Specs

Weight 2.665 kg
Pack Size 64 x 20 cm
Height 7.5 cm
Length 200 cm
Width 60 cm

Reviews

This self-inflating mat replaces a worn out Therm-a-Rest…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 90 aus

Summary

This self-inflating mat replaces a worn out Therm-a-Rest and so far it is doing the job well. This product is cheap enough and is very comfortable. It is used about 20 times throughout the last two years. Summer, winter, it doesn't matter.

Pros

  • Great thermal resistance from the cold ground in winter
  • Comfortable and warm
  • Large enough so you don't slip off
  • Cheap
  • It can be left rolled up. This was explained by the manufacturer.

Cons

  • Is quite bulky, though it is only me on the bike so I don't mind its size.
  • It fits inside a large dry bag strapped to my seat. I would not use it for hiking; it is too large and heavy.
  • It is quite long and fills my two-man tent.

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This self-inflating mat is large. If you are after small and compact this is not for you. I had been using Therm-a-Rests over approximately 30 years and I finally needed something thicker and more comfortable and cheaper so I bought the Vango Comfort 7.5.

This mat is definitely suitable for use in subzero temperatures and I combine it with a good down bag. There is no coldness coming through the mat. It has excellent thermal properties for the price. It has a large self-inflating valve that you unwind and leave till I'm ready to adjust to my weight.

It is large when folded up, but this was expected by me when I read the specifications before buying. It looks well made and comes with a patch kit and glue.

I have used it a dozen times over the last two years and I am expecting years of further use.

Experience

I have used similar products since 1985 and have attended over 250 weekends of camping in wet, cold, and dry conditions. I have owned in total three self-inflating mats during this period of time and so far apart from its bulkiness this mat should be long lasting, comfortable, hard wearing, and cheap. Here's hoping.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review of your mat, SC Ward. If you have any pictures of it, those would be great to see in your review too.


1 month ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for taking the time to add those pics, SC Ward.


11 days ago

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