Mattresses / sleeping pads
I don't see the value in a self-inflating mattress. They are far superior to a high density foam mattress, but they take up a lot of space and are heavier than the air mattresses. They usually have a good R-value, but Thermarest makes lots of them that have equivalent R-values without the disadvantages of a self inflating (although they tend to be more expensive).
After my Static V I would never go back to a self-inflating.
I have only used my Neoair once, so I can't really comment on it yet - but it seems to be great.
I'm a side sleeper though, and my hips didn't hurt as much, but I kept feeling like I was going to slide off. Will be testing it further on a 3 night trip soon
Anybody had any firther experience with the JR Gear Traverse Core - Insulated sleeping mat?
I had a look at one in store the other day, and they seem nice. Light weight and small, but still warm. The only aspect in doubt is their durability... has anyone had one of these for a while and can vouch for their durability?
I have had one for a while now and it is fine, no durability problems. It does get very well looked after though.
Just make sure you get the newer version with the air valve on the upper surface, not the older type with the air valve on the seam between the upper and lower surfaces, those valves gave problems.
That sounds like something brand new. Let me make some enquiries.
JulieMK wrote: Hi all, does anyone have feedback or even some info on a self inflatable that CUM sells called the Expedition? Its black in colour, lightweight and folds up smaller than most - Costs around R1100. I cannot find ANYTHING on the net and I am not sure why its not on CUM's website, but I placed an order for one in store and I just want to do my homework before paying, since they couldn't actually show me one.
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