Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat Hyper-Lite
The InsulMat Hyper-Lite 1.0 is a great concept but…
Price Paid: $64
The InsulMat Hyper-Lite 1.0 is a great concept but unfortunately not a great product.
The concept is simple: a hybrid sleeping pad that inflates beneath the heaviest parts of your body (shoulders and hips) for comfort, but is foam everywhere else for reduced weight. The pad is also mummy-shaped rather than square, which should likewise reduce weight.
Unfortunately there are three flaws in the product. First, for reasons beyond comprehension the designers put the inflation valve at the TOP CENTER rather than at a corner. Depending upon your height and how much you move around during the night, it is likely that the cylindrical valve will end up directly under your head at some point!
The second problem is the weight. The manufacturer incorrectly advertises a weight of 17 oz (495 grams) for their regular six-foot size, but I measured it at 545 grams, which makes it nearly the same weight as superior competing products.
Third, the product does not pack very well. The InsulMat Hyper-Lite series cannot be squeezed down or folded, but is stored by rolling it up like a standard foam pad, leaving you with a large cylindrical bundle to strap on the outside of your pack.
Competitive products are superior. A Therma-Rest Pro 3 for example is fully inflatable and larger (rectangular instead of mummy-shaped), has the valve conveniently placed in the corner where it belongs, packs down much smaller, and weighs only one ounce more.
The Insul-Mat is marginally cheaper than the Therma-Rest Pro 3, but the difference in price simply isn't worth it.
I cannot recommend the InsulMat Hyper-Lite.
I don't like the (lack of) sleep comfort offered by…
Price Paid: $59 at BackcountryGear.com
I don't like the (lack of) sleep comfort offered by an all-foam mat under my torso and don't completely trust self inflatables nor care for their higher carry weight. This is a good compromise; the lightness of a foam pad, full coverage down the legs (no 'shorty'), and a self inflating air mattress bladder for the shoulders and hips. The combo works. Reliable warm sleep through 3 seasons and little carry weight. It is also deployable almost instantly. Recommended.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Insul Mat Lite 1.0 Mattress Pad - A cutting edge 3-Season sleeping pad. Melding closed cell and open cell technologies the Hyper-Lite delivers comfort and exceptional warmth in a very lightweight package. Self inflating in the shoulder and hip areas for comfort and closed cell throughout to provide superior insulation with minimum weight. Size (in.) Size (cm.) Weight (oz.) Weight (g.) 20 x 72 x 1.0
- Massey's Outfitters
The Pacific Outdoor Equipment InsulMat Hyper-Lite Sleeping Pad combines the light weight and high thermal values of closed-cell foam with the comfort of open-cell, self-inflating mats. This crazy hybrid combination forms a molded closed-cell foam body that encases self-inflating shoulder and hip areas. This means you get nougats of comfy cushioning where you need it most and insulating closed-cell foam throughout this entire three-season pad. The Hyper-Lite's valve placement is a result of P.O.E.'s meticulous testing. Since placing the valve at an angle proved uncomfortable when campers rolled over, P.O.E. relocated it to the head where it's out of the way and works much smoother with the open-cell insert.
Get the best of both worlds with this comfortable sleeping pad—soft inflatable cushion and lightweight, high R-value closed-cell foam. This three-season pad is designed for weight-conscious trekkers, climbers and backpackers trying to trim ounces from their pack's load. Shoulder and hip areas self-inflate for added comfort; tough diamond-ripstop nylon shell protects against abrasion, punctures and tears. Closed-cell foam at foot and head areas offers reliable warmth with minimum weight. DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finish causes water to bead up and roll off. Anti-fungal treatment prevents fungus and bacteria from growing inside your pad. Stuff sack, VELCRO® brand closure strap, and repair kit included.
Pacific Outdoor Hyperlite 1.0 RegularA cutting edge 3-Season sleeping pad. Melding closed cell and open cell technologies the Hyper-Lite delivers comfort and exceptional warmth in a very lightweight package. Self inflating in the shoulder and hip areas fo
- US Outdoor Store
CLOSEOUTS . Hyper Lite sleeping pad from Insul Mat provides comfort and warmth in one hyper-light, backpacker-friendly package. Self-inflating chamber under shoulders and hips Water-repellent nylon Foam core Mesh storage bag Size (LxWxD): 78x20x1” Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz. Material: Foam, nylon and mesh CLOSEOUTS . China.
- Sierra Trading Post