- Camping mat recommendations?
Currently using a thermarest bivi mat 3/4 length which is good but 3/4 length. When camping rather than biving I usually supplement this with a decatholon thermarest copy which although cheap is usually effective for 4-6 weeks before developing a leak.
Can anyone recommend a decent quality replacement?Posted 5 years agodanielgrovesMember
I’d personally go for a thermarest, just choose the one from there range that best suits your requirements. I have a basecamp and a trail light. Had both for about 8-10 years and both are still in good condition and have never had an issue with them. It’s worth spending the extra initially for kit that lasts.Posted 5 years agojonathanSubscriber
Had a little 3/4 Alpkit one (used as a child’s mat) and a big f-off fat double one (for when you’re not travelling light) for a few years and have had no issues.
They’re not as “nice” as Thermarests (we’ve got a few of those too) but if I was buying now I’d almost certainly be saving my money and going for Alpkit.Posted 5 years agotricky dickySubscriber
Alpkit ok but difficult to pack away, does not self inflate and I have suffered a couple of punctures on stones when directly onto ground, good value and decent insulation though.Posted 5 years ago
Check sports direct as they sometimes have some bargain mats in store or go outdoors too?
Saw some kind of skeleton mat at outside in hathersage on Sunday, packed up to the size of a can of drink.Posted 5 years agobobloMember
Alpkit have a good replacement policy because…they need it. I have a Fat Airic for car/valley camping that sprung a leak with very little provocation when the seams let go.
I have a collection of Thermarests and I’d prefer to rely on them when in more serious situations (mountaineering etc).Posted 5 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
I’ve got a mountain equipment helium 3.8 – http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/code/83120064
Decent enough for the money, use it regularly be it camping proper, sleeping in the car or on a floor. Definitely prefer it with a sleeping bag though, there’s not really enough there to be really comfy on harder ground on its own, but it’s very small and light considering the price.Posted 5 years ago
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