/ Self-inflating mattress for the tall
Can anyone recommend a manufacturer who make longer matts that aren't bulkier? Or does it matter too much if my feet are hanging off the edge anyway?
Why should your feet dangle over the edge?
Surely you'll be making a pillow out of a fleece or two to rest your head upon, which can make up the extra 8cms?
I find fleeces to be quite good insulators. You could also just get an offcut of a camping-mat to place under your temporary pillow to insulate from the ground for either your head or feet. :-)
I'm also a short arse.
A blow-up mattress will never be warm as they are like sleeping on a block of ice.
If I remember rightly from browsing through their website, Thermarest make some longer models. But really, as suggested already, you're probably just as well rolling a fleece/down jacket (or a down jacket inside a fleece for ultimate luxury) to use under your head - this is what people I know over 6ft tall do and they all seem happy with it
2 x short mats work well. Im not tall but 2 x nemo zors are warm to at least -12c and will expand with overlap for your torso. Feet and head will only have single layer but pack/gear will take care of that.
Both zors are about 15% more than a single exped down mat in volume so not dissimilar to a long single, and you get a light summer mat (or two) as well.
I never carry more than a 3/4 mat (if it's out the back of a car, that's another matter....!), so I doubt it's a huge problem. I also tend to sleep on my side slightly curled, so not as long as lying flat on back.
And, as someone mentioned, I tend to put pillow off the top end of mat - fleece, with any spare clothes folded and put inside.
Another option (for warmth, rather than comfort) is to put empty rucksack (or anything similar) under your feet. As long as it's nicely padded between shoulders and hips you should be fine.
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