I bought this last week, January 2021. I used it last weekend on top of a wooden platform in the back of my Hiace van. I inflated it “automatically” by unscrewing the four valves. It inflated in five minutes. VERY VERY comfortable. More so than my very expensive home mattress. Possibly the most comfortable mattress I ever slept on. BUT, deflation time came. How to do that “automatically” as advertised? I searched the carry bag.No instructions. I was in a wireless available area, so I watched a YouTube video, which covered inflation, but not def...lation. If there is an automatic way of deflation I could not figure it out. I am a large strong man, so I managed to crush it with the help of the straps that came with it and get it small enough to get it in the bag. It wasn’t easy or automatic. When I got home I was able to suck out the air using an industrial vacuum and make it usefully compact. Is there an automatic or even a better way to deflate? I notice others have this problem.
Purchased in January 2021.
We have had this for a few years now and it has been a fantastic mat. Top is flocked so comfortable to sleep on directly if necessary.
We never hit the ground when we sleep on them so the other reviewer must have had a leak or not done the bungs up. We arent small people either.
The outer is attached to the inner to stop it moving so again, the other poster must have a faulty one. Better than others we looked at in terms of quality of materials and design. We camp weekly so it has had a lot of use in all sorts of conditions.
Great thickness (better than most). Inflate quickly and pretty easy to roll up. Waterprood too and easy to clean.
Can't fault it.
Barely ok, really needs some improvement
With self inflating mats, you have bonded, and non bonded. Bonded means the outside plastic is adhered to the foam, so the foam cant move inside and the thickness stays similar when you're on it. Non bonded means there's a cut of foam, inside an air mattress.
This is a non bonded, so when you get on it, your body sinks down to the ground, and the surrounding mattress balloons up. The whole idea of having air in there is useless, when you're on it, it just moves around. You may as well just buy a cut of 12mm foam.
The only good thing abou...t having the plastic on the foam, is you can push the air out as you roll it up, close the valves and tie it up, and it stays nice and taught. where as a roll of foam would be trying to expand and would be a pain to roll. It's pretty sweaty sleeping on these things, as you're just sleeping on a layer of plastic on foam. sleeping on foam normally is better as you're body can breath a little. Adding a mattress topper to this 4x4 matt makes it a lot better, or ideal a woollen underlay, as wool wicks moisture away better. Unfortunately at our big camping stores in aus we don't have a whole lot of options, and BCF doesn't like to use other brands than wanderer, so you don't have much choice!
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Questions & Answers
Are there any instructions specific to the Wanderer Extreme Self Inflating mattress in regard to deflating
What is the easiest and most efficient way to deflate and pack mattress back into its carry bag?
Roll the mattress up tightly. I start the rolling at the end without the valves (which are at the far end and all out ie open), then I progressively roll and kneel on the rolled up part of the mattress as I go. When I get to the end I kneel on the rolled up mattress, insert and close the two side bungs, fit and tighten the two straps and then insert and close the two end bungs. The mattress then fits into its carry bag easily and will not expand. The hardest part is getting the first rolling done tightly enough.
Just bought a Q size mattress but it has no instructions with it. How do you inflate and deflate? There are 4 bungs but I’m not sure whether to open all or only 2 for inflation ?
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