Gear Review: REI Flash Insulated Air Mattress

September 3, 2013  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , ,   |   4 Comments

NOTE: Click here for my review of the updated, 2017 version of the REI Flash Insulated Air Mattress.

Air Mattress
REI Flash Insulated Air Mattress
$119, 1 lb. 1 oz. (regular, with stuff sack)
Sizes: regular (20.5x72x2.5 inches) and long (25x77x2.5 inches)

Comfortable, packable, light, and user friendly, at a good price—that was my verdict after I used this air mat on a five-day backpacking trip in Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness and a six-day hike in Sequoia National Park. It has a quality that’s important in an air mattress—durability: Thanks to the 30-denier ripstop polyester fabric and welded construction, I slept under the stars on pebbly gravel at Columbine Lake in Sequoia, and used it nightly in my chair kit sitting around campsites, without the Flash springing a leak.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: REI Flash Insulated Air Mattress

  1. senrap   |  September 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Michael – Thanks for your review. I had drecently purchase the REI Flash mattress and have also found it to be a great, lightweight sleep aid. I would like to know what chair kit you were using that worked with the Flash. I can’t get it to fit in my older Thermarest chair kit.

  2. Alisa Bondurant (@Giveback2day)   |  September 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Great timing Michael. Chris and I were about to throw in the towel on tent camping as our old bodies were aching after sleeping on our sleeping pads. I’m going to buy a couple of these and give tent camping another whirl.

    • MichaelALanza   |  September 10, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Good to hear that, Alisa. You guys can’t give it up yet! Besides, I thought Chris was a fan of suffering outdoors.

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