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Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Review

   

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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: October 31, 2012
Street Price:   $189
Pros:  Incredibly comfortable, memory foam top, washable liner, very warm.
Cons:  Cover gets dirty easily
Best Uses:  Car camping.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Therm-a-Rest
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 5, 2012  
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This product has been replaced by the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Dream.


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Most recent review: October 31, 2012
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   Oct 31, 2012 - 01:30pm
pschwa · Hiker · Washington, DC
I actually bought my first Dreamtime (an XL sized one) just before my wife gave birth to our daughter, having heard from various sources that the couch/bed thing they have in the hospital room for husbands to sleep on are awful (one example - a former WWII-era submariner turned crotchety OB/GYN said it was worse than canvas sub bunk set up in a torpedo room). I had a feeling my old Thermarest Guidelight wouldn't cut it, the review of the Dreamtime on Outdoor Gear Lab seemed like a ringing endorsement, plus I wanted to take advantage of a great excuse to buy some admittedly pricey gear. The Dreamtime worked out perfectly, and I slept great (even without the benefit of the Fentanyl drip that my wife had going through an epidural following a C-Section).

I later bought a second Dreamtime (an L size), which, when coupled to my XL one using the included sewn-on straps and snaps, creates a 55 x 77 inch behemoth mattress that covers the entire width, and all but about a foot and a half of the length, of our older Sierra Designs Meteor Light 2 tent (a big 2-person three-season backpacking tent that we also use for car camping). I cannot begin to describe how comfortable this setup is. It is extremely warm and cushy, and between the webbing straps and snaps, there is no way for a gap to form between the coupled pads. This is great if you and your close friend have your sleeping bags zipped together - neither one of you has to suffer the indignity of slipping down between the pads onto the cold tent floor. Also, having almost the entire floor of a tent covered by the Dreamtime pads is unbelievably welcoming on a cold, wet day when you are trapped in the tent, especially with a restless 10 month-old romping around inside.

One note on cleaning the microfiber top of the cover - if you are really picky about it collecting dirt, hair, and down), get one of those velour-style lint brushes (not a sticky roller type) and use it to brush of the cover every now and then. It takes only about a minute to brush off a whole XL size pad, it can be done at camp without the need of a vacuum, washer, or other electric gadget, and it gets the top of the cover looking practically as clean as it was when new.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Mar 3, 2012 - 02:48pm
Butch · Kayaker · Central California
I have the XL version that I use with the Therm a Rest fitted sheet & large Ventra down comforter and it rocks!!! Any problems with the cover getting dirty are completely eliminated with the fitted sheet, the sheet has snaps and attaches neatly to the pad cover, then the comforter snaps to the sheet. It really is the perfect sleep system and the sheet is easily removed for washing which means keeping things clean without the hassle of removing the pad cover. If you seek ultimate comfort while in camp BUY THIS SETUP!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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