This is the innovative NEMO Cosmo Air inflatable sleeping pad. Nice sprawling dimensions on this pad, so a comfortable base, but also packs down small and under two pounds. It is certainly suitable for three season back packing.
One of the things that immediately jumps out on the Cosmo Air are the horizontal baffles. So instead of the vertical baffles you find on many inflatable sleeping pads, you have a much more stable base on this pad. Rather than it feeling kind of that bouncing pool raft feel you settle in such a way that it is just a more comfortable night of sleep than you would find on a more traditional pad.
You may also notice that this top baffle is much thicker than the standard three inches you have got on the other baffles. This really is intended almost to be a pillow. So lift your head slightly. Again, just a little bit of ergonomics built directly into the pad.
The Cosmo Air is both wider and longer than many inflatable pads that you will find that are still suitable backpacking usage. So 25 inches wide, 76 inches in length. So much bigger sleeping base than you find on many similarly built pads.
Really solid 75 D poly construction on the pad so while it feels nice next to skin, it also is extremely durable. The most innovative feature on the Cosmo Air is this integrated foot pump. Whenever you are introducing moist air to the interior of a pad you are potentially jeopardizing the life span of that pad. That moisture can kind of build up inside and start to wear away at the internal construction of that pad. With this integrated foot pad, not only do you not have to expend the energy to blow up the pad, you are not introducing that moist air. So there are valves here on the pump that you open to inflate. So open those. And I am stepping right here. And there are instructions right on the pad. You step in such a manner that you have allowed air into the pump and then you have pushed it into the pad. When you lift your foot, again, the pump itself opens up, will take in more air that you can push into the interior of the pad. But it won’t allow air to escape from the pad.
At the other end of the pad there is a more traditional valve at one corner. If you do feel like you want just a little bit more firmness and do want to introduce a little bit of air, you have got that valve to do so. Again, for me, I actually prefer to sink into a pad a little bit, so I may use that valve, but not to introduce air, just to let a little air out and fine tune the firmness of that pad. Really easy pull closure on that.
On the other side is a valve more similar to those at the bottom. This is referred to as a dump valve. Basically when you are ready to pack up and go you pull that valve, nice broad opening so this deflates very quickly, very easily. Roll it up and you are on your way.
NEMO does include a storage sack that allows the pad to pack down to nine inches by four and a half inches. Again, certainly a manageable packed size to go with the manageable packed weight that makes the Cosmo inflatable sleeping pad a great option for three season backpacking.
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