Mattresses / sleeping pads

31 Mar 2013 18:30 #56434 by ghaznavid
Has anyone tried to K-Way skeleton sleeping mattress? I checked it out in the shop. I can't find it on their website, but basically its the one that has big gaps in it. I tried lying on it in the shop and it seemed to be comfortable, but I'm curious how it would hold up in actual use.

I am considering it as an option, but will probably go with the thicker full air mattress (manually inflated). Weighs about 25g more and looks much more comfortable.

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31 Mar 2013 21:42 #56436 by Grandeur
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Sorry ghaznavid - Can't help you with that one but I can HIGHLY recommend my one - Peak Oyl Mtn. hyaliteequipment.com/sleeping-pads/view/peak-oyl-mtn-pm
I am 6 foot and the regular is perfect for me. Rolls up really small and is light too. 3 hikes to the escarpment and still going great guns. Warm too. I got it from Due South in Clearwater on a sale because it had one small grubby mark on it. I could have kicked myself because the next day I went to Drifters in Sandton City to pick up a FA Ice breaker sleeping bag and they had the better version hyaliteequipment.com/sleeping-pads/view/peak-oyl-elite-poe for the same price as the marked down one that I had just bought...
Oh well I'm still VERY happy with mine - all my hiking buddies want one too now and is much better than their FA ones that they use.

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01 Apr 2013 07:57 #56439 by ghaznavid
Thanks for the links Grandeur. I'm specifically looking for something that isn't self inflating. They are more expensive, but lighter, thicker and not much more effort to inflate.

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01 Apr 2013 14:25 #56441 by Grandeur
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I have yet to see a truly self inflating mattress... I have to blow mine up too. If you happen to see one of the ones I linked to - do yourself a favor and try it out. You will see for yourself how nice it is.

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01 Apr 2013 14:39 #56442 by ghaznavid
I have been using a self inflating mattress since Feb last year (a Thermal Comfort one).

It works fairly well and only occasionally deflates during the night (it deflated the last few times, but was somehow ok again on Thursday night).

One of the main things is that I like the idea of chopping 300g off my pack. It also takes up less space. Thus, if finances allow for it, I may be able to finally get a 3 season down bag and be able to squash my gear for an overnighter into a 35 litre daypack. See if I can't get my weight down to 10kg or so...

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01 Apr 2013 21:57 #56448 by Serious tribe
It should not deflate at all, there might be a problem with the valve or perhaps a pin sized hole somewhere.

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02 Apr 2013 05:53 #56449 by PeterHowells
I used a self-inflating mattress for a season 3 years back and was never happy with it. The main problem is that it takes up too much room in my pack for the benefit I get from it. Since then I have gone back to my old system - using one of the cheap plastic pool lilos. They weigh almost nothing, can be blown up easily in about 10 minutes. They also provide much more comfort than the self-inflating ones as they are higher off the ground, they are full length and they have a pillow part built in. The one I have cost me R35 and is surprisingly durable - I have used the same one now on the last 2 overnight hikes sleeping in caves. Being so cheap I usually replace them after 2 hikes - the "old" ones go into the pool and I spend another R35 or so on a new one.

In winter I also take one of the cheap blue high density foam mattresses to put underneath as extra insulation.

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02 Apr 2013 13:04 #56458 by Jax
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My 5 cents wrth - I have been using a Pacific Outdoor AO-Lite for about 5 years and have just replaced it with a Thermarest prolite Plus after some research. 51cm wide, 168cm long, 3.8cm thick,R rating 4.8 and weighs about 600g. Best change I ever made.

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05 Apr 2013 12:19 #56542 by Josh of the Bushveld
Ghaz, do you mean this one ?
( The manufacturer's website )

A friend of mine bought the one they sell at CUM and she wasn't impressed with it, she said her toe nail caught on it on the first night and it popped.

I bought the mil-spec one last year (on Amazon, someone was coming from the US).

I'm pretty happy with mine so far. It folds tiny and weighs almost nothing. Its a pretty impressive piece of kit, much more comfortable than one would imagine.

I took it on the Ship's Prow trip in October, but it had a leak due to a manufacturing defect (which I subsequently fixed myself with their guidance) so I couldn't do a proper field test (fortunately I didn't need it). I still plan to use it exclusively on my trails.

I'm also planning on buying a Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad for winter 'Berg trips, to use in addition to the Klymit.

I also own 2 FA Ultra-Lite self-inflating mats, which I love (go weekend/car camping with them), but for the huge weight and space saving, I use the Klymit.

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05 Apr 2013 14:10 #56549 by ghaznavid
That's the one I don't want - didn't feel that comfortable when I tried it in the shop.

The one I'm looking at is a solid mattress, CUM doesn't stock it any more, but they are trying to hunt it down for me.

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