The LuxuryMap from Therma-Rest is another excellent auto-inflating mat for camping. At around $50 more expensive than the XL version of the REI Camp Bed above, you have a more robust construction (by 0.5 inches. ) as well as distinct inflation and deflation valves (the REI only has one) as well as the usual high-end construction and sturdy foam cushioning. Overall, the LuxuryMap’s 3-inch thickness doesn’t compare to the most luxurious options like the Therm-aRest’s MondoKing as well as its Exped MegaMat above, but the LuxuryMap’s robust soft lining, soft padding and easy-to-use twist valves will get the job done on most camping trips.
In the Therm-aRest lineup, The LuxuryMap offers a good value, however we believe there are better alternatives that are available. For instance it is the REI Camp Dreamer XL above surpasses the LuxuryMap in terms of size (by 1 in. ), thickness (by 1 inch. ) and the width (by 7 inches. ) as well as the best sleeping platform thanks to its sidewalls that are vertical–all for just $11 more. Also, the $150 REI Camp Bed has a more favourable R-value (7.6) and only makes minor sacrifices to sleep comfort. It’s worth noting that therm-aRest also offers an affordable design for the form of their basecamp ($110 to the standard size) however its less durable 2-inch frame and single valve makes it less appealing we think.