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Hest Dually Review

This deluxe mattress is ideal for a person who camps in their vehicle on a dedicated sleeping platform
Hest Dually
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Price:  $500 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Comfortable, warm, easy to use
Cons:  Heavy, huge packed size, not versatile, expensive
Manufacturer:   Hest
By Laurel Hunter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 27, 2021
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  • Comfort - 40% 10
  • Ease of Use - 20% 9
  • Warmth - 20% 9
  • Versatility - 10% 2
  • Packed Size - 10% 2

Our Verdict

Comprised of two layers of different density foam and zipped into a sturdy fabric case, this mattress cradles a tired body and relieves pressure points from the ground below while insulating from cold air and surfaces. While it has some convenient features and is very easy to use, it is massive to store and awkward to move around, so you won't want to move it too often or too far. Many tents will not be wide enough for this massive beast of a mattress, but if you camp in your van, truck, or trailer, this mattress will be a super cozy treat.

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Pros Comfortable, warm, easy to useWarm, comfortable, easy to inflateBed-like comfort, easy inflation, great valueVery comfortable, very warm, easy to usePacks to half the size of similar mattresses, easy to use, warm, comfortable
Cons Heavy, huge packed size, not versatile, expensiveLarge packed sizeToo big for some single person tentsLarge packed size, expensiveSlight bounciness, heavy
Bottom Line This deluxe mattress is ideal for a person who camps in their vehicle on a dedicated sleeping platformOur favorite option with easy to use valves and pump sack for easy inflationAll our favorite features we love from a camping mat at a great priceDeluxe and plush, this is a top choice for car camping comfortFour inches of foam camping mattress comfort that packs into a relatively small package
Rating Categories Hest Dually Therm-a-Rest MondoK... REI Co-op Camp Drea... Exped MegaMat 10 NEMO Roamer
Comfort (40%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Warmth (20%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
Versatility (10%)
2.0
7.0
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8.0
Packed Size (10%)
2.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Hest Dually Therm-a-Rest MondoK... REI Co-op Camp Drea... Exped MegaMat 10 NEMO Roamer
Dimensions 72 x 60 x 3.9 in 80 x 30 x 4.25 in 78 x 32 x 4 in 77.6 x 30.3 x 4 in 80 x 30 x 4 in
R Value Unavailable 7 6.6 8.1 6
Test Model Wide XXL XL Green LXWide XL Wide
Length 72 in 80 in 78 in 77.6 in 80 in
Width 60 in 30 in 32 in 30.3 in 30 in
Thickness 3.9 in 4.25 in 4 in 4 in 4 in
Weight 32 lbs 5.27 lbs 6.38 lbs 6.1 lbs 5.25 lbs
Type Self inflating Pump inflation Self Inflating Self inflating Self inflating
Packed Size (inches) 74 x 30 x 7.8 in 9 x 32 in 11 in x 30 in 9 in x 33 in 10.5 x 15 in
Bed Material Nylon stretch twill Polyester Stretch polyester 50D polyester with TPU polyether film laminate 50D stretch
Valves None TwinLock One valve Two valves Zero profile
Accessories None Stuff sack Air Pump/Pillow Mini pump, stuff sack, repair kit and manual Stuff sack
Breaths to Inflate N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Hest Dually Mattress is the closest thing to an actual mattress in this review. It does have a few features that make it slightly more portable and functional for camping, however. This mattress is large enough for two people, or one person and a dog, or even two people and a small dog, but definitely functions best in a vehicle or trailer as it is a bit unwieldy. Unique among camping mattresses, as well, the Dually is comprised of foam without any self-inflating features.

Performance Comparison


Best used on a sleeping platform, we found this mattress to be plush...
Best used on a sleeping platform, we found this mattress to be plush and insulating.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Comfort


The Dually is a large mattress made of equal parts of two different densities of foam that are welded together. The top layer is soft and plush memory foam, while the bottom layer is denser and more supportive. The total thickness is just under four inches.


There are two one-person sized slabs of this foam, each zipped inside a giant fabric case that hinges in the middle. This allows the mattress to be folded exactly in half so that it only takes up half the space (though it is, of course, double the height). It also keeps the sleeping surface cleaner.

Two layers of foam with different densities make for plush softness...
Two layers of foam with different densities make for plush softness on denser support.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

The surface that is next to the skin is a stretchy nylon material that flexes with your body as you sink into the memory foam. It is quiet and soft to the touch. The fine-knit material does allow dust to get into the foam, so if you are camping in a dusty, dry area, you will want to keep the mattress closed and off the ground when not in use.

The sleeping surface is covered with soft nylon while the bottom is...
The sleeping surface is covered with soft nylon while the bottom is rugged and durable.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Our testers found this foam combo to be truly comfortable. There is no air to add support, so if you prefer a firmer mattress, this may not work for you. But after a full day of hiking and exploring, we enjoyed settling into this rather luxurious bed. Though it works best on a platform, it protects well from rough objects on the ground. Because the mat is really two single mattresses that are held together in a fabric shell, two people can sleep without feeling any movement at all from the other person. The seam between the two parts is quite snug, so the foam parts did not separate, meaning no one falls into a crack.

Keep in mind that this camping mat is offered in two sizes: long or wide. We tested the wide version, which is 60 inches wide and six feet long, which is noticeably shorter than other camping mattresses that we tested. Taller campers may want to look at the long version. However, the long version is not as wide. While the foam can be pushed into some tight corners, make sure and measure your sleeping area to get a proper fit.

Ease of Use


Readying the Dually for use involves unbuckling two large plastic buckles and opening it flat. To store, you reverse the process. The only part that is not easy is maneuvering it around. Did we mention that it weighs 32 pounds? Even with the nylon carrying handles, you are moving 30 by 60 inches of floppy foam, so you are not going to want to carry it very far.


Two solid buckles aid in keep the mattress closed for transport.
Two solid buckles aid in keep the mattress closed for transport.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

It does feature two pockets in the front of the mattress that are sized perfectly for phones but are also handy for storing a headlamp or keys. The outer surface is polyurethane-coated nylon, which we found to be rugged and durable. Unless you are in the snow, camping is a dirty business, and our testers found that the soft nylon sleeping surface got dusty and dirty quite easily. The entire fabric cover can be zipped off for washing, but you will want to have a large, clean surface to stash your foam while you are doing this. Other than this, it is easy to clean.

There are two storage pockets, ideal for a phone, headlamp or keys.
There are two storage pockets, ideal for a phone, headlamp or keys.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Those campers that sleep in a van, truck, or trailer with a dedicated sleeping platform will get the best use out of this mattress, where storing it closed will provide needed extra space for adventure gear. The Dually ships with all the air squeezed out the foam, and you will want to allow it some time to expand back to full size before first use.

Warmth


The R-value of the Dually is not available, but four inches of solid foam is going to provide ample insulation for four-season camping. We tested in the spring in Central Oregon, where nighttime temperatures can often get below freezing, and our testers reported that it was always cozy and warm. The foam did not harden or lose its pliable feeling. We anticipate that it would be insulating in all but the harshest conditions.


Versatility


We have to admit that the Dually is not a versatile mattress. It doesn't really pack up, it is large and awkward to carry. You really need a truck or van to transport it, and storing it takes up quite a bit of space. It is probably too big for most tents, and you are definitely not carrying it into the backcountry. Ideally, this mattress can live in your vehicle's dedicated sleeping platform and not have to get hauled around.


However, if you are looking for the most comfortable guest bed you can find that is easier to store and move around than an actual mattress, this would be a fine choice.

This is not a petite mattress, and it isn't super easy to move...
This is not a petite mattress, and it isn't super easy to move around. But the handles and buckles do make it much easier.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

Packed Size


As you may have guessed, packed size is simply half the width of the unpacked size, while being twice as tall (nearly eight inches). It is huge.


Really it is folded in half rather than packed. This is quite handy if you are sleeping in your car and need extra space for transporting gear without getting your mattress dirty, but there is no option to roll up this mat for smaller storage, and the Dually does not shine in the packed size metric.

Folded in half, the sleeping surface is protected and you have more...
Folded in half, the sleeping surface is protected and you have more room for gear storage.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

This model works really well for two people or one person who likes a lot of space, but if you are camping with additional family members, storing more than one of these would take a massive amount of space.

Value


This is the most expensive mattress in our test; but if getting a fantastic night's sleep is your top priority and you are living in or spending a lot of nights in your vehicle, you may consider this to be an excellent investment — especially if you are playing hard in the outdoors and need a good nighttime recovery. It is easier to move than a standard mattress and has some features to make it camping-friendly. If you need a camping mattress that can be stashed away in a small space or offers more versatility, then it won't be a good value for you.

Conclusion


The Dually is admittedly not as versatile for general camping use. While we wouldn't want it to be our dedicated tent camping mattress, it is crazy comfortable and warm. If you are leaving the tent behind and want the best night's sleep you can buy, this mattress is our top pick for your tent trailer or for #vanlife.

So cozy for sleeping outside, just not very versatile.
So cozy for sleeping outside, just not very versatile.
Photo: Laurel Hunter

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