Heads up on a cheap ultralight mat...

Discussion in 'Sleep Mats' started by tarptent, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. tarptent

    tarptent Trail Blazer

    I just found a full size, 60cm by 200cm (2 foot x 6 foot 7 inches), inflatable mat on ebay that weighs just 280g (!) and which can support 200kg, for under £10 with free postage!

    Because of the transverse tube design it can be rolled up to double as a stool.

    It is made of transparent 75D Polyethylene, so I don't know how robust it will be (anyone here got one?), but for under a tenner I think it's worth a punt. Should go well with my Polycro ground sheet. The seller is also open to offers:

    Last edited: Jun 20, 2020
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  2. tarptent

    tarptent Trail Blazer

    I made the seller an offer of £8, but he countered with another offer of £8.98, so I accepted his offer and it's on the way. :thumbsup:
  3. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    75 microns seems horribly flimsy for PE - 0.00075 mm, unless they've got their units in a muddle, that's about the same as a ziplock freezer bag. Interesting to see how it performs though, I await update with interest. :)
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  4. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    More cheap Chinese sh*te headed for landfill.
    Save your money and spend it in your local pub/barbers/shops. They need the money right now.
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  5. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Looks like a pool toy. Made for water I'd venture.
  6. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    When it pops you can use it to make ice cubes/tubes
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I thought it would automatically turn into a sleeping mat groundsheet.
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  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    My adventures into cheap UL inflatable mate lead me to the conclusion that in the long run it's cheaper to put your money into a more expensive brand mat.
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  9. Raul

    Raul Trekker

    Im currently using one from AE that works pretty good for the summer. No problems in like 3 years.
  10. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I have one I bought two years ago. They've gone up in price.
    Mine's heavier, about 340g.
  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I'm tempted by the NH 120cm wide pad @1kg for camping with me Mrs, heavier than 2 xtherms and not as warm but roomy.
  12. tarptent

    tarptent Trail Blazer

    The new mat turned up this morning. It actually weighs 269g, not 280g...But I needed an ultralight bag to store it in so I used the Sil Nylon bag my DD Superlight XL Tarp came in, which weighs 12g...That brings the total to 281g.
    It is possible to use a smaller, lighter bag to store it in though, so it could still come in under 280g with the right storage bag.

    It has two valves...A white, one way, inflation valve and a red straight through deflation valve. The valves are quite small (8mm bore) but it inflates quite easily when blowing into the inflation valve...Deflating it properly takes a lot longer that inflating it.

    The packaging says it is made in China but the writing on the label is in Japanese. I whipped out my camera translator app and the brand name (if indeed it is one) is "Essentials". The mat is called a "Basic Air Mat". It also says is is made of 9 layers of Nylon, not Polyethylene, which I am not sure is correct.

    It also says "Durability: 3 months"...That must be how much they guarantee it for. It also says if kept in darkness it will last 15 years...You tend to sleep when it gets dark so that may help to extend it's durability (?)

    One pleasant surprise I noticed is that the mat seems much longer than required for even a 6 foot 1 er like me to sleep on...Turns out the extra length rolls up to double as a pillow! So with this mat I can leave my pillow at home and save even more weight!

    [​IMG]Essentials Mat packaging sml by Alf Beharie, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Essentials Mat label sml by Alf Beharie, on Flickr
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020
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