Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

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jdudleyuk
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Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby jdudleyuk » 5 Mar 2012, 8:17pm

Anybody have an ideas for a lightweight/foldaway sleeping mat. Preferably something that can be stored away in a stuff sack...

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stephenjubb
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby stephenjubb » 5 Mar 2012, 8:24pm

thermarest prolite

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby bluemint » 5 Mar 2012, 8:33pm

I use this http://www.amazon.co.uk/HIGHLANDER-ALUM ... 032&sr=1-1

Yeah, you don't get much cushioning but the idea is to reflect heat back at you. It's ultralight and will pack just about anywhere. backpackinglight.co.uk have a range of lightweight inflatable mats but expect to pay £60+

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby phil parker » 5 Mar 2012, 9:13pm

It depends on your budget - I use one of These which are very light and very comfortable, but of course expensive depending on the use it may get?

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby alicej » 5 Mar 2012, 9:31pm

stephenjubb wrote:thermarest prolite

+1, I have the women's version and I love it. And I'm a pretty fussy/uncomfortable/cold sleeper!

Packs away folded in half lengthways so it'll fit inside a pannier. What a pity they don't make a valve adapter so you can inflate it with a bike pump though - are there any mats which have that feature?

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby indy » 5 Mar 2012, 9:43pm

My camping mate swears by a Thermarest Neoair.

Sports Direct have them on 'permanent' sale for £85 :idea:

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby bikes4two » 5 Mar 2012, 9:46pm

The Prolite is good and we have two- tough and compact and with the optional chair kit, makes a handy campsite seat for tired backs. Exped.com do many mats and my current favourite is the Synmat 7 pump - a little heavier and bulkier but about 3x the thickness of the prolite which suits my older bones now :? There are other mats in the Exped range with many of them thicker than the prolite - useful if like me you prefer a bit of extra cushioning.
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby nmnm » 5 Mar 2012, 11:54pm

I used to use a thermarest of the self-inflating variety, precursor to the prolite, but now prefer my my POE ether elite 6, which is lighter by 170g at ~400g, not too dear (about £50 iirc) and comfier for me - the tubes are 2.5" thick. Nice orange colour. I think it might be better than the dearer neoair in that the tubes run longways (holding me in place) although the neoair does pack smaller, as you'll see in the shop.

If you buy a tiny tent, you might prefer a thinner mat, for headroom reasons.

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby nmnm » 5 Mar 2012, 11:59pm

Hereare some videos of alternatives to the neoair.

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby fimm » 6 Mar 2012, 11:26am

Alpkit also do Thermarest-like selfinflating mats.
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby johnb » 6 Mar 2012, 11:40am

I use the Thermarest Pro lite 4 and am very happy with it, but on a thread a while back someone recommended a mat from Halfords and said it performed brilliantly and was I think bought for less than twenty quid. Might be worth looking at.
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby boris » 6 Mar 2012, 3:09pm

bubble-wrap, ladies may prefer double thickness, works well enough and is very light and as long as you like for a tall person.

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby andrew_s » 6 Mar 2012, 5:11pm

I currently use the Themarest Neoair
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby alicej » 6 Mar 2012, 6:32pm

andrew_s wrote:I currently use the Themarest Neoair
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:shock: That's tiny!

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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Postby hufty » 6 Mar 2012, 6:37pm

Alpkit Numo.
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