The NEMO Roamer. It’s comfy, it’s warm, it’s durable, it’s easy to set up, and—perhaps best of all—it easily fits in your car trunk. That’s the picture of perfection when it comes to camping, so if you read just one review in this gear guide, let it be this.
It starts with the sort of comfort that makes you forget you’re outside in the first place. The Roamer is 4 inches thick and does a good impression of memory foam when side sleepers dig their hips in. It also has the most generous dimensions in this lineup—78 inches long and 30 inches wide—so larger campers and thrashers can spread out. One tester even deemed it broad enough for sharing with her 3-year-old.
But if there’s a truism with sleeping pads, it’s that the cushier the mat, the harder it is to set up—and fit in your car. By such laws of physics, the Roamer should fail miserably in both areas, but it doesn’t. Thanks to dual valves (one for inflation and the other for deflation) and NEMO’s proprietary foam-lined, internal air channels (called Flow Core™ construction), you don’t need superhero lungs to blow up this pad. It self-inflates in about five minutes, then top it off with a few lungfuls, and it’s good to go.