Sleeping comfortably in a tent is a challenge and struggle for many campers and often the reason why people opt not to go camping. There are various products available on the market ranging from inflatable mattresses, various stretchers and a variety of foam-type mattresses. The problem with most of these products is that they either deflate, are too thin, don’t give any support or when folded/rolled up are too big or heavy for most hikers, over-landers and adventure motorcyclists.

I recently received an ATG (All Terrain Gear) Camp Sleeper which can be described as a lightweight stretcher. This stretcher comes in three guises of which I have the heaviest version weighing in at an approximate 1.9kg. It consists of a tear resistant, super strong high tenacity nylon sail/canvas, 12 extremely strong and durable plastic feet and 24 hi-tech aircraft quality aluminium poles. It takes me about 3 minutes to assemble the stretcher/sleeper but I am sure as one gets accustom to using it on a frequent basis assembly will be considerably quicker. I must admit that it did take me a while in the beginning to figure out the most comfortable sleeping position on this stretcher, but as soon as I had that sorted I slept like a baby time after time. Personally I will never again use any other sleeping option than the ATG sleeper. Waking up tired after a long day’s ride on the bike is a thing of the past for me.

As an adventure motorcyclists space and weight is always an issue when loading/packing my motorcycle for a ride and if I compare the ATG sleeper to what I am used to take with in order sleep comfortable, the ATG sleeper un-doubtly frees up oodles of spaces while helping me to travel lighter.

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ATG advertises this product to be super strong, compact & light weight, waterproof, rot & UV resistant and easy to assemble. Except for durability (because I haven’t owned it for very long now)I can testify to all of the above. I am convinced that as I continue to use this sleep on my excursions I will sleep comfortably everywhere and anywhere.

So in summary, the ATG sleeper is the best sleeping option if you are an extreme endurance racer, adventure motorcyclists or hiker. Incredible strength and light weight is this product’s forte. The only down side to this sleeper could be the price. Depending on which of the three versions you purchase and where you purchase it, you can expect to pay anything from R1500 to R2300.

  • Size when assembled – 185cm X 60cm
  • Height when assembled 12cm
  • Can sleep up to 140kgs (heavy duty model of the 3 model range)
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Made in South Africa

By: Hector Jamieson

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