Mattresses / sleeping pads

08 Mar 2016 14:21 #67283 by Biomech
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Same here! I need some new sleeping equipment and am looking to purchase this weekend.

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08 Mar 2016 14:44 - 08 Mar 2016 14:58 #67284 by ghaznavid
My 2c worth: don't go with a self-inflating mat. Inflatable without foam folds up much smaller, and inflates to a thicker size. I have used a Thermarest Neoair and a Klymit Static-V. Both have been great.
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08 Mar 2016 14:49 #67285 by saros
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How about this one? I am considering something along the lines of this one:

First Ascent Mat

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08 Mar 2016 15:04 #67286 by ghaznavid

saros wrote: How about this one? I am considering something along the lines of this one:

First Ascent Mat

The quoted stats are good. Best bet is to find a shop that stocks one, inflate it and be that awkward guy in the shop who is pretending to sleep on the shop floor :laugh:

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09 Mar 2016 05:03 #67288 by kbresler
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CCDV wrote: Please do... I'd be interested in the specs!

Thanks

They sent me the wrong details so I went to have a look. It's called the K-Way Sherpa Expedition Mat. At R1000 this looks like a really decent mat. Full length and good construction. CUM doesn't offer r-values on their product but I reckon insulation on this mat will be good.

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09 Mar 2016 06:21 #67289 by saros
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Thanks Ghaz,

Think I will do that on a busy weekend and really be that awkward guy in store. Hahaha

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09 Mar 2016 09:11 #67291 by JulieMK
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Thanks so much! I think I should conclude the sale on this one - 755g though, not too heavy?

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09 Mar 2016 09:53 - 09 Mar 2016 10:02 #67292 by ghaznavid

JulieMK wrote: Thanks so much! I think I should conclude the sale on this one - 755g though, not too heavy?

Klymit Static-V is 514g, a Thermarest Neoair is 540g (neither is self inflating, though).

Self inflating mats are generally thinner, bulkier and heavier than air mats. They usually have decent R-Values, though. My Static-V is great, but only has an R-value of something like 1.4, while my NeoAir has an R-Value of 4.9 - so my NeoAir is basically my cold weather mat. Personally I would never go back to a self-inflating mat, but that's just me. The idea of a thinner, heavier mattress that takes up more space in my pack is not ideal! In my experience, at altitude, all a self-inflating mat really does is unfold itself :whistle:
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09 Mar 2016 09:59 #67293 by CCDV
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Agree with Ghaznavid... although the JR Gear Traverse core insulated does one better... 470g (i think) rolls up very small! R value of 5.0.

I bought one of these a few weeks ago... only spent 2 nights on it so far, but very happy with it... comfy, and easy to use. The "Dry bag" pump works well, and doesn't take much longer than blowing up a "self inflating" mattress. My only worry is durability on rough ground, but for all its benefits, I'll make a plan to look after it.

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09 Mar 2016 10:02 #67294 by Riaang
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JulieMK, it's quite heavy. How thick is the mattress? I have a couple of self inflating mattresses ranging from 2,5mm to 3,5mm weighing anything from about 530g to 630g for a really wide one from FA (think it is 58cm wide which I find more comfy, with the smaller ones I tend to touch the ground more regularly). A good alternative is a shorter mat - much lighter and if you sleep on your side your legs should be fine. At 1,97m tall I generally only use the shorter ones in summer as I just simply can't fit on the short mat - meaning my legs are cold in winter.

I recently purchased a foam mat from Thermarest, think it is called the Ridgesomethingsomething - R rating of 2,5 which will work for our winters, and it is super light, about half the weight of the KWay mattress you are looking at. Probably only 2cm high but surprisingly comfortable, even lyuing on my side my hips were fine the next morning.

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