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Aspen Times Weekly: SpeedValve, a new way to inflate camp pads

by Stephen Regenold



Take a deep breath. Now, purse your lips and exhale into the gaping “valve” a few inches in front of your face. The magic is about to begin.

A new line of camping mattresses from Therm-a-Rest seem to defy the laws of physics. A few breaths directed into the open mouth of the company’s just-released SpeedValve will inflate an air mattress in seconds.

Normally, a mattress of this size would require dozens of short breaths forced in through a small valve. Or, with some pads, you can open a valve and let air slowly “seep” in over several minutes before topping it off to full pressure with your lungs.

The SpeedValve is different. It is a faster and better way to blow up a pad. In as few as four big breaths I was able to inflate a large and thick mattress to the amazement of my fellow campers.

For more on this product, visit Stephen Regenold is the founder and writes about outdoors gear for Gear Junkie.

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