Lying on the ground in your sleeping bag is no fun without support for your head and neck. Trekology’s inflatable pillow takes up virtually no space in your pack but can help you get a good night’s sleep wherever your travels take you. It’s great for catching ZZZs on airplanes, trains, and bus rides too.
Weighing just 62 pounds, GentleTent’s inflatable tent puts a spacious camping shelter on your pickup truck. The rooftop area can hold a full-size mattress, while the bed section has a standing height of 7+ feet. When not in use, it folds to just 7″ high. Perfect for dual-cab Rangers, Colorados, Frontiers, and Tacomas.
When airplanes reach the end of their journeys, some of them end up a Aircraft End-of-Life-Solutions, a Dutch company that dismantles and recycles airplanes. While clearing out some bits and pieces a few years back, they decided to pop open one of those self-inflating evacuation slides, with amusing results.
Engineers from Stanford University have been working on an unusual design for a robot that uses inflatable tubes for its body. It can move about and change shapes by squeezing on its air bladders, and can pack up small when not in use. It’s like the more evolved cousin of the wacky waving tube guy.
Located in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, Angelo’s II restaurant likes to celebrate the holidays in an epic fashion. For Halloween 2019, they decorated the exterior of their building with an inflatable Stay-Puft marshmallow man emerging from the roof, and giant kraken tentacles bursting from its windows. Video by Mon Valley Drone.
This oversize 15′ x 15′ version of the classic game of human contortion is designed to make things more challenging, as players attempt to move on top of a cushion of air. You could spend $2k on this, or you could just go buy a Twister Ultimate set and tape it onto an air mattress, but then again, that won’t hold 1500 pounds like this version.
Sun Pleasure’s Bay Breeze Boat Island is an oversized floating vessel that looks like a speedboat, but is actually just an inflatable raft on steroids. It has seating for up to six people, and has a built-in drink cooler and cup holders. It’s currently sold out, though you might find one on eBay.
“I like being inside strange things.” The Slow Mo Guys Dan Grunchy gets packed inside of a giant inflatable ball, then launched into the air using a bunch of powerful water jets. From the outside, it really does look like some kind of out-of-control tentacled monster.
A video has been making the rounds showing what it’s like to open an airplane slide from the passengers’ point of view. That’s interesting and all, but this clip of a slide being opened without an airplane attached is far more entertaining. Stabilized version here.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you need to be uncomfortable at bedtime. This roll-up, lightweight (14.5oz) inflatable pad fits easily in your pack and under your sleeping bag, and provides an air-supported surface that ensures you won’t feel like you’re sleeping on rocks.