Self inflating mattresses

Submitted: Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 20:35
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Hi Guys,
I want to buy a couple of single self inflating mattresses.

Anyone have any recommendations as to the best brands or types to buy.

Thanks in anticipation

Geoff
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 20:50

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 20:50
Geoff,

Self inflating is a misnomer. They are actually a foam mattress inside a sealed cover that you actually squeeze the air out of when you pack them away.

The effort of rolling them up is not to be ignored. And they do not roll down to a very small size.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 22:41

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 22:41
I personally hate the things,i suggest you go into Rays and give them a real go,and see what you think then !


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Reply By: troopyman - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 20:50

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 20:50
I use dmh 4wd 100mm self inflating mats . They are as comfy as the home bed . We take fitted bottom sheets and top sheets and doonas and make them up like we would at home . Just like being at home .
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:00

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:00
We do exactly the same. Normal sheets, and a thick 4" mattress inside a double swag. Won't back to the thinner self-inflating mattresses.
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Reply By: matske - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:04

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:04
i got a coleman self inflating mattress i hate it. just bought oz tent king goanna stretcher bed very comfy luv it. got a show special 2 beds for $140
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Reply By: greatoutdoorsdirect - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:43

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 21:43
Hi,

In answer to your question, dont be to particular on brands...most are made a very similar factories.
Just make sure you get 10cm thick, and that foam is CORED. This the difference between inferior and quality brands. Cored chambers allow for better inflation, deflation, and storage of air -meaning more comfort.
As for self inflating mat go, they are the most comfortatble, however you have to make the compromise for space -they are bulky.

As for which is the best bedding solution, well could talk for hours. Strechers/ self inflating mats/swags/tent cots...
All comes down to personal comfort.
I personally take a xl strecher, and place a k/s 4wd self inflating mat on top. Bit of an overkill, but extremely comfortable. I never compromise on my rest time in the outdoors.

regards
regan
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Follow Up By: Sixty at Last - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:20

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:20
I agree Regan.

We use Thermarest mattresses on stretchers. One is about 2cm thick inflated; the other about 4cms.

We don't find rolling them up any problem ( about a minute each) and they are not bulky and are light and easy to wedge into unused spaces when re-packing.

When arriving at camp, just pull out the plug and leave them for 30 minutes or so. They're then about 60% inflated and don't need more than about 10 lungfulls.

Too easy and almost too comfortable. I'll be using them at least till I'm eighty at last.

One downside - they are a bit pricey.

www.thermarest.com/

John.
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Follow Up By: greatoutdoorsdirect - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:04

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 00:04
Yip, John. Pricey but you get what you pay for.....that is why Thermarest are simply the finest you can get.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim (Syd) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 06:53

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 06:53
Totally agree. Tried a number of others but went back to Thermarest.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 14:10

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 14:10
Agreed x 3.

I have used self inflating matresses for over 20 years, specifically the lightweight ones when bushwalking and for that purpose they're great.

For car camping, you cannot go past the THERMAREST brand. These are the ones you want:

THERMAREST LUXURY CAMP SERIES

You will pay nearly twice (or more) money for one of these, but they are incomparable to the cheaper brands. Don't listen to those who have the rubbish ones who tell you they are cr@p....they haven't used one of these. I reckon they're more comfy than my bed at home.

They do take a little effort to roll up, but IMHO it is worth the extra $$ and they DO roll up to a reasonable size for packing in the car...again MUCH smaller than the el-cheapos. Don't even bother with the cheap ones as you will end up chucking it away and eventually getting one (or more) of these for your camping comfort and the initial purchase will be wasted dollars.

I'm not always about spending big on camping gear, but in one's bedding I think it's worth it. Another point about the cheaper ones is they don't last anywhere near as long. I still have a Thermarest that I used for bushwalking whilst teaching outdoor ed and it is over 18 years old now and apart from one minor repair from a stray thorn, it is still as good as the day I bought it....not bad value for about a hundred bucks at the time!

I'm sure there will be others who disagree and reckon the cheapos are fine, but if you intend to do a lot of camping and want it to last, you will be most happy with the Thermarest.

Cheers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 14:13

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 14:13
Ps ......and take good pillows. This will also make you sleep much better along with a good quality mat.

Cheers...(again)...

Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:10

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 14:10
x 4 Highly recommend Thermarest, they roll up real small and are very comfy.
My wife and I always had the blue & red blow up Primus mattress's.
they take much longer to air down and fold than the Thermarest.

We bought the base camps for the kids and the luxury for us, one of the best bits of camping gear weve bought....wish we did it years ago!
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Reply By: Member - Porl - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 22:51

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 22:51
Katmandu stores have a 50% special on self inflating mats at 7.5cm high I think, the XL ones anyhow. Great deal if that's what you want.

I think its about weight rating, if you're 50kg yeah a 4cm high self inflated is great, if your 80kg or more you'll wake up whenever you roll on your side.

The only other thing getting rave reviews, and are half the rolled up size but come with own pump, are the down and foam chip filled air mats that are like $200 to $250 on some sites. Friend at work says she and hubby took away self inflatable thermorests but whingy daughter spent her KFC earned funds and took one of these and she was the only one to sleep fully, friend said she tried it and these cannot be compared to foam self inflatables as are too incredible. You pay for it of course but you won't get cold in sub zero temps either but the bees knees I am led to believe.

These are the ones, "exped" they are called, some sites are having specials cause on older models where the pump was contained in the sack it travels in but in the newer ones I believe they in the actual mattress.

http://www.mountainequipment.com/index.php?mod=subcategory&id_cat_csc=78&id_sub_csc=31
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:24

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 at 23:24
Hi Geoff,

I have a couple of these: Exped SIM Light 10 DLX (You'll need to navigate to Products->Sleeping Mats->SIM Light to view them)

They are the warmest and most comfortable nights sleep I've ever had in the bush.

The SIM Light 10 is rated to a ground temperature of -48degC, there are no temperature conditions in Australia that will have the ground robbing you of body heat.

That to me is the key thing in picking these mats over air beds and other sleeping surfaces.

I'll never go back to foam or air beds ever again.

Oh, the SIM Light 10's velcro together to make a double bed as well.

Geoff

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 07:34

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 07:34
Drawback with the Exped Synmat is that if you sit up your b*m hits the ground/floor.

A prob when the ground is cold, eg. when camping on snow.

Otherwise it's compact and insulates well.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 08:22

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 08:22
You do realise the Exped SynMat (the one you are talking about) and the Exped SIM Light are two entirely different models with two entirely different target users?

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 08:54

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 08:54
Yep.

The orig post doesn't give any guidance as to intended application to the replies are casting the net wide.
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 01:35

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 01:35
We have two coleman singles, I find them very comfortable (with bad back) and don't know what the problem is with deflating them, can do it in one go and always get it back in it's bag, btw I also have sore hands.

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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 09:14

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 09:14
A mate of mine hires camping gear as a business in Darwin, he has used every type of S I M and told me that the DMH ones are the go.

In fact he is here now and we are about to go to the East Alligator river and KILL FISH yip yah.

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: LeanneW - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 10:08

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 10:08
Hi Geoff,
My husband and I used Roman Super Deluxe "moon mats" (self inflating mats) when we tented around oz in 2004. They are very comfy. We bought another one this year for our 3yo daughter to use when we go camping.
My parents have the thermarest brand, and they have been happy with them too.
Like someone else suggested - go and try one in a shop before you buy it.
Cheers
Leanne

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Reply By: austastar - Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 18:03

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 18:03
I have a Freedom King Single, and am very happy with it.
Will never go back to lilos again.
It is easy to roll up, just do a quick roll first, then lock the screw, then unroll and start with it still flat, then squeeze the last out when you catch up with it.
Dead set easier than lilos.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:34

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:34
We have a therma rest and a Katmandu and both are good for what they are, they keep your back warm dry and free from most rocks when sleeping rough.

They are not amazingly soft and comfortable but they are small and handy for emergency sleeping.

We also have a bigger queen size generic that is far more comfortable but no where near as portable.
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:36

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:36
The therma rest is about 20 years old and had been stabbed by cactus spines and gnawed by bush rats.

Repaired both times and still working.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:20

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:20
DMH for me.
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Reply By: Duncanm - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:46

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:46
Does any one know where to buy DMH mats in Melbourne please??

thanks

Duncan
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