.

What are the weaknesses in the Camp Dreamer? It is, for one, an enormous mat that occupies plenty of space, even it is packed down. It’s also it is a heavy one with a weight of more than 6 pounds. Some may think that the dimensions are too big. Many mats for camping are about 25 inches in size, which is enough unless you regularly move and toss. Then there has been numerous problems with durability and leaks and this makes the REI not as distinctive in comparison to other brands like MondoKing, DeepSleep, and Comfort Deluxe SI. For clarity, we consider that it’s a good choice. Camp Dreamer is a good price for the quality you get However, serious campers or those who are very strict with their equipment are likely to pay more for Therm-a-Rest, the Exped, or the Sea to Summit.