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   Old Thread  #13 20 Nov 2023 at 8.52pm    Login    Register
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Yep, I agree, I bought one and Iím finding it better for me than the solar.
Iíve just got the heated mattress as well from tackle tavern at less than half price and zipped in, it adds even more comfort as itís another 30mm of matress.
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   Old Thread  #12 20 Nov 2023 at 12.42pm    Login    Register
the build quality is inferior to the solar but i like it and its definitely comfortable as bed chairs go if you prefer a softer option or sleep on your side. also light to carry
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   Old Thread  #11 16 Nov 2023 at 6.01pm    Login    Register
After my shoulder operation i was forced to lay on my back (what is a hell for me)

So i ended up with a Sp-ctech standard comming from an Duralite with have an high desity foam matrass like the Trakker oval v2 systems and the levelite

With the Sp-ctech I use a Vaude tour 5 sim, the first 2 nights were a nightmare from night 3 onwards I slept better on it, after a week session I wouldn't want another bed

Now that my shoulder has recovered i can also sleep on my shoulder again and that is no longer a problem on the SP CTech

Build quality of the Solar is simply top, sorry to say, but the Avid cannot match the Solar in terms of build quality, I had the Benchmark myself, the legs just fell out when setting it up and the construction cannot be compared vs Solar

The new Benchmak Ultra looks good and also has an improved leg design according to Avid

I am a heavy side sleeper, sleeping on my back is hell for me and on the Soalar Sp ctech with a good sim this works without any problems even so good that I have decided to sell my Duralite system that I have been sleeping great in for 2 years

When I saw and tried the Avid Benchmark Lite, it felt like I was lying on a toy bed, maby good for 1 night or lightweight people, but for longer sessions such beds are not recommended fo as it is just a type of Ngt construction quality with a memory foam mattresses on

Edit: I also found the sagging of the Memory foam matrass on the Avid/Nash a big no-no and the problem with these beds is that they continue to sag until you replace the elastic with paracord or something. I am also not a fan of memory foam mattresses even though I am a die hard side sleeper. Solar will soon come with a sp ctech model with memory foam matrass, the middle section is also without elastic so there will be no sagging in the middle over time
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   Old Thread  #10 16 Nov 2023 at 3.44pm    Login    Register
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I took delivery of a new solar CH08 a few weeks ago and I have to say as a side sleeper (even with a SIM) it's not great. The benchmark lite system was on offer for £199 so I've taken the plunge, fingers crossed.
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   Old Thread  #9 16 Nov 2023 at 2.38pm    Login    Register
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I've had the Avid Benchmark Lite for 2 or 3 years now and have settled on this bedchair after going through loads, I use it with a SIM though, but it's still very lightweight which is what I wanted.
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   Old Thread  #8 16 Nov 2023 at 9.23am    Login    Register
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I have the Avid Benchmark x sleep system and its the comfiest bedchair i've owned in 30 years.
I am a big guy 20+stone and it holds my weight with zero issues and i i sleep on my side on my bedchair and it is totally comfortable.
The bed is well padded around it and you cant feel the frame when layed on it,if you sit on the side you will feel the frame. The sleep system is very warm, and doubly so if you have the heated matress which you can attach between the sleep system by zips.
Legs and feet are sturdy,it has a double jointed frame allowing you to fold the chair with matress and bag inside and a locking clip to keep it all together.
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   Old Thread  #7 2 May 2023 at 12.23pm    Login    Register
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I have the Avid Benchmark Lite, I have not had other modern bedchairs to compare it with though, my previous one was a Chubb, which to show it's age was actually a "bed-chair" and didn't even have padding over the frame!

In answer to your question, I would say no.
Certainly in terms of the memory foam on it's own.
The cord (non elasticated), does allow a bit of adjustement of the "sag" (which I suppose you want a bit more of if you're on your side).
I sleep mostly on my back, and it's very comfortable like that.

At home I have a memory foam-topped matress and I have started sleeping on my side a bit on it, which to me is almost impossibly uncomfortable on any other kind of matress. The memory foam thickness and therfore effect on the bedchair is nowhere near that of a proper MF matress, and I can't really stay on my side for long, at least if i'm right on my shoulder.

I guess it is all very personal though. If you are OK sleeping on your side on a "normal" matress, you might be OK.
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   Old Thread  #6 1 May 2023 at 10.12pm    Login    Register
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I had the same issues with the solar. I too am a side sleeper, I went with the Trakker Levelite Lumbar Bed and itís very comfortable and not overly expensive but well enough built.
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   Old Thread  #5 28 Apr 2023 at 12.20pm  1  Login    Register
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I've just binned(not literally) my Solar sp c tech (which is F/S😉 for the same reason, side sleeper. Far too firm in the middle section for me and also tried a sim but to no effect. Now got the Avid Benchmark Leveltech Bed which is much more forgiving in the upper and middle section which gives me a much better sleep. Only used it for 3 nights but so far so good. Hope that helps...
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   Old Thread  #4 28 Apr 2023 at 11.37am    Login    Register
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I wouldnt be looking to ditch the SIM... the most recent beds i have had (flatliter, Solar & Wychwood) have all benefitted from the addition of a SIM... i think because of folding nature of a bedchair the back support is only going to be so good and that a SIM helps to balance the support provided.
I really wanted to get on with the Solar bed - its seems built to last, but it just wasnt as comfortable as the £100 wychwood that ive used a lot over of a number of years
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   Old Thread  #3 28 Apr 2023 at 10.33am    Login    Register
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Iíd happily do that but my local shops donít tend to have much of a range in, I think itís the fact, like bivvys, they take up too much room to set up.
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   Old Thread  #2 28 Apr 2023 at 9.36am  1  Login    Register
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I'd recommend you get down to your nearest tackle shop and try a few out. When I bought mine, I went to the tackle shop with a pre-conceived idea about which one to get and when I tried it in the shop, I hated it, was really uncomfy. Ended up with a Trakker which has been good. I also have lower back pain, though not as bad as yours!!
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   Old Thread  #1 28 Apr 2023 at 8.31am    Login    Register
So, i've had a Solar SP C-tech for around 18 months and use it matched up with a SIM (the Helium one), which has been okay and one of the better sleeping set ups I've had. However, after almost 20 years of ongoing back problems, my back finally gave up last September and i had nasty lower back disk prolapse which pretty much ruined me for for 2 months until i managed to have a diskectomy operation and get fixed. I'm still recovering but have managed around 6 nights on the bank but i'm really struggling to find any comfort on the Solar bedchair, i think its just too firm, especially as i'm finding i sleep more on my side these days.

Question is for Benchmark Lite users, does the memory foam provide enough cushion for side sleepers to make it comfortable? Also, has anyone switched to the cable tie set up and found that it provides that happy medium of reducing sag but the memory foam provides the comfort?

As you can probably guess, i've had a lot of bedchairs over the years whilst trying to appease my knackered back and i'm at the stage where i really don't want to fork out on yet another one to only find its no better. I also like the idea of not using a SIM, something irritates me about spending big money on a bedchair, to then have to add a further layer to actually make it comfortable. I'm 6ft and and about 11.5stone (thats not a dating bio) so don't need a monster bed.
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