SIMs Vs air beds. REALLY??

(38 Posts)
zinglebertbembledank Thu 31-Jul-14 21:10:18

Please reassure me. I've invested in some pricey SIMs for us, and slightly cheaper for the DCs.

But they seem so thin.

Are they really going to be better than our old airbed?

Just a bit nervous about our first trip with them next week, and I'm tempted to chuck in the air bed as well if there's room.

ObfusKate Thu 31-Jul-14 21:12:14

Why not try sleeping on one? If indoors they shouldn't get dirty.

What ones have you got zingle? We invested in some thermarest ones and they are Fab. They're not very think - maybe 4cm? But I was really impressed with the quality of sleep and even on my side with curvy hips was comfy smile

MissWimpyDimple Thu 31-Jul-14 21:16:27

I'm a recent convert too. I'm about to upgrade to an outwell dreamcatcher 7cm. Which ones did you get?

zinglebertbembledank Thu 31-Jul-14 21:18:32

I can't remember exactly which ones they are - bought them ages ago and they're not down from the loft yet.

But I know I got 10cm ones for me and DP.

Good to know you rate them as good for enormo hips Queen!

profpoopsnagle Thu 31-Jul-14 21:20:41

I have never found air beds very comfy (but then I do like a firm bed) and they can be much colder without blankets etc).

One of the best things about SIMS is that you open the valve, and then open a beer. No pumps, no dragging them to the car for that noisy blowy thing, no let downs in the night....

Having used them for 12 years plus I would never go back.

zinglebertbembledank Thu 31-Jul-14 21:23:17

okay okay, you're talking me round grin

ObfusKate Thu 31-Jul-14 21:25:17

Are SIMs less prone to that thing where DP gets up in the middle of the night for a wee to make the morning cup of tea and you drop like a stone and hit the ground hard?

Sherborne Thu 31-Jul-14 21:35:31

DW raves and raves about our SIM (and I like it as well). It is very thin, but it is like a firm mattress topper, doesn't have the awful lumps and bumps.

We use it for everything now, visiting relatives (even if they offer an air bed), camping, kids sleepovers. It really is so much better than the old air bed.

yes kate soooo much better - none of that at all smile

Lifestooshorttosleep Thu 31-Jul-14 22:13:29

I found them surprisingly better than I thought and so much less faffing around than airbeds

ObfusKate Thu 31-Jul-14 22:30:24

Thanks ColouringInQueen.

RelocatorRelocator Thu 31-Jul-14 22:47:44

I much prefer a SIM to an airbed. I hate airbeds.

zinglebertbembledank Thu 31-Jul-14 22:56:16

must remember to open the valves...

And then, when we pack up, do we, er close them?? or just roll em up?

<idiot>

hillbilly Thu 31-Jul-14 23:02:47

You can also blow some extra air into a SIM to make it thicker. They should be stored unrolled too. Mine aren't grin

anotherdayanothersquabble Thu 31-Jul-14 23:09:22

Which brands do you all have? I am still unconvinced and DS2 gets asthma from the material on the airbeds so we might have to try something else.

We got some but I didn't like them at all, sorry... not sure if they are just poor-quality ones (though they weren't cheap!) or what but it just felt hard to me and like I could feel all the bumps in the ground. We now have an airbed which although it's not the best I've tried, is still better (for me at least) than the SIM.

DH would say his SIM was fine... but then frankly he could probably sleep on a rock at the bottom of a waterfall so that's not saying much grin

evelynj Thu 31-Jul-14 23:16:30
DoristheCamel Thu 31-Jul-14 23:17:47

I also tried and didnt like. Found them narrow and could feel lumps and bumps under them. Ecen in my friends spare room on her £100plus one she swaers is fab - I was not that impressed. Am back to my double height airbed

I put cardboard or roll mats underneath my airbed and an old duvet on top (under a fitted sheet) and its fine. Not cold at all and so comfy.

zinglebertbembledank Thu 31-Jul-14 23:34:56

I could see how narrowness would be a problem.

I guess I'm searching the internet for answers that it can't provide: will we be ok on SIMs? Answer: to be revealed grin

MissWimpyDimple Thu 31-Jul-14 23:38:19

On 10cm sims. Yes absolutely you will be fine. On 3cm, well that's not so great.

It's horses for courses really grin

hz Fri 01-Aug-14 00:13:38

There is a knack to getting them back in their bags. Undo valve and roll as tightly as possible. Close valve, unroll and roll again, which should squeeze left over air to the end. Open valve, while holding mattress firmly rolled up, then put some weight on it to get rid of the rest of the air then do valve up again. Bingo. Should now fit in stuff sack but if not repeat one more time!

MinimalistMommi Sat 02-Aug-14 14:15:38

A megamat is both a SIM and an air bed, it's is 10cm of pure comfort, I love mine!
m.youtube.com/watch?v=3g7YuFtAvME

ElPolloDiabolo Sat 02-Aug-14 17:21:07

Are they any good for the bonking?

A 7.5 Vango, specifically?

<child-free camping trip approaches>

GobblersKnob Sat 02-Aug-14 17:23:36

My sims are only 3cm and they are still 100x more comfy than my airbeds (which are the naice Coleman Comfort no roll together ones).

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