The system is built around the desire to bring high-performance polyfoams to your campsite. Home mattress foams have evolved and improved over the years, and we wanted to bring the same innovative foam chemistries from your home to the outdoors. We started with the foam and developed the best combination of foam to conform, provide pressure point relief, breath and support different sleeping positions in the outdoors. With all these sleep performance goals, we also added the goals of being thinner than a home mattress and compressible to roll up. In addition to the foam, the drop stitch also allows us to recreate the home mattress experience in the outdoors. Most home mattresses have a firm base of foam. It would be impossible to roll up a home mattress base, so we created the drop stitch base, since it creates a firm support for the foam but also deflates and rolls up. The drop stitch has added benefits of being waterproof, durable and helps compress the foam during rolling.
Your Hest Sleep System is easy and simple to assemble. Open the bag and unclip the compression straps around your mattress to allow it to unroll. Find the inflation valve under the foam cover at the foot of your mattress. Remove the valve cap and then press down on the spring-loaded valve stem and turn it counterclockwise. The valve stem should pop up and into a closed position. It is possible to pump air into the chamber, but when you remove the pump, the valve will not allow air to escape. Assemble the hose to the included pump on the “Out” side at the top of the pump. Attach the other end of the hose to the drop stitch valve and inflate the base to 7-10 PSI. The pump has a gauge on top to get the pressure just right. You can test different pressures for your comfort, but we find a stiff base is the best platform for the foam. When you are finished pumping, screw the plastic valve cap back on to keep dirt out of the inner valve.
After enjoying a wonderful night sleep, the Hest Sleep System is easy to roll up for transportation and storage. Start by removing the valve cap and releasing the valve stem by turning it clockwise to allow the air out of the drop stitch. The weight of the foam should push most of the air out of the drop stitch. After the air evacuates, rotate the valve stem counterclockwise to close the valve. We recommend attaching the pump hose to the “In” side, insert the hose into the valve and use the pump to remove the remaining air in the drop stitch. With the air out of the drop stitch, make sure the mattress is attached to the compression straps in the bag and start rolling the mattress toward the bag. It is helpful to start with a tight roll at the beginning and then use your knees and body weight as you roll the mattress. It can be best to roll slowly, so the air in the foam can escape. Once the mattress is rolled, connect the compression straps and cinch them tight. You can then pull the bag around the mattress and insert the pump into the sleeve on the lid of the bag.
We designed the foam cover to zip off the drop stitch for a number of reasons. We expect people to remove the foam cover and wash it. It is possible to zip off the foam cover and remove the foam to allow for washing in your home washing machine. The foam cover should be washed and line dried. It is also possible to remove the foam cover and use the foam without the drop stitch. This can be a nice option for guests at your home (although we prefer the added height of the drop stitch).
The drop stitch construction is very durable, but it is possible to develop a leak. A patch kit was provided with your mattress. Start by zipping the foam cover off the drop stitch base. Inflate the drop stitch and rub the mattress with soapy water until you find bubbles. Once you have found the leak, dry the area and use the included patch kit to repair the hole with the following steps:
We realize everyone will need to store their mattress between their adventures. Please make sure your mattress is dry before storing it. Since the foam cover is only water resistant, it is possible to have dampness inside the foam. If this is the case, we’d recommend removing the foam and allowing it to dry before storing it. Once your mattress is completely dry, roll up your mattress and store it in a cool and dry location.
You can pump it higher to have a more rigid base but it is really a personal preference on firmness. The gauge does not move until you reach close to 7 PSI. Many people tend to stop pumping well before 7 PSI. As long as you are reaching a rigidity in the base you are satisfied with, there is a chance you will not need to go above 7 PSI.
Yes! The Hest Sleep System comes with a 12 month warranty as standard against any manufacturing defects.
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