The 16 cm version of the Outwell Dreamboat self-inflating camping mat is soooooo comfortable! It gets the Thumbs Up award.
We’ve reviewed the 7.5 cm Outwell Dreamboat before, as well as the much older double Outwell Dreamboat we bought many years ago.
The Outwell Dreamboat has always been an extremely comfortable self-inflating mat. The 7.5 cm Dreamboat really shone when compared to even deeper mats from other brands.
Well, this year, 2020, Outwell have brought out an even deeper version at 16 cm. And luckily, they agreed to send us one to review. 🙂
Outwell Dreamboat Single 16 cm Review Video
We want all families to enjoy camping. But if you have someone in your family who thinks camping is roughing it and refuses to go, then you might go some way to convincing them with a great sleeping mat. At least, get them to try it at home first as we did in the video.
So let’s look at the new 16 cm Dreamboat from the view of non-campers who think sleeping when camping is either too cold, too hot, and on a hard floor that gives them backache.
Keeping you warm
While you can get sleeping bags to keep you warm at night, in general people get cold when sleeping in the tent due to the ground. The ground in the UK is cold, and if you don’t have enough insulation under you, the cold ground can suck the heat right out of your body.
Many campers use an inflatable air bed, but during the night, the cold ground chills the air inside the bed, which makes them cold. Have you ever woken up in the early hours feeling cold? This could be why.
So how does the Outwell Dreamboat keep you warm?
Well, firstly, within that 16 cm of depth, the Dreamboat has insulating foam. But, for cold weather, the mat has extra insulation on one side to keep you warm, so make sure you have the cold symbol showing on the side you sleep on.
For those who want the technical details, this cold side has an R-Value of 5.1. This means that the Outwell Dreamboat has been independently tested to keep the average female comfortable down to -16C!!
By the way, they test the rating for women, as ladies tend to feel the cold more.
independently tested to keep the average female comfortable down to -16C!!
But not too warm
Another complaint from a non-camper who has experienced camping on warm summer nights might be that it gets too hot to sleep.
Well, turn the Outwell Dreamboat over so that the warm symbol is on the top.
When the bed is this way around, there is less insulation next to your body, plus the built-in air tubes closer to the surface in summer mode. Remember the cooling effect of air beds? Well, Outwell have used that on this side of the mat to help take the excess heat away from your body.
Comfort is very subjective. Some people like firmer beds; others softer. No one likes the cold, hard, lumpy floor of the campsite.
Well, with 16 cm depth, that’s not going to be an issue. The princess from the Princess and the Pea children’s story would get a good night’s sleep with if she’d had this 16 cm Outwell Dreamboat 😉
What’s more, you can make the bed firmer or softer by simply adjusting the amount of air in it.
But can I use the Outwell Dreamboat on a camp-bed?
Yes, if you have the right camp bed.
With the mattress on a bed, you are up off the ground. For some people, this makes getting in and out of the bed much easier.
And this really does make camping feel like sleeping at home.
You do need to have the correct size bed for this very large self-inflating mat, as well as making sure the mat is secured to the bed.
We tried it on the large Outwell Laguna Hills L folding camp bed, which is the correct size for this mat, plus the bed has elastic straps to hold the mat in place.
16 cm Outwell Dreamboat Pack Size
OK, so the 16 cm Outwell Dreamboat is comfortable, warm or cool, and can make it feel like sleeping at home. But how big is it when folded? Will it even fit in my car?
Testing the previous 7.5 cm Outwell Dreamboat, especially when compared to other brands, I was really impressed with how small the pack size was. Yes, it’s still larger than very small back-packing SIMs, but this mat is for family camping with a car or van, not back-packing.
Obviously, with 16 cm of insulation, the pack size is larger but not as large as you might think. Officially, it’s 81 cm long with a 25 cm diameter when folded. That’s really good for a mat of this size.
However, I found after the first time I rolled it back up, the diameter was more like 30 cm. But with leaving the valves in deflate mode, that could squash down a little further.
Inflating – does it self-inflate?
Despite these types of mats being called self-inflating, they rarely do.
I simply leave the valves in open mode, put the mat in the tent’s bedroom, and leave it until later. I’ve found that this 16 cm mat inflates itself quite well, better than the 7.5 cm Dreamboat.
I can leave the mat, set-up the rest of the tent, and come back later to top up the air to make it firmer.
Is it easy to roll up?
Set the valves to deflate, give it some gentle folds to expel the air, then roll it up from the opposite end to the valves.
How does the 16 cm Outwell Dreamboat compare with other mats?
Well, as you may have guessed by now, I love this SIM 😀
Now the downside: it is relatively expensive compared to airbeds and smaller SIMs, which is not surprising given how much deeper this is. However, it’s a similar price to other large SIMs, and if you shop around, you can get it much cheaper than the RRP of £250.
Yes, Outwell sent us this one to review, so we didn’t pay for it (yay!). However, we did buy the double Dreamboat before, so it is something we’d invest in and recommend.
We consider it a great upgrade to our camping kit.
This definitely gets the Thumbs Up award.
We would like to thank Outwell for providing us with a sample to review. More details can be found on the Outwell website.
- Very comfortable
- Great insulation for colder weather
- Not too warm for summer camping
- Valves to make inflating and deflating easier
- Packs down to a relatively good size for such a large mat
- Not cheap, but you might think a good investment
Specification: Wow! 16 cm Outwell Dreamboat – Extremely Comfortable