Lightest non noisy sleeping mat!

Discussion in 'Sleep Mats' started by Misadventure-Magnet, May 12, 2020.

  1. Hello all! Looking for ideas on the lightest, yet least noisy sleeping mat? The therm-a-rest neo air is a tad squeaky and quite narrow. What's another good option? Want an R rating of at least 4 if not higher (I'm a cold sleeper!) Bulk and weight are important - as is price...!!
  2. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    My neoair xlite max SV is rectangular rather than tapered, so not so narrow. And seems not as crinkly as the standard xlites.
  3. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    @Lempo produced a very useful mat r value and weight chart which covered pretty much everything. It’s in the mat thread. I suggest you pick your best contenders for price/weight /r value first then come ask about experience of squeakiness.
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  4. Thanks! Just tried my friends neoair which arrived in the post and actually it's not so bad after all!
  5. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    My solution for a noisy pad

    Also works great for noisy sheep, cows, horses, snoring neighbours and noisy wind :D


    In all seriousness though, they really do help me get a good nights sleep in a tent
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    I find XLites crinkle and Expeds squeak, but neither bothers me
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  7. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Never bothered me either, and I never go camping without earplugs, vital.
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  8. Charles42

    Charles42 Trail Blazer

    You might try the new womens xlite . It's just a tad shorter than the normal length.
    Only 340 grams and a new rating of over 5 . Always take earplugs with me .Essential for
    all types of unwanted noise .
  9. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Nemo tensor insulated. Uber lite uninsulated.
  10. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Klymit Insulated V Light is warm enough for this cold sleeper but I don't remember the exact R rating, wider than most and makes zero noise.
  11. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    @Stumpghes do you have an Uber lite?
    If so how do you find it?
    I used mine for about 16 nights and it split it's baffles, replaced no questions, but not sure how I'd feel about taking one on an extended trip .
    As off I'll ever do an extended trip! Lol and here was me expecting a puncture!
  12. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Enzo, no, Uber light not durable enough with dog. Nemo only 20d but so far...fingers crossed.
  13. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I like my Exped synmat HL LW 445g R3., supposed to be rated at -6C. Not quite as light or as warm as therm-a-rest neo air but not noisy and very comfortable. I put a bit of 2mm foil/foam mat under it for warmth and to protect it. This stuff.
  14. Stumpghes

    Stumpghes Summit Camper

    Klymit Ul is noiseless too and pretty light. 1 ounce heavier than Nemo Tensor but not as warm or nearly as comfortable. Cheap though and probably warmer with a bag. I think their pads are unsuitable for use with quilts.
  15. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    I find the Klymit quite comfortable. Takes a little getting used to as the design is different but I don't notice it any more. I also use mine with a quilt without problems
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  16. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Everyone who has done reviews on those Ubers has had a problem either with leaks or baffles. Seems they need to go back to the drawing board with that one
  17. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Stupid lite?
    I think @WilliamC uses them successfully?
  18. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Could some nice person link me to @Lempo s spreadsheet please, had a look through the 1st page in the "mat" forum and can't see it, I remember looking at it a while ago
  19. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Hopefully it's readable, I tried to squeeze everything in one page.

    Screenshot 2020-05-16 at 12.02.10.jpg

    Here's a link to PDF
  20. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    140 gms of Onda and 60 gms of my found 8mm mat will be my next effort - if ever I get to try it.
  21. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    @Shewie I think a site wiki would be useful for stuff like this. Also links to cottage manufactures, materials, etc. I don't know the platform this site is on and if it's doable, but just a thought.
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  22. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    That's a great idea.
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  23. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    One of the two we originally bought from Amazon US had a slow leak from right out of the box and was replaced. (Amazon has a fixed return shipping price, so I actually made a bit on returning it.)
    Since then, they haven't had a lot of use as they're mainly a warmer weather mat, which tends to mean spring for us. They should be getting a lot of use round about now :(.
    I like the weight and the fact that they pack smaller. However, I regard them as a bit of a luxury buy; if I only had one pad, I'd go for the Women's X-lite. Not much heavier but warmer and nicer material.
    Oh, and the material on the Uberlite squeaks a bit when you move.
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  24. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I definitely have a woman's xlite shaped hole in my quiver...
    Have an xlite short, xtherm R and uberlight R plus a couple of random mats to choose from.
    But also tempted by the naturehike £40 1kg 120cm wide double mat for with my Mrs.
    Cheap enough to think about cutting a foot off the length and possibly 20cm off the width.

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