The Windcatcher Air Pad team successfully raised nearly $150K on Kickstarter this month thanks to an innovative sleeping pad inflation design you probably haven’t seen before. The video below really speaks for itself but here’s the jist:
The Air Pad sports an oversized, one-way inflation valve you place *near* your face to inflate, and in just a few breaths the air mattress is full of air. It appears part of the magic is the lightweight material used for the mattress itself. Seeing the air pad in the video reminded me of opening up a garbage bag by pulling it through the air with just a couple shakes. The oversized valve seems to be built off a similar concept (though the video makes it sound a bit more scientific).
The other innovation here is the closure system that involves straps to keep the valve closed while you sleep. Clearly there’s nothing worse than a camp mattress that loses air as you sleep! The oversized valve also makes deflation quick and easy as well.
The company is set to sell the Air Pad for $120, though Kickstarter and other early backers were able to reserve theirs for $90.
Your Turn: Is the Air Pad truly as revolutionary as the video makes it look?