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Trying the Outwell Starland Sleep System

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The Outwell Starland is a sleep system and a very comfortable one at that.

Inflatable air beds have been around for years. At one time, this was mainly what we used, though, in more recent years, we’ve been preferring self-inflating mats, like the Outwell Dreamboat or Deepsleep.

So when I saw the new Outwell Starland Sleep System from Outwell, I was very intrigued. Fortunately, Outwell agreed to send one over to us to get a better look 🙂

The Problem with Most Airbeds

Airbeds are easy. They inflate easy enough (especially if you use an electric pump), and they are much more comfortable than sleeping on the old foam mats.

However, there are a couple of problems.

The first, especially in double air beds, they can be a little bit bouncy. The other person moves and you are bouncing around all over the place.

The other, and more concerning problem, is that they can get rather cold. The air in the bed cools when placed on the ground, and that can then cool you down in the night.

This not only makes you cold but in some cases, can cause some condensation to build up between you and the bed. Now you are cold and wet!

Many airbeds try to avoid this problem by making the top side ‘flocked’ so it feels like fabric and provides a bit of insulation. You can also get airbeds with lots of chambers to try and reduce the bouncing. However, they are generally not as comfortable as a large self-inflating mat, like the Outwell Dreamboat.

The Outwell Starland Sleep System – Not Just an Airbed

The Outwell call the Starland a sleep system. It’s a set of components that work together to bring you the benefits of an air bed, such as being quick to inflate and deflate, but with a cover that gets rid of some of the airbed problems.

At the heart of the Starland an airbed. It has a large valve that makes it easy to inflate and deflate.

The valve of the airbed

The Starland has a large valve for easy inflation and deflation

Blowing air into the Starland

Easy to inflate, but would have been even easier with an electric pump 😉

The airbed is encased in an outer fabric shell. The top of this shell is very plush and insulated.

Close-up photo of the fabric top

The Outwell Starland has this plush fabric fleecy top.

The insulated fabric top help prevent the coldness that can accompany airbeds.

On the underside of the Starland you’ll find a non-slip coating. Airbeds can sometimes move around, and this bottom will help prevent that.

The underside of the Outwell Starland

On the underside of the Starland is this non-slip material.

How does it solve the bouncing double airbed problem?

So how does the Outwell Starland address the problem of a bouncing double bed? Well, quite simply.

Along the sides of the Starland, you’ll find a zip. If you want a double, you simply zip two of them together. Now, if one person moves in the night, the other person is less likely to bounce around as they are supported by their own individual airbed. Simple 🙂

The zip on the side of the Starland

You can zip two Starlands together to make a double

Bonus Repair Kit

The Starland comes in a bag with a shoulder carry strap. And inside that bag, is a repair kit.

This consists of an adhesive patch to help with any punctures, scissors to cut the patch to size, and even a small sewing kit if you need to repair the fabric cover.

The Starland Repair Kit

It comes with a repair patch, small scissors, and a small sewing kit. Ideal for any accidents at the campsite to repair both the air bed and cover.

Packing away the Outwell Starland

Now, some people struggle with SIMs and Airbeds to get them back in their bag. Fortunately, the Starland is easy to put away. Just follow these steps.

Opening the valve

Unscrew the large valve. This lets out a lot of air quickly.

Measure up with the bag

The bed is about twice the width of the bag.

Folding the bed in half

Fold in half

Rolling up the bed

Roll it up from the opposite end to the valve.

It's back in the bag

And it’s back in the bag 🙂

Verdict on the Starland

So, at the time of writing this, I have only slept on it for one night, and that was with the Starland on top of a campbed! ?

The Starland on a campbed

Trying the Outwell Starland on the Outwell Laguna Hills L Campbed.

The bed was very comfortable and combined with the camp bed, felt like a mattress at home.

It wasn’t too narrow either, with a width of 78cm.

I must say, I was really impressed with this, and happily give it the thumbs up.

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8.8Expert Score
The Outwell Starland is a sleep system and a very comfortable one at that.
Quality
10
Value for Money
7.5
PROS
  • Comfortable
  • Insulated Top
  • Anti-slip Bottom
  • Quick to inflate and deflate
CONS
  • A little pricey for an airbed.

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Specification: Trying the Outwell Starland Sleep System

Pack Size

37 x 20cm

Dimensions
Weight 2.1 kg
Dimensions 195 × 78 × 14 cm

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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