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PacBack Trio lightweight inflatable mattress doubles as a chair

PacBack Trio lightweight infla...
It's a chair, it's a mattress, it's a pillow, it's the PacBack Trio
It's a chair, it's a mattress, it's a pillow, it's the PacBack Trio
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The PacBack in chair form
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The PacBack in chair form
The PacBack in mattress form
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The PacBack in mattress form
It's a chair, it's a mattress, it's a pillow, it's the PacBack Trio
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It's a chair, it's a mattress, it's a pillow, it's the PacBack Trio
It isn't self-inflatable, which probably explains such a light overall weight
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It isn't self-inflatable, which probably explains such a light overall weight
Folded up the whole thing is pretty compact
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Folded up the whole thing is pretty compact
The fabric is durable but you wouldn't want to sit on a very sharp stick
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The fabric is durable but you wouldn't want to sit on a very sharp stick
Perfect for the beach
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Perfect for the beach
Never sit on sand again!
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Never sit on sand again!
It's not a huge air mattress, but should do the job for most people
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It's not a huge air mattress, but should do the job for most people
A handy portable chair
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A handy portable chair
The mattress transforming into a chair
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The mattress transforming into a chair
It's certainly cheaper and lighter and that carrying a pillow, air mattress and chair 
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It's certainly cheaper and lighter and that carrying a pillow, air mattress and chair 
The PacBack Trio is compact and clever
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The PacBack Trio is compact and clever

Finding a comfortable place to sit while camping can be a struggle, and carrying a full-on camping chair while hiking to camp isn't exactly appealing. The PacBack Trio is a pretty clever solution to these problems, transforming from a light, portable air mattress into what looks like a comfy chair in seconds.

The PacBack Trio is the first product from a couple of young designers who initially prototyped the concept while in college. The entire unit weighs a little over 2 lb (0.9 kg) and packed up, its dimensions are a tiny 9.5 in x 4.5 in (24cm X 11cm), but when fully unrolled in mattress mode measures 72 x 20 in (182 x 51 cm).

The base of the PacBack is insulated, as any decent camping air mattress should be, and the material is measured to have a durability of 150 denier, which isn't too bad, although you wouldn't want to be sliding over sharp rocks with it.

Perfect for the beach
Perfect for the beach

It is called a Trio due to its triad of uses, but really it's the mattress/chair combo that is important. The third "pillow" function is essentially a triangular pocket that you can stuff with clothes to make a pillow for the mattress. Useful, but not revolutionary.

The mattress isn't self-inflating so you'll need a bit of lung power or a separate pump to get it good to go, but the transformation from mattress to chair seems speedy and straightforward, involving a simple fold and attachment of two triangular zippers.

Considering the entire object is pretty light we're not entirely sure what kind of back support it will actually give, but it no doubt varies based on the level of inflation. You would hope the zippers are durable as they'll be holding virtually all of your weight if you want to really sit back and recline.

Folded up the whole thing is pretty compact
Folded up the whole thing is pretty compact

The PacBack Trio has just launched on Kickstarter and it's off to a flying start, so this one will most likely get across the line. One Pack Back Trio will cost you between US$125 and $140 depending on how much of an early bird discount you can snag. The company expects delivery in May 2018 if everything goes to plan, and while the timeline looks realistic this is a new company so there are no guarantees.

Take a look at the PacBack Trio in the video below.

Source: PacBack Gear

PacBack Trio: Backpacking Mattress, Chair, and Pillow in One

1 comment
MerlinGuy
I would never use my air mattress outside my protective tent. Way too expensive, easy to puncture, and hard to patch to risk using it outside. Plus I try to keep the inside of my tent clean and I don't need to drag dirt, branches and bugs inside everyday. Also the air mattress is the first thing I put in the tent then the rest of stuff goes in afterwards. Another answer looking for a problem.