Self-inflating mats?

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Paul, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    While I know Thermarest are supposed to be the bees' knees, they are
    expensive. My research has come up with four alternatives - Alpcom's
    Airic at 25ukp for standard type, Gelert at 24.99ukp for standard,
    Outwell standard at 25ukp and Argos at 14.99. The Airic and Gelert look
    pretty equal, as does the Outwell, while the Argos is narrower and no
    info on thickness or weight. Has anyone got and/or used any of these?
    TIA for any feedback.
    Regards,
    Paul.

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  2. Ysgrifennodd "Paul" <[email protected]> mewn neges
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    >
    > While I know Thermarest are supposed to be the bees' knees, they are
    > expensive. My research has come up with four alternatives - Alpcom's Airic
    > at 25ukp for standard type, Gelert at 24.99ukp for standard, Outwell
    > standard at 25ukp and Argos at 14.99. The Airic and Gelert look pretty
    > equal, as does the Outwell, while the Argos is narrower and no info on
    > thickness or weight. Has anyone got and/or used any of these?
    > TIA for any feedback.
    > Regards,
    > Paul.
    >
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    I have the wee-airic, which appears to be well built. It only weighs 100g or
    so less than the equivelent 3/4 thermarest at a 1/4 of the price. In that
    respect it's great. The standard airic is a tad heavier though (a kilo or
    so).

    Not yet used in anger though. Also have their sleeping bag and a head torch
    and i'd definately recommend them generally.

    Argos i'd tend to avoid, or be wary of at least, as they tend to change
    their camping items from season to season; ProAction 1 anyone? I wouldn't be
    surprised if they change the spec of their inflatable mats midseason. But
    they have a 16 day return policy, so you can at least get it and check out
    the general build quality.

    Hopefully will have time to test the wee airic out this easter. I've heard
    some good reports about it on other forums too.

    T Dave R.

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  3. In message <[email protected]>, Paul
    <[email protected]> writes
    >
    >While I know Thermarest are supposed to be the bees' knees, they are
    >expensive. My research has come up with four alternatives - Alpcom's
    >Airic at 25ukp for standard type, Gelert at 24.99ukp for standard,
    >Outwell standard at 25ukp and Argos at 14.99. The Airic and Gelert look
    >pretty equal, as does the Outwell, while the Argos is narrower and no
    >info on thickness or weight. Has anyone got and/or used any of these?
    >TIA for any feedback.
    >Regards,
    >Paul.
    >

    Got an Airic last year and used it extensively. Happy with it but a bit
    on the heavy side for backpacking.
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  4. Fran

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    [email protected] said...
    > Ysgrifennodd "Paul" <[email protected]> mewn neges
    > newyddion:[email protected]
    > >
    > > While I know Thermarest are supposed to be the bees' knees, they are
    > > expensive.

    >
    > I have the wee-airic, which appears to be well built. It only weighs 100g or
    > so less than the equivelent 3/4 thermarest at a 1/4 of the price. In that
    > respect it's great. The standard airic is a tad heavier though (a kilo or
    > so).
    >

    A lot depends on the use to which such a mat is to be put. If you're
    using some form of transport other than a car then at some stage you
    will have to carry your mat and you won't want anything too heavy or
    bulky. If bulk and weight aren't a problem (e.g. you're using a car or
    putting up a guest at home) then you could do worse than Aldi or Lidl
    who occasionally have self-inflating mattresses which are wonderful. I
    use one of theirs for car camping, with my Highlander (like Thermarest
    but a little bit heavier) mat on top. Despite my well-padded body I
    seem to be a bony so and so when trying to sleep in a tent.

    My Highlander mat is, as I said, a bit heavier than the equivalent
    Thermarest; however it is very comfy and it was cheaper than its
    competitor.

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