3. Open the Inflation Dry Sack and hold it into the wind to fill with air. If there is no wind, you can blow gently into the top of the sack to fill it. Roll the Inflation Sack from the top to squeeze the air into the mattress. Repeat until the mattress is firm, then remove the Inflation Sack from the valve.
4. Unsnap the Inflation Dry Sack from the valve. Lay on the mattress on your side, push the green valve to slowly deflate until your hip just bottoms out, so you are using the full depth of the mattress. This is a great starting position to determine how firm or soft the mattress should be to work best for you. Note that most people tend to run the mattress too firm. Softer is generally more comfortable even if you sleep on a firm mattress at home. Experiment to determine what works best for you.
5. Secure the valve with the outer cap. Note if you want to adjust the pressure after the outer cap is attached, you will need to hold the valve in place when removing the cap to avoid pulling the valve completely out.
For Small Punctures -
1. Fill a tub with about 4-5" of water. Fully inflate the mattress until it is as firm as possible and close the valve. Submerge the mattress, section by section if needed, until you see air bubbles leaking out. Depending on the size of the puncture, the air bubbles may be very hard to spot. When you locate the leak, draw a small circle around the puncture hole with a marker.
(If you do not have a tub or body of water near you, you can use liquid soap or simply water to wet the surface of the fully inflated mattress. Listen and look for small escaping bubbles. When you find the leak, mark it as mentioned above.)
Congratulations! Locating the leak is the hardest part!
2. Dry the mattress with a towel and lay it out until it is completely dry.
3. Fully deflate the mattress. Using the tube of adhesive provided, put a small dot of adhesive right on the marked puncture hole.
4. Wait two hours for the adhesive to dry, then inflate the mattress once more and examine the repair. Ideally it is best to let the inflated mattress sit for 24 hours. If no air escaped in those 24 hours, you're good to go!
Optional - After you complete the repair above, if you would like to cover the dried adhesive spot we recommend using a patch of gear tape such as Gear Aid Tenacious Tape.
For Large Cut or Tear -
1. Clean the surface around the "wound". Make sure the mattress is completely deflated and laid out flat. Try to piece the two edges of the tear back together and then spread adhesive along it.
2. Two hours later, spread adhesive on the included repair patch. Place it over the cut/tear and press firmly. Wait another two hours, then inflate the mattress and examine the repair. Ideally it is best to let the inflated mattress sit for 24 hours. If no air escapes, the repair was a success.
To do an overall wash, deflate it completely and soak it in warm water in the tub. Make sure the valve is closed! You can use soap (or a light detergent) and a wash cloth to rub any dirt/marks out. Rinse the soap off and lay it out to dry completely before storing it again. You can also spot clean the mattress with soapy warm water it if that’s all that’s needed.