There must be a trick to deflating this thing, but what it is, I don't know. After opening the valves, I first accordion-fold it three times and sit on it to contemplate. After the hissing stops, I close the valves and begin to accordion again with 6 folds. When I get to the third fold, I open the valves and proceed. More sitting and contemplating. Close valves when hissing stops. The next time, I roll, opening the valves when about half-rolled. And then--yes! More sitting in contemplation. Repeat. After all this, I now have a roll that is still too big fit back into the bag, have done a lot of meditating, and am an accomplished Buddhist. As to the comfort of this mat, ahhhh, a different story. COMFY! VERY! Even my old creaky bones are happy. That is, so long as I don't slither off the slick covering. I solved this problem with a strip of that rubber mesh used for shelf lining. It's light, rolls up small (unlike the mat itself) and keeps my bag in place on top of the mat. If you have a buddy to help you roll the dang thing up at the end of the night, if you're car-camping, if you get a rubberized mesh strip to hold you on it, this mat is great.
Found this sleeping pad after looking around for an air mattress with foam inside that was thicker than usual Thermrests. Took this camping mid summer, temps dropped to about mid 30's at night. Let it self inflate, then once I laid down to go to sleep, adjusted the firmness a little. Never have I slept so well on the ground. Woke up and my back felt great. I didn't find that I slipped around a lot, even though it doesn't have the felted top like some other pads. It does take some work to roll back up and would be pretty heavy for backpacking, but I may opt for this over a tent if weight was the issue. Definitely a great buy at a great price. Compare this to the Mega Mat made by Exped for $219.00
Seems to be 4" thick in the middle but thins out at the edges. Not overly bulky but definitely not the same comfort level as the Kamp Rite Single Inflating Pad that is also 4". However, the Kamp Rite is also heavier and bulkyer.
- How accurate was the sizing? very
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. good
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
I have been using High Peak USA products for several years and have been very impressed by their quality. This pad I got from them is no exception ! This pad inflates very quickly and very comfortable. I am very happy with this product !
- How accurate was the sizing? Very accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. These High Peak USA pads are very good
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Yes