SIMs can provide a much better night’s sleep than air beds, but you might find them difficult to put away. Now there’s a solution to that problem.
When we started family camping all those years ago, the only real option for sleeping was the airbed.
Fortunately, camping technology has moved on somewhat. We’ve been really impressed with the family camping Self-Inflating Mats from Outwell, as they are both comfortable and provide good ground insulation – something air beds can’t do.
However, a lot of people find it difficult to get all the air out of the mats before putting them away, and this is especially the case for the larger family camping SIMs.
Well, Outwell has come up with another innovation, the Outwell Air Flow Control Valve, that makes it a lot easier to inflate and deflate self-inflating mats.
The Outwell Air Flow Control Valve
The Outwell Air Flow Control Valve is a great bit of design, and much easier to use than the traditional self-inflating mat valves.
Switch the valve to the middle position, and air can flow in and out of the SIM. You leave one valve in this position to let the mat self-inflate.
Then, simply switch it so that it says ‘Airtight’ and the valve will let air in but not out. You can even blow into the valve when it is set to ‘Airtight’ to make the mat firmer.
To deflate, well, it’s pretty obvious: you simply switch the valve to ‘Deflate’. Now it will let the air out, but not in.
This makes it so much easier to pack away self-inflating mats with this valve. With traditional valves, the mat would be trying to reinflate itself as you tried to put it away. Not anymore for SIMs that have the Air Flow Control Valve.
Using the Valve on the Outwell Deepsleep Double
Outwell sent us over an Outwell Deepsleep Double SIM to put the valve to the test.
The Outwell Deepsleep is very comfortable self-inflating mat. This one is 7.5cm thick, has a brushed fabric top, and an R-Value of 7.7.
If you use this SIM with the new Outwell Inlayzzz bedroom carpet, as shown in the picture, which has an R-Value of 1-1, you are going to have a much warmer night when the weather turns cooler.
How to fold up the Outwell Deepsleep
Here are some simple steps to getting the Outwell Deepsleep back into its bag.
First, switch the Outwell Air Flow Control Valves to Deflate.
Then, fold the Outwell Deepsleep in half, making the width of a single SIM.
Gradually fold the SIM to get the air out. Use your weight to help it deflate quicker.
Unfold the SIM but keep it folded down the centre. You now need to roll up the Deepsleep SIM, starting at the end of the SIM that doesn’t have the valves.
Grab the compression straps and secure them around your rolled-up SIM.
Finally, pop it in the bag.
Many thanks to Outwell for providing us with a Deepsleep to test out the new Air Flow Control Valve. All opinions are our own.
Click here for more details on the Outwell Deepsleep and Air Flow Control Valve.
- The Outwell Deepsleep double is a great self-inflating mat for family camping. And now even easier to use with the new Outwell Air Flow Control Valve.
- Of course, it's a lot more expensive than an air bed, but we think you'll have a better night's sleep with one of these.
Specification: Outwell Deepsleep Double with a new Easy-to-Use Valve
Where to Buy: Outwell Deepsleep Double with a new Easy-to-Use Valve