We had always seen these inflatable loungers on t.v. but I came across Rhino Products lounger thanks to a post on Instagram. And when we received the Bag Mate in the mail a little over a month ago, we were more than excited to get out on the trail & try it out. Want a comfortable seat that you can pretty much take and inflate anywhere? Check out our latest review on the Bag Mate by Rhino Products below.
The Bag Mate comes in a nifty little back pack that is super easy to carry & the product itself weighs just under four pounds. There is a little plastic stake & tie down string included with the pack that you can use to anchor the Bag Mate into the ground & keep it from blowing away when you aren’t sitting in it. You can also anchor other Bag Mates to it by the mole system straps. My seven year old daughter carried the Bag Mate pack, as I was carrying our hiking pack, & was able to make it to the other side of the lake without complaining of the weight.
I have to be honest…I had a difficult time actually setting the Bag Mate up myself. It’s supposed to be really simple: scoop air from around you to fill the bag & seal it air-tight by rolling the end & locking the sturdy buckles. I was not so lucky! You can see in the photo above that the Bag Mate is long, I am quite short & I was unable to collect enough air in the bags to give a person the support they would need to sit on the lounger successfully. After about thirty-minutes of trying, I grew frustrated & gave up. I had my two daughters & my dog to keep an eye on & did not have time to mess with the Bag Mate.
After giving myself some time to think things over as to why this product did not work for me, I came to the conclusion that I was the one not doing something right. Whether it be because I was not closing the bag up fast enough, my size vs the Bag Mate size, or that I was just too preoccupied with my kids to give it a good chance…I decided to enlist the help of my boyfriend, Ryan, on our next outing together. I wanted to make sure this product had fair chance for a good review! After about a month of trying to coordinate a time for Ryan & I to get out together, our computer crashing & car troubles, we finally were able to make it out last night to commence the new review.
As you can see, Ryan is a lot taller than I am…almost a whole foot taller as a matter of fact. Our destination was at the top of a rocky “mini-mountain” that was covered in pokey bushes & cacti. While I was busy setting up my camera tripod to capture the rise of the super moon, Ryan was busy getting our sofa ready to go. In roughly 2 minutes, Ryan had the Bag Mate out of its pack, inflated, & put to good use! We had the best seat in the house for the arrival of a super moon that the world will not see again for several decades!
It is safe to say that if it weren’t for the Bag Mate, we would have had two grouchy children & our amazing experience viewing the super moon wouldn’t have been as amazing. Its rip-stop nylon made us confident that there would be no punctures in the lounger as we all piled on top of it & it sat on top of rough gravel, cacti spines, & next to a pokey bush! It also held air successfully, with over 250 pounds of body weight on top of it, for over an hour. As you can see in the main photo of this post, Hope was even able to climb on it & her nails did not puncture the Bag Mate. I am so glad I decided to give this product another try because, now, I cannot wait to take it out again!
If you don’t like the blue color, Bag Mate comes in FIVE other cool colors for you to choose from. It is the low price of $34.55 plus shipping, unless you buy more than $49 worth of product on Amazon & you qualify for free shipping. The Bag Mate is waterproof, & was easy to clean with a damp wash cloth so we could use it indoors as well (which Ryan is doing right now tee-hee). If you don’t hike, you can also take it with you to the beach, lake or even use it as a pool float! I think the next time we camp, I will bring it along and sleep on it instead of the hard ground! Ryan calls it the “posturepedic canoe couch” because it is so comfortable & helps him with his posture while playing video games or watching t.v.
You can find the Bag Mate by Rhino Products on Amazon by following the link HERE
Here’s to having great adventures & being comfortable while doing so! Thank you Rhino BagMate!