Are you looking to dip your toes into the water of the overlanding world with an overnight trip? If you are, all you need is either a ground tent, rooftop tent, camper shell, teardrop trailer, RV, or maybe a repurposed school bus. All sound like simple choices right?
Well if that seems too overwhelming or out of the budget, Luno has a very simple solution: the Air Mattress 2.0. Even the name is simple! Luno makes air mattresses designed for a number of different vehicles, but I’ll be highlighting their mattress designed to fit the back of a 5th Gen 4Runner that is equipped with a third row seat. Since the mattress is designed specifically for the 4Runner, it maximizes the amount of sleeping area you have to help give you a cozy and restful night of sleep.
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Specs + Features
The Luno Air Mattress 2.0 is a lightweight, easy-to-pack air mattress that allows you to use the rear of your vehicle as a bed. This provides you with a safe, dry, and somewhat climate-controlled sleeping space.
It has a two-chamber design in order to provide the options for solo campers or multiple people to best utilize the space. If you’re camping alone, inflate one side and fold the other underneath in order to keep all your gear on the other half of the back. Having a camping night with a friend or partner? Fill up both sides and now you’ve got room for everybody!
The mattress comes with an air pump that plugs into the lighter outlet and can inflate the mattress in about 5 minutes. The pump can also help draw the air out of the mattress when it’s time to pack up. One great feature of the Luno designs are the Base Extenders. These two small cube mattresses fill the footwell space between the back seat and the front seat. This provides support underneath the top end of the mattress to really maximize every inch of space. The mattress is made from 300-denier fabric, which means it’s thick and durable. I could definitely feel that right out of the bag, it felt hefty but in a good way. I am confident this mattress will hold up over time
When it’s time to pack up, the mattress and Base Extenders can be rolled up and stored in the carry bag along with the pump. All in all, it’s about the size of a sleeping bag, which is super convenient when you are storing all of your gear inside the vehicle.
I was very surprised by how small the package was when it arrived. Luno advertises that it packs down to the size of a carry on and they aren’t exaggerating. You really don’t need much space to pack this along for your trip. As I mentioned before, the material used for the mattress feels very sturdy and tough. I can’t see any reason that this mattress wouldn’t hold up for a very long time, considering the material and where you use it. I really appreciate that everything is included with the kit including, a very space-efficient pump and even a patch kit on the off chance you spring a leak.
Setting up is honestly a breeze. I think it took me longer to rearrange the other items in my vehicle than it did to inflate the mattress. It was about 10 minutes from start to finish to have the Luno mattress ready to use.
Comfort is what you’d expect from an air mattress. It’s a huge upgrade over sleeping on the ground, and since it fills up the entire space behind the front seats, there is plenty of room to lay out. For reference, I’m about 5’11” and I had plenty of legroom with the hatch closed.
Packing up is just as simple as setting up. The air pump also functions as a vacuum in the sense that you can use it to suck out the air to ensure the mattress gets completely flat. This really helps the mattress get small enough to slide back into the carrying case.
The Luno Mattress 2.0 is a great piece of gear to help anyone get out into nature without too much hassle and without breaking the bank. It has a compact design making it easy to pack.
Set up takes a matter of minutes, so whether you set up as soon as you reach camp, or you hold off until bedtime, it’s not going to hold anything up. It provides the maximum amount of room thanks to its vehicle-specific design and the Luno Base Extenders that provide real support for the head area. It’s a huge upgrade over tent camping when it comes to comfort. I personally enjoy the cozier atmosphere paired with solid protection from the elements over being on the ground in a flimsy tent.
Someday I would love a solid roof top tent or camper but it’s just not in the budget right now. Thankfully Luno created the perfect alternative to that style. Is it the same experience? No, but being a fraction of the price and much easier to maintain makes it well worth it for a novice overlander like myself.