If you’re anything like me you’ll relish your sleep. There’s little better than having a comfortable place to crash. When it comes to camping that has been cruelly denied to me for my whole life so far. But now I have a lovely new lightweight sleeping mattress to whisk me off to nod, keeping me off the cold ground and away from nobbly rocks.
As part of my drive towards super-lightweight equipment stockpiling before my trek to Skye I needed to tick off a sleeping mattress. A fair bit of research tended to bring me back to the same conclusion, that the Therm-a-Rest Neoair Camping Mat
was the best-regarded out there. I slightly grudgingly paid about the dauntingly hefty cost and took possession of my own one. When it arrived I was pleased with how small it was.
I opened its little bag and had a go inflating it. The material is fairly quiet to lie on when fully-inflated but does feel like I have to be super-careful not to puncture it, even though there is a single puncture patch included. I’m assured from other reviews that it’s more robust than it feels. Nevertheless I shall be segregating all pointy objects away from the inside of my tent once I get going.My first use of the mattress came on a night I knew I would be drunkenly collapsed at a friend’s house. He had just had his first child and we spent the evening sousing ourselves with (I think) Japanese whiskey and normal red wine. Ever-prepared (but never a boy-scout) I brought the little pack and slept very nicely on it. I was only awoken by the sound of Zak screaming into the toilet the following morning.
In August I went to a friend’s wedding which was an all-camping affair in a field. Excellent opportunity to use my mattress! In combination with my lovely sleeping bag it passed with absolutely flying colours.
Apparently it weighs only 410g so it’s a great addition to my already pretty nifty load.