Thermarest Uberlite

Discussion in 'Sleep Mats' started by The Cumbrian, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    When I arrived gone from work earlier my new Uberlite (large) had been delivered, so naturally the first thing I did after taking my boots off was try it out in the living room.
    First thing was the weight and packed size. 250g 250g lighter than my Exped Synmat UL 7LW, and less than half the packed size, and I'm very pleased with it already.
    I was even happier to discover that my Snozzle fits the valve without too much persuasion and I soon had it inflated.
    It's a bit noisier and not as thick as my Exped, but it was still very comfortable during my quick living room test, and I can't wait to try it out as soon as possible.
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  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    1st dibs on your synmat lol.
    Looking forward to your review :thumbsup:
  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Amazon is now shipping Uberlites to Turkey. Has anyone got any feedback?
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I'm formic my opinion :oops:
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  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Post edited to make yours look strange :asshat:
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

  7. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Acid test? :devilish:
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  8. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

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    I used mine for the first time last weekend, and it was very comfortable and warm enough despite an overnight frost. I would now be confident using it by itself well below freezing, just as long as the ground wasn't frozen. That's going to be my limit for using this mat by itself. I'd be happy using it with my el cheapo ccf pad a little colder, but if I was camping on snow I'd either use a mat with a higher R value, or back the Uberlight up with a more substantial ccf pad.
  9. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Only 4 nights with the Ubelite so far, so I can't comment on durability.
    On the second night, however, temperatures dropped to -5°C. We were using the Uberlites with a thin (2mm?) aluminium coated ccf mat underneath and had no problem with cold from the ground. I see that under Cascade Designs' updated R ratings that the Uberlite is now rated at 2.3R.
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  10. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    That’s very interesting. Do either of you consider yourselves cold sleepers?
  11. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    I'm not a cold sleeper, but I still wouldn't use it intentionally on frozen ground without any backup.
  12. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Bozena is a cold sleeper, but she wears a lot of clothes. I'd say I'm edging towards being a cold sleeper as I age. On this occasion, we were both very tired (two nights of 4-5 hours sleep plus over 1,600m of ascent mostly into a fierce headwind) and didn't eat much before bed, so we were probably sleeping colder than we normally do.
    In this case, the ground wasn't frozen when we set up.
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  13. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Here's a gratuitous photo of the next morning:
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  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I forgot to mention that although they don't have the crisp packet rustle of the Neoairs, they do make a kind of plastic rubbing noise when you move which we both found more disturbing.
  15. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Hi William how is the tent performing against condensation?
  16. Pala2

    Pala2 Day Walker

    For those wondering, the uberlite (seen below pressed against my window) doesn't have the reflective coating/layer inside, like the x-lite do.

    The short one is also lighter (146g) than advertised (170g) but felt really narow. I went from the x-lite short to the neoair original small, rectangular before trying this one, so I feel the uberlite is narrower than the x-lite, but I'm not sure.

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  17. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Out of 13 nights, we've had 2 when there was condensation, if I recall correctly.
    The very first night we used it we had condensation frozen to the inside and outside of the fly.
    The second time was in the photo above. Camped by a lake without a breath of a breeze and with temperatures dropping from the mid 20s to minus 5. condensation was inevitable. Towards morning, it froze to the fly. It was one of those nights where water condensed on any surface, inside or outside of the tent and why we waited for the sun before packing up.
    In neither case did we have a problem with condensation running down to the floor (before it froze, obviously).
    I did notice that there was moisture on the Event end panels. Though they may stay a bit drier themselves, I don't think they do anything to bring down the overall condensation. One good function they do have, though, is they let the trapped air out of the tent when you roll it up.
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  18. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Used my Uberlite this weekend for the first time, three nights and it stayed inflated.

    It was warmer than I thought it would be, I did play it safe with a warm quilt though so that helped.

    I was a bit nervous about using it as a pad inside my pack but I managed to keep any pointy bits well away.
  19. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    @Shewie what temps did it get down to and what rating of bag/quilt was you using?
  20. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Not too sure, the last forecast I checked was giving 9c for Saturday night
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  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I'd have said around 3c on Sunday night, was a bit parky holding my novel lol

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