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Self Inflating Mats

Self Inflating Mats

Self Inflating Mats are a cross between the traditional compressed foam camping mat and the airbed. Self Inflating mats are made with compressed foam layers which are then covered in a durable (usually rip-stop) fabric such as polyester or nylon. This fabric is then usually treated in some way either with a PVC resin or pongee material to stop the self inflating mat sliding over the surface of your tent groundsheet when you move around in the night.

The mats get their name from the fact that when you unscrew the valve of the mat, air will rush into the mat as the internal foam expands. To achieve the optimum depth of the mat (and therefore comfort) you will need to blow into the valve just to top up the air pressure. Once the self inflating mat is at the required air pressure, simply tighten the valve to lock the air in. To deflate you unscrew the valve and roll up the mat squeezing the air back out as you go.

Self inflating mats for camping and backpacking have increased massively in popularity. This is because they are generally lighter than the traditional airbed, are less prone to deflate and you don't require a pump. For the trekking and backpacking market there are now several types of lightweight self inflating mats which are shaped to the body so removing excess foam from the corners and they have also had the internal foam cored out to further reduce weight and bulk.

For campers, self-inflating mats come is a variety of depths - usually 3, 5, 7 and 10 centimetres and also in single and double versions. In basic terms the deeper the mat the greater the distance between you and the floor of your tent and therefore the more comfortable you will be. Of course, the deeper the mat, the bulkier it will be to transport.

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