Sleeping mat woes

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nsew » 7 Jun 2019, 10:21pm

pjclinch wrote:The missus and I got NeoAirs a few years ago, initially to save weight/bulk but we found them more comfortable than our "normal" T-rests in any case. They've not given us any problems.


That’s because you don’t get out much, Pete.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nirakaro » 8 Jun 2019, 10:36am

nsew wrote:How did you loose your Thermarest?

Just. Don't. Ask. Actually, back in 2012 I think it was, I managed the amazing feat of riding several miles without noticing that one of my panniers had fallen off. Went back to search but never found it. Made for an interesting rest of the trip.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nsew » 8 Jun 2019, 6:54pm

nirakaro wrote:
nsew wrote:How did you loose your Thermarest?

Just. Don't. Ask. Actually, back in 2012 I think it was, I managed the amazing feat of riding several miles without noticing that one of my panniers had fallen off. Went back to search but never found it. Made for an interesting rest of the trip.


Ouch! Sorry to hear that. The side of the road meltdown must of been off the scale. In Mellun, a prison (1400s) town on the Seine south of Paris, I arrived at the Carrefour checkout and noticed the bike with all the kit was not where I’d left it (wheels cable locked together). Ran outside, nothing. Ran up the road, nothing. I was standing there entering meltdown phase, when I saw a head poking around a corner about 50 yds away. Just the head but instinctively knew my bike was with him. When I caught up with this fella he was reluctant to let go of his new found swag. It took a little gentle persuasion. He then proceeded to dig into his bag and pulled out a tiny penknife. So I persuaded him again. I now scoot around shops double quick.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nsew » 9 Jun 2019, 10:43pm

Here’s our man fishing for the knife. At this point the bike is back in my possession but the wheels are still combination locked together. I have no choice but to re-engage with him.
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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby Sooper8 » 9 Feb 2020, 8:23pm

Any follow up feedback on how the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight is after some use?
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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby willem jongman » 10 Feb 2020, 10:58am

Of the three Exped Downmats we have had, two have failed. The one Exped Synmat ultralight recently delaminated on a tour in Germany. So I went over to some Neoairs: two 7.5 cm Campers have been very good thus far (and very comfortable). These are not the lightest, but clearly also more robust. Last summer I also bought a Neoair Allseason, but it delaminated on the first night. TR replaced it, but that mattress had a leak which they then repaired. It is fine thus far.
In essence, I think the somewhat heavier Neoairs are probably the best bet, and Thermarest service is excellent. Thermarest have also just changed their Neoair lineup pretty extensively with two thicker and still not ueber heavy mattresses (one of them 10 cm at only 650 gram!). They have also ditched that strange and heavy speedvalve system, in favour of a new twinlock valve (sadly only compatible with a new battery pump).
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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nirakaro » 10 Feb 2020, 6:41pm

Sooper8 wrote:Any follow up feedback on how the Sea-to-Summit Ultralight is after some use?

So far so good - though it didn't get more than a few nights use last year. It's light, easy to in- and de-flate, and reasonably comfortable. I'm planning to use it quite a bit come the spring, and I'll come back and tell you in due course.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby Morzedec » 10 Feb 2020, 7:17pm

Thermarest 'Basecamp': 13 years, and counting, no problems at all to date.

At least 120 days under canvas (or whatever) each year, plus one of the grandkids sleeps on it when visiting.

Happy days,

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby nirakaro » 10 Feb 2020, 7:23pm

Morzedec wrote:Thermarest 'Basecamp': 13 years, and counting, no problems at all to date.
Happy days,

Yes, I've got one of those, and love it. Sleep on it out in the garden in summer. Not exactly lightweight though - I wouldn't take it with me on a cycle tour.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby Morzedec » 10 Feb 2020, 8:15pm

nirakaro wrote:
Morzedec wrote:Thermarest 'Basecamp': 13 years, and counting, no problems at all to date.
Happy days,

Yes, I've got one of those, and love it. Sleep on it out in the garden in summer. Not exactly lightweight though - I wouldn't take it with me on a cycle tour.


Fits nicely into the trailer - and yes, it weighs almost a ton, but does mean that I can sleep at night without rolling off, as I do with smaller mats - I'm as wide as the Basecamp, you see.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby foxyrider » 10 Feb 2020, 10:41pm

Morzedec wrote:
nirakaro wrote:
Morzedec wrote:Thermarest 'Basecamp': 13 years, and counting, no problems at all to date.
Happy days,

Yes, I've got one of those, and love it. Sleep on it out in the garden in summer. Not exactly lightweight though - I wouldn't take it with me on a cycle tour.


Fits nicely into the trailer - and yes, it weighs almost a ton, but does mean that I can sleep at night without rolling off, as I do with smaller mats - I'm as wide as the Basecamp, you see.

Happy days,


have you given any thought to maybe taking a little less gear :lol:
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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 10 Feb 2020, 10:49pm

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby Morzedec » 11 Feb 2020, 1:48pm

foxyrider wrote:
Morzedec wrote:
nirakaro wrote:Yes, I've got one of those, and love it. Sleep on it out in the garden in summer. Not exactly lightweight though - I wouldn't take it with me on a cycle tour.


Fits nicely into the trailer - and yes, it weighs almost a ton, but does mean that I can sleep at night without rolling off, as I do with smaller mats - I'm as wide as the Basecamp, you see.

Happy days,


have you given any thought to maybe taking a little less gear :lol:


Why? As explained previously I'm pretty tall and heavy, and 74 this year, so why not have a little comfort? My tours are usually about a month in length, so I carry enough to cover the eventualities: Whilst on the road I've had seven days of solid rain before, so plenty of/a variety of clothes becomes important: spares to cover most eventualities, food and drink, stove and fuel, all adds up, but I'm well used to it and it's not a problem.

Whilst younger I did far more B & B touring, at a time when it was economical to do so, but these days? - paying sixty quid a night is just not possible, so I wild-camp whenever possible.

I'll put a pic up, from a time when I was younger, and you will see just how light I travelled at that time.

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby mattheus » 11 Feb 2020, 3:46pm

Nice pic!
I like that little statue you carried on top of your saddlebag. Plastic for lightness, I presume? (bit early for carbon-fibre …)

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Re: Sleeping mat woes

Postby willem jongman » 12 Feb 2020, 9:01am

My way to deal with the challenges of getting older (I am 67) is to take less weight. It is, of course, a very personal choice (we all have different preferences and circumstances).The big difference with the times I was younger is that I have less muscle strength; that primarily matters when I am climbing, and not when I ride along a canal. Taking less costs some money, but really not necessarily that much. It mostly takes will power and experience to achieve it without losing comfort. At the end of this month I will give presentations at the annual hiking and cycling fair in Utrecht in the Netherlands (some 20,000 visitors). My theme will be lightweight cycle touring on a tight budget.