/ Camping mat for around £40?
Looking to get a camping mat, budget of around £40.
Its main use will be for a month-long road-trip this summer around Europe. While that would normally mean size/weight is not an issue, weíre doing it in a Mazda MX5, so it definitely is an issue! But on the flip-side, camping for 30+ nights means that I want something pretty comfy too.
I also plan to use it for hiking/camping trips once I return, so again, weight and size is important.
I was tempted by the Alpkit Aero 180, but at only 2.5cm thick, Iím not sure how comfy it will be? Iím used to carrying around a standard foam roll-mat, so donít mind something a little bulkier than the Aero, within reason of course.
Any recommendations? I donít mind buying used, so if you have anything you think I might be interested in, please post up.
*Airo, not Aero of course.
My other half has one of these:
and he seems to find it comfy enough for campsite and backpacking. It packs down pretty small too.
Thanks - sorry I should have said, I would like a self-inflating mat (don't mind if I have to put a few breathes in at the end).
Oh, in which case don't get an Alpkit Numo which was going to be my first suggestion.
Can you not a get a basic Thermarest for around that price? The three quarter length ultralight ones pack down small and are still more comfy than any type of foam mat. My first one is now over 20 years old and still working fine.
You'll certainly be able to pick one up off eBay for under £40 (nearer £20 if you look hard enough), I've replaced our ancient ones with Prolites that way over the last couple of months.
Another vote for the Alpkit Numo. Not tried mine in anger yet.
Alternatively, get a simple blow up mattress for under a tender, and a closed cell foam mat to put on top for insulation if you need it.
I got a wicked inflatable one in Katmandu. It's huge when rolled up but £30, comfy and fits me as a 6 footer
I've got the alpkit dirtbsg which is much thicker, self inflating and a good compromise between comfort and size
Can't go wrong with Mountain Equipment..
I had a vango one which was 2.5cm thick. It lasted a couple of years before developing a leak. I then replaced it with a proper thermarest and despite being the same thickness, the proper thermarest was much comfier so worth bearing in mind when you pick a manufacturer
Cant comment on the alpkit ones so maybe look for reviews online
I've got the Airo 180. Very comfy, stayed warm enough in dartmoor at easter on it, sleeping bag is only designed for 0ļC, pretty certain it wasn't above zero very often!!
My previous mat was a foam thing too, and this is vastly more comfortable and packs down to under half the size of the foam too.
I'm thinking of getting the ME Helium 3.8 for colder weather, and would think it's probably a safer (comfier) bet, especially if you've got the car. Although space is a premium, look at the spec:
Alpkit (packed) - 28 x 13cm 653g
ME (packed) - 27 x 16cm 750g
Little extra size/weight when it's packed but quite a lot more padding when you're on top of it!
Personally I use a Mountain Equipment Helium. I have the blue one and the thicker green one but always end up taking the green one for a bit more comfort.
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