Improving mat insulation for winter

Discussion in 'Sleep Mats' started by el manana, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    That first stuff is Mylar coated bubble wrap. What the Americans call reflectix and is often used for pot cozies. Not great for use under a mat, I tried using it as a sit pad and destroyed it very quickly.
  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I have the 200x100cm size and it folds up to approximately 26x21x8cm, which seems reasonable for what it is.
    I think Paul's stuff has no foam, in which case it should fold a lot smaller.
  3. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

  4. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

  5. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

  6. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

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    I use wide elastic with button-holes to secure my quilt to my sleeping mat. When using the under-mat I just strap the elastic around both mats. So if the mat wants to go for a walk in the middle of the night, it all slides as one unit - the under-mat, sleeping-mat, quilt and me!
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  7. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    For a number of years I used a neoair xlite with a piece of laminate floor underlay underneath. Worked very well for me in winter. To carry I folded and lined my mariposa with it.. everything then got stuffed into the pack ... like stuffing a giant burrito:)
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  8. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Trail Blazer

    @el manana - I cant be arsed reading the thread, forgive me if someone’s mentioned this.

    Radiator backing from B&Q, it’s cheap as chips. Foil one side and a very thin layer of polystyrene on the other, it’s designed to reflect heat. Put it under your neoair. It weighs **** all.

    ed told me about this yonks ago, it works. However, I have a mahoosive downmat and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
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  9. benp1

    benp1 Summit Camper

    I faffed about with reflectex and then CCF under my neoair. I have now an xtherm and use it au naturelle
  10. Snowdonia wildcamper

    Snowdonia wildcamper Trail Blazer

    I went from a neo camper with a multimat artic type mat underneath, very comfy and warm, to a xtherm which is still comfy and warm but must be nearly a kg lighter and a whole lot less bulkier of course. I still take a cut down zlite to go underneath in the snow.i use that for a knealing mat, flat surface ect before bed.
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  11. Foxster

    Foxster Trail Blazer

    I really like my Neoair xtherm too and find no need for anything under it, even with the tent on top of snow.

    Just wish I didn't find it so slidey. I'm toasty when on top of it but often wake up with some part of me off it.
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  12. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Sliding off mats is a pita, now I just put the mat inside my bivvy and job sorted ;)

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