Not surprisingly, we found the best reviews of the REI Camp Bed 3.5 sleeping pad at REI.com, where more than three dozen owners review and rate it. The reviews are especially useful since the main pros and cons are consolidated by REI staff. The REI Camp Bed 3.5 is also the top pick in a comparison review of seven sleeping pads at WestFly.com, a site devoted to fly fishing and camping. This sleeping pad is also discussed in detail in a forum at GroundSpeak.com.
Reviews give the REI Camp Bed 3.5 top marks as a budget sleeping pad for car camping, where weight isn't a concern because you're not backpacking in your gear. Dual valves quickly self-inflate the pad to a luxurious 3.5-inch thickness, and owners say the cover really is non-slip. It's plenty long at 76 inches, but a bit narrow. If price is no object, the Therm-a-Rest DreamTime XL (*est. $200) is five inches wider and even better insulated.
More than three dozen owners give the REI Camp Bed 3.5 rave reviews, including several with back problems who find this sleeping pad extremely comfortable.
Review: REI Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Pad, Contributors to REI.com
This comparison review of seven sleeping pads is based mostly on features, and it concludes that the REI Camp Bed 3.5 offers the most comfort for the money.
Review: Sleeping Pads, Scott Richmond, Aug. 23, 2006
This forum discusses the REI Camp Bed 3.5, comparing it with several other sleeping pads. One owner says that even though it's heavy, the Camp Bed 3.5 gives him a better night's sleep than the Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4.
Review: Gear Review, Contributors to GroundSpeak.com forums