/ Best mat for alpine climbing?
has anyone got any good recommendations?
Warm for weight compared to normal matts
The 'egg box' makes them more comfortable than normal matts
Will not puncture!
'egg crates' fill with water / snow and grit :-(
I've heard the complaints about snow being difficult to shake off because of the shape, but for the price and apparent warmth/weight, it sounds pretty good!
I've got both - my Ridgerest is about 15 years old, and I got the Z rest at the start of this winter. I think for comfort and warmth they are much of muchness, the Z-rest packs neater on the side of my pack, the Ridgerest collects a little less powder snow in between its ridges.
TobyA, thanks for the advice. That's that gist of what I'd heard before.
I've had three of those mats (I do a lot of camping!). They're very good, I was very happy with the first two I used up, comfortable, warm enough, puncture-proof, easy to carry and they make a better camp seat than round rolled mats. But my most recent Z-lite has "squashed down" much more rapidly, just after one 20 night expedition, and so it is now not nearly as comfortable.
As someone else said the egg-crates do fill up with dust etc... but it would be the perfect mat to have if you ever found yourself with 860 quail eggs to carry - I've counted!
I've got an original gold 4 Season Karrimat from the 1970's, which I still use all the time.
I've now cut it in half for Alpine climbing, it's indestructible and only weighs 160 grams.
It's so tough that I've used it on many alpine bivvies, while rock and ice climbing, often huddled or jammed on small rough rock ledges with very little damage.
I've got several other foam mats, including a later Karrimor salmon pink model from 1980's, none of them are anywhere near as tough as my original Gold Karrimat.
It really doesn't tear, scrape or puncture though the edges were nibbled once in a Scottish bothy so not perfect!!
I wonder if anyone now manufactures mats in the same foam, which compared to most newer mats is quite stretchy and rubbery?
Yeah those mats were really good...!
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