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Fully inflated, it's better than an airbed when camping.
on 1 July 2011
I bought this self inflating mat in August 2010 and have since used it on 4 camping trips of between 4 and 9 nights, and a number of 'back garden holidays' with my son. It's an excellent product that, if fully inflated, should give you a great nights sleep. It's certainly better than an airbed that I used on previous tips that required constant re-inflation, was bulky and didn't seem to insulate from the ground as well as the Vango mat.
1. Although it's a 'self inflating' mat you really need to let it inflate itself and then blow it up more yourself to get the best from it. The trick is to blow until it resists (blows back) then quickly fasten it off. If not fully inflated you may find yourself tossing and turning to get comfortable.
2. Although (as the product photo shows) there is a raised pillow area, it isn't very high so you really need an additional pillow if you want your head to be comfortable.
3. To deflate, it helps to open both valves and then roll it up, without folding it in two, to push out most of the air. Then fasten the valves up and unroll it. Now fold it in two and roll up again, squeezing tightly - at a certain point the air left in it will have inflated the unrolled portion, this is time to open the valves again to complete rolling and then fasten the valves again. This way it rolls up tightly and fits very easily into its bag.
I hope this review has been useful to you.