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Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 8:17pm
by jdudleyuk
Anybody have an ideas for a lightweight/foldaway sleeping mat. Preferably something that can be stored away in a stuff sack...

Jason

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 8:24pm
by stephenjubb
thermarest prolite

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 8:33pm
by bluemint
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+

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 9:13pm
by phil parker
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?

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 9:31pm
by alicej
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?

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 9:43pm
by indy
My camping mate swears by a Thermarest Neoair.

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

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 9:46pm
by bikes4two
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.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 11:54pm
by nmnm
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.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 5 Mar 2012, 11:59pm
by nmnm
Hereare some videos of alternatives to the neoair.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 11:26am
by fimm
Alpkit also do Thermarest-like selfinflating mats.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 11:40am
by johnb
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.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 3:09pm
by boris
bubble-wrap, ladies may prefer double thickness, works well enough and is very light and as long as you like for a tall person.

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 5:11pm
by andrew_s
I currently use the Themarest Neoair
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Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 6:32pm
by alicej
andrew_s wrote:I currently use the Themarest Neoair
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:shock: That's tiny!

Re: Lightweight/fold-away sleeping mat

Posted: 6 Mar 2012, 6:37pm
by hufty
Alpkit Numo.