It takes a little to blow up, but I camp with my kids and my eight year old thinks that's fun, so it can't be THAT hard! It is by far the most comfortable pad I've ever used. My husband is a strictly RV guy and I bought this along with the sleeping bag with the sleeve for him. He went on a two day backpacking trip with my son's boy scout troop to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and he is hooked. He can't wait to go again. After 15 years of trying, it took Big Agnes to get him out in a tent with us!! Well worth every penny!