Fail proof lightweight summer mat suggestions

Discussion in 'Sleep Mats' started by Craig, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Craig

    Craig Backpacker

    Appreciate this is about trade offs. I have worked my way though a few mats & suffered valve failures, leaks & punctures. Now have a 2 week summer light weight bivvy trip planned with no mat resupply options. I am too old to sleep direct on the hard earth if a mat fails & can't be repaired. Thinking of going back to foam with some xtra strips stuck on in key pressure areas. I am a side sleeper. Any suggestions for a robust or perhaps easily repaired (on the hill) , lightweight, moderately comfortable mat. Doesn't need to be full length or width.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    The Zlites are comfy if you don’t mind the bulk, cut down to 3/4 length isn’t too bad
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  3. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Seconded. The Z-lite style is pretty good for comfort from foam. Spent many nights on them as a side sleeper.

    The proper Z-lites are comfier than the £10 Karrimors and don't soak up as much water, but not by much.
  4. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I always carry a 90cm * 50cm * 6mm CCF in the Exodus as a pack 'frame' which I reckon would do me at a push in place of the Neoair. Small leaks in the Neoair can be easily repairs in less than 2 minutes (once the leak is found); clean with alcohol then slap a piece of cuben repair tape on (I believe @paul sells it now), inflate & go back to bed.
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  5. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I use some closed cell tent underlay 150cm x 40cm (c.100g) and a Neoair X-Lite small (205g) on top of that. I get most of the comfort of an air mat plus more insulation and a failsafe if the air mat fails. I usually put some rolled up clothes under my knees too. Works for me. I had an Exped mat fail on me and the tent underlay worked ok, although not that comfortable. I supplemented it with some clothes. Another bit of insurance I’ve taken is an inflatable sitmat, which you can put under your hip if you are a side sleeper.
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I got the Onda mat from LG when I ordered my Khufu, not tried it yet but it’s very light for a 54x180cm mat
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  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Somebody on BPL was recently saying that it's very comfortable for ccf.
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  8. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

  9. Craig

    Craig Backpacker

    Thanks will take a look for a Z-lite in the shops, one issue I see with this is it probably won't fit in my Ryan Air luggage dimension allowance though.
  10. maddogs

    maddogs Trail Blazer

    n+1 for z lite.
    My neoair failed the night before our death valley backpack (hole at the valve = un-repairable:(). Used a Z-lite for the 5 days and, while not as comfy as the neoair, I was quite surprised how tolerable it was (significantly better than the old Karrimats we used to use as kids).
    New plan is half length neoair + half length zlite for full length cover, best comfort for the hips, and some redundancy for if/when the p*nct*re fairy visits.
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  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I like the ridgerest cut down... Use it as a tube in the pack for a bit of stealth and bulk reduction... The cut offs make. Good seats and for making the length up...
  12. Stube

    Stube Backpacker

    A lightweight 3/4 length self inflating mat is a option - even punctured they provide some comfort and insulation.

    About 330gms from Multimat else where.
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  13. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Yep. used Thermarest Prolite 3 3/4 as my main mat for years - did my TGOs with that
    supplemented with full length CCF in winter.
    Still used occasionally for overnighters/weekends, but for longer trips I prefer a full length airmat these days.
  14. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    No mention of the STS mats yet?

    Separate top and bottom chambers I think

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