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Value for Money: 5/5 Thermal Value: 5/5 Comfort: 4/5 Pack Size: 5/5 Tested in: Mountains/Wild Camping. Excellent value mat when compared to Thermarest, of which an entry level mat will set you back at least twice as much. The bag comes rolled up in a small olive green storage case which can be held in one hand easily and is compact enough to be squished into most places within your pack. A small repair is included but I've yet to test it so far. With adequate sleeping area preparation you should be able to avoid unwelcome punctures, the mat is made of a ripstop material. The mat is self inflating but I personally find it doesn't inflate firm enough, two to three breaths normally give it the rigidity it needs after leaving it to self inflate for a while through an easy to use valve (Simply unscrew, leave to inflate then breath into it a couple of times and lock). Once it's inflated to the point it doesn't bend easily it's easily thick enough to sleep on your back or to a degree your side in warmer weather, also doubles up great for a seat and gives noticeable warmth which is always welcome on the hills. The main drawback I find with this mat is the slippery nature of the material. If you're sleeping on any incline you'll find you simply slide off it with your sleeping bag so this requires some creativity to overcome. Storing the mat is easier then you imagine but not extremely quick, you have to roll it up once to get the air out, lock the valve then unfurl and roll it up again to get it to fit within the carry bag. A reminder though that for long term storage it should be -inflated- not rolled up, make sure you've somewhere to put it! Overall: Excellent value, good thermal properties however the slippery nature of the mat can be irritating until you figure out your way around it.
George5th July, 2017