/ Sleeping mats, is there much difference between £20 and £100?
Any recommendations for a good mat welcome.
Not used self-inflating mats but when researching 'manual' inflating mats, weight (as in less) & thermal efficiency (more) were what you paid for at the higher end.
In my experience of inflatable mats, cheaper is a false economy. Haven't ever had a problem with Thermarest.
Thanks for the advice , :)
I will dig a little deeper I to my pocket,
Visit a local outdoor shop and try some?
I use a manual inflating one to save space.
I will check them out , i plan on calling into Betwys and ' llanberis this afternoon, to pick up some bits,
I am camping from the back of the car so weight isn't much of a factor I just want Shelley to be comfy and not hate camping as much as she did the last time :)
Self Inflating Mats might differ in weight/durability, comfort/thickness, R-value (how warm they are) and obviously, price. They also vary in lengths. I am 5'10" and use 120cm mat for 3 seasons as I can put a rucksack under my legs.
Don't forget that Thermarest gives you a lifetime warranty, too.
I can't fault thermarest on their mat, and they have a huge range depending on what you need.
Car camping, it's got to be a double air bed (from Argos)!
She'll love it :-)
Do I win a prize?
If you are carrying your stuff in the back of the car, you have lots of options. I have tried various mattresses, from blow up with a pump to self-inflating including the Thermarests.
I think the self-inflating mats are best as all the others I have had suffered from air leaks.
The most comfortable one I have used is the self-inflating Exped SIM Comfort 10 LW. It is 10 cm (4 inches) thick. They are expensive but IMHO worth every penny.
Agree, if it doesn't need carrying far and it's a matter of marital harmony the Exped Down Mats (or synthetic) are worth it.
Eventually you may -ahem - get your heart's desire from a double mummy bag with sleeves for the mats - comfy to lie on, don't roll around in the night, fillings stay on top and mat stays below. Big Agnes and various others available from REI - Oedipus where are you now....
I thought I'd be happy for life with a foam mat (£10), until I got a Thermarest Trail Lite (£45) several years ago. Swore I'd never go back, because it was so comfy. Now I have a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite (£95), which is smaller, lighter and even more comfortable.
So yes, there is a difference. As you get older, you appreciate comfort more!
If I'm driving to the campsite then a tenner or less for a bog standard air mattress will do the job, and very comfortably so.
If I'm back packing / fell camping then that's a different matter and I might want to weigh up £'s versus weight and comfort - what specifically you want your sleeping mat for will determine, to a degree, how much you spend and what's right for your spec
the good news is with new comfy mats( i splashed out) and a quilt to cover them as well as proper cushions, not to forget sleeping bags Shelley actually enjoyed her sleep and decided to go camping again, the bad news was she couldn't understand the reason I had the smallest tent on the site ( Nant Gwynant )and expressed her opinions considerably about tent envy and the coziness of the small thing i brought.
but even that didn't put Shelley off camping again, as on returning home she went on a mission and purchased; without much encouragement from me, a six person tent and is looking forward to Glamping in a couple of weeks time.
thanks for all the advice everybody, it was very useful.