Thermarest mat things

#1
Anyone got any experience of them? Am considering getting one for civvy trekking. Currently using an issue rollmat I got from surplus (cheapest 4/5 season I could get), but if thermarest style mats are that much warmer and more comfortable (especially due to dodgy back) then I'd consider it. They are extra weight as well though aren't they? + expensive
 
#2
booby said:
Thermarest Lite is just the job and around £45
You'll get a good night's sleep with one and it's definately worth getting one. The extra weight is insignificant and they are perfect for trekking. I suggest that you take the rollmat too mind. A good night's sleep is worth it!
They do come up on ebay by the way (Don't forget to take your puncture kit with you)
Are you on acid, or what?
 
#3
Tartan_Terrier said:
booby said:
Thermarest Lite is just the job and around £45
You'll get a good night's sleep with one and it's definately worth getting one. The extra weight is insignificant and they are perfect for trekking. I suggest that you take the rollmat too mind. A good night's sleep is worth it!
They do come up on ebay by the way (Don't forget to take your puncture kit with you)
Are you on acid, or what?
Agreed, wtf? A rollmat is heavy enough as it is (ok, not really). Before anyone suggests cutting it down I'm a wide lad and need it full width :D

When I said trekking I do mean proper trekking, where every lb counts and your young Mr Crabby here would like a helium bergen rather than lugging round two kitchen sinks just incase one breaks
 
#4
booby said:
If you're wide don't go for the 'lite' as it's narrower. Best go and try a few.
A very lightweight rollmat weighs mere ounces and is worth taking!
Do you do much camping around Worthing?
 
#5
The other idea for a roll mat and a Thermarest is the roll mat under the ground sheet (to stop punctures in that too) and the Thermarest inside the tent/bivvy.

Thermarest packs far smaller, but the puncture kit comment is not an idle one, the thermarest is nigh on f all use if punctured.

£45 now are they? Hmmmm
 
#6
Check these out, I use the wee one and have had zero problems.

AlpKit

I think they are only a small company though and appear to have sold out at the moment. The good news is they are British and prices include delivery. The service was next-day and included a personal delivery note when I bought mine.

And no I don't work for them and I'm not on commission
 
#8
NoshPiece said:
Check these out, I use the wee one and have had zero problems.

AlpKit

I think they are only a small company though and appear to have sold out at the moment. The good news is they are British and prices include delivery. The service was next-day and included a personal delivery note when I bought mine.

And no I don't work for them and I'm not on commission
Just to back up NoshPiece - I've used Alpkit's "not quite a thermarest" for a while now and love it to bits. They're also much more efficent with respect to sales & service than Cotswolds/similar.
 
#9
I got a Decathlon version (Quetcha??) a few years back whilst on the continent. Very comfy, but not as 'throw your bergan around and get it dragged off the back of the transport' friendly.
 
#10
I have the got the issue one here but it aint got the part number on. That was in the packaging whoops will try and dig it out for you. i used the decathlon one that fas_et_gloria was going on about too. Both good bits of kit.
Part no to follow
 
#11
#12
fas_et_gloria said:
I got a Decathlon version (Quetcha??) a few years back whilst on the continent. Very comfy, but not as 'throw your bergan around and get it dragged off the back of the transport' friendly.
Agree with "Fas et Gloria" the self inflating mats are prone to puncture,(Depends on usage etc) but nothing a puncture repair kit won't fix... :lol:
UBIQUE
 
#13
The wife has got some militarised ones here: http://www.rangemasternl.com/engaccmain.html

Scroll down and you will find it. Apologies for the photo, it will be re-done in the next few days.

Apologies for the blatant plug
 
#14
I bought an outwell branded one from a local camping shop - it cost just under £10. It's not as gucci as a thermarest but costs a fraction so I won't be crying if it get's ripped to bits. Comes with a repair kit too and it's green so i'm a happy bunny...
 
#15
For the life of me i cant find that part number anywhere.
Soz guys.
I will post if i find it, anyone going on Ops soon will have one put in their Ops bag for deployment im sure.
 
#16
My thermarest has more holes in it than a siev!
However with the application of small squares of black and nasty its still going strong!
 
#17
numbered_3 said:
My thermarest has more holes in it than a siev!
However with the application of small squares of black and nasty its still going strong!
You can get them real cheap at www.theoutdoorshop.com Find a mate who has membership of the AMA and you'll get 20% off (or it might be 10% - not sure). It's the best online shop I've shopped with, really cheap. And it's just off the A5 near Milton Keynes.

Go for the 4 season thermarest (ultra I think) 3/4 size, cos you can improvise a pillow for your heid and stick yer feet up on your bergan.
 
#18
i have a thermarest and would reccomend it to anyone. If you Live in Wilts BCH camping does good deals when there is a sale on. Not sure if they are on-line
 
#20
Tartan_Terrier said:
booby said:
I suggest that you take the rollmat too mind.
Are you on acid, or what?
Looks like a Wah, but if you're on snow or frozen rock, the rollmat 'insulates' the thermarest, I know it sounds like I'm having a laugh but it's been tested by boffins - roll mat on ground and thermarest on top.

Although they have to be inflated to work, you do get some benefit from a flat/leaking thermarest. I prefer a folding mat, but the thermarest is far more comfy and if they're gonna issue them ...
 

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