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Kelty Tru.Comfort Camp Bed Review

Snug as a bug in a rug.

By: Katie Y + Save to a List

My favorite season of the year in Tennessee came with some fun gear testing with the sleeping pad by Kelty called the Tru.Comfort. They have this pad available in a double size for those sweethearts, backpacker-mates or for those spread-eagle, hog-the-bed people who just want to have that California King size bed all to themselves in the back woods...nothing wrong with that. I, however, don't need all that jazz. The Tru.Comfort single bed is the perfect size for me.


A complaint I've heard from some tall hikers is the lack of long pads from companies. Their feet always hang off the edges and end up getting cold. That must suck. It reminds me of being a child and never wanting my foot to dangle off the bed out of the covers. That would have scared the bejesus out of me that a monster or bear could get them. Now as an adult, I'm thinking of "The Conjuring", and my vulnerable foot being caught by the paranormal. Too many scary movies these days! Being short myself, I've never had this problem or complaint, thankfully. Fear no more my jolly, hiker giants! Kelty's Tru.Comfort comes in giving that luxury you've been missing out on at 6ft 8in. Those dangling, cold, and vulnerable-to-the-monsters-of-the-night feet are in for a treat and safety now! 

The Tru.Comfort pad itself is enclosed in a cocoon-type bag that snaps around it. 

This bag actually becomes the pump for the sleeping pad and made the blow up process half the time for me! The instructions make it pretty simple to follow.   

Even without instructions, you could figure it out.   

Attaching the nozzle to the pad's opening, making sure I trapped some air in the bag, and keeping the nozzle straightened, I was able to pump the pad up in no time. The only complaint I had for the entire process was the fact I kept having to pull the nozzle a little, so it would stay straight and open for air to move through it to the pad.  

If the nozzle bent in the tiniest way, it would not let me push the air from the bag into the pad. I'd have to re-adjust the bag and nozzle each time I filled it with air to keep it from bending. To me this is not a dealbreaker in the least bit, as the overall process still saved me time and my own breath that would be necessary to blow up a pad.  

One of the things I always have to play with when it comes to a sleeping pad is too much or little air in a pad. I find this out usually in the middle of the night, when my back is hurting from either being too stiff from too much air in the pad or from it sagging too much and my hip is jutting into the ground. It sucks having to get up and re-adjust the pad sometimes. With the Tru.Comfort Camp Bed, the 4.75" base height gave me so much more space to play with that even if I put in too little air, there was enough height in the pad that I didn't have my hip jutting into the ground.  

The synthetic insulation also made for great quality for warmth and not zapping my heat from the ground. I like the idea of not turning into a White Walker at night. The construction of the pad really helped even out the bumps and level of the ground. The material felt sturdy enough that I didn't feel like one sharp rock would bust it. I did feel like it was slightly noisy during the night, as I tossed and turned from my side sleeping positions. To be honest though, I haven't really found a sleeping pad that didn't crunch and crackle as I move around.  


I think this pad really gives me a great sound sleep, however, I probably wouldn't be taking it on my multi-day backpacking trips. It does weigh in close to 5 lbs and packed dimensions are around 18 inches in length, which in my opinion is okay, since I would be using this for local, drive-up campsites.

Given the weekends I've spent on it so far during the fall, I can't say I'd pick any other sleeping pad for a great night's rest! Click HERE to read more about it and give it a go!

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