Thermarest lead the rest in terms of self-inflating mattresses. We stock a good selection from their Prolite, Trail and Ridgerest ranges as well as camp chairs. Exped Synmats use a combination of self-inflating mattress, air bed and sleeping bag technology to provide very high levels of comfort, warmth combined with small packsize and low bulk. South Wales based Beacons Leisure provide all of our closed-cell foam multimats.
For sleeping in comfort, mats are a must. The purpose they serve is really two-fold: firstly they provide a degree of comfort by softening and reducing the irregularity of the sleeping surface, but secondly and more importantly they provide a thermal protective barrier between the cold ground and warm sleeping body, thus reducing heat loss to the underlying surface.
Or, for something different, have a hammock. We also have small, bum-sized mats for sitting on in the Accessories section.
There are two basic mat types:
For the weight and bulk obsessed, it is possible to cut closed cell foam mats to fit your needs for sleeping and easy carriage down the back of your rucksack or rolled at the side. Or you could just use a Thermarest NeoAir mat!
Inflatable mats These are made of a sealed fabric envelope that has a thin layer of foam, or in the case of the Synmat, warm synthetic fill, inside. Into this envelope you blow air to inflate the mat further, or sometimes the foam will inflate the mat itself, as with most Thermarests. The fact that these mats use minimal fill allows them to be rolled up much smaller than conventional foam ones, although they may be a little heavier. The advantages here are that they don't need to be strapped onto the outside of the rucksack where they can get wet or damaged or be cumbersome (Chris once had a nasty incident by getting trapped facing out through a cablecar door, held only by his mat on one side and a loaf of Swiss bread on the other). Inflatable mats provide a higher level of comfort than foam mats and insulate the user better against chilling from the ground up. The best known of these types of mat are made by Thermarest and they are well proven by thousands of users all over the world, in all conditions.
Most of our inflating mats come from Thermarest. We have selected from the Lite range, which are a thick foam throughout, and Prolite range, whose foam has a pattern of sections cut out to reduce weight and bulk. The numbers 3 and 4 to indicate seasons. Extra long, short (3 quarter length or children's) and women's versions are available. The women's aren't just smaller, they also have additional design features such as padding around the hips for greater comfort. We also keep the excellent self-inflating SIM Lite 2.5 SL from Exped.
The premium sleeping mat from Thermarest is the much thicker NeoAir mat. This is a huge step forward in inflatable mat technology. It is lighter, more compact and more stable than conventional air mats, offering an incredibly comfortable sleep for 410g. Up and Under staff have tested it and were very impressed indeed.
For even greater warmth, the Exped Synmat range provide a little bit of luxury in the wilderness, at a surprisingly low pack weight and bulk. The synthetic fill inside is a very effective insulator, and for very cold conditions (down to -17C), these are the best option around. They are also great for extra comfort, without having to carry a traditional air mattress. There is an integral and very clever hand pump. Our staff have carried them up mountains and on long distance footpaths- any fool can rough it!
The Schnozzel Pumpbag ensures quick, hygienic, moisture-free inflation of Exped mats, preventing mold development and maximizing insulation (because wet insulation is less effective). It also serves as a waterproof compression drybag to keep your sleeping bag and clothing dry.
The Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag is a robust pump bag for quick, moisture-free inflation of EXPED mats. In addition to its function as a pump bag, the Schnozzel Pumpbag can also be used as a waterproof compression pack sack for clothes or sleeping bags.
The award winning SynMat 7 is Exped's "reference standard" mat. The best end use would be car camping in deep winter where the main focus is having a comfortable nights sleep. The mat has synthetic insulation inside which is cleverly bonded to the top and bottom of the chambers for maximum loft. This means it is more than warm enough for winter, with a recommended lowest temperature rating of -17 degrees. The Synmat 7 is very durable and fairly compact although there are lighter mats on the market for self-sufficient hiking.
The Multimat Adventure 25 sleeping mat is perfect for the global backpacker and camper. Weighing in at 685g for a full sized mat, it isn't a huge burden to carry for 4 season warmth. Its quality drilled foam core provides full, fast inflation and lasting performance while further reducing weight. The Easy valve can be locked while topping up the air by mouth should you require extra firmness.
Multimat’s Camper 8 is one of their basic range of cheap camping mats but provides an additional degree of warmth and cushioning by being thicker than its little brother, the Camper 7. It is widely used by all kinds of people seeking an extra degree of comfort and will cushion you from the hard ground and help keep you warm during spring, summer and autumn camping trips.
The Multimat Discovery 10 XL is a premium sleeping mat constructed from high quality cross-linked polyolefin foam. This provides reduced compression, a soft feel and greater tear resistance. This mat is perfect for year-round use as well as being great value for money.
The Multimat Repair Kit will ensure that you're always prepared! Although all Multimat's self-inflating mats are made to be extra tough and durable, sometimes our mats take a battering and result in a mat that won't inflate when you need it most. This repair kit can be used on all self inflating mats and comes with multiple patches and glue.
The Multimat Summit 25/38 is a self-inflating, 5 season sleeping mat that's designed for comfort and a good nights sleep. With a wedge shape design, this mat keeps warmth where you need it the most. This mat is from Multimat's expedition range so it's designed for durability, reliability and the most extreme conditions on Earth.
The Multimat Superlite 25 is an excellent self-inflating, 4 season sleeping mat that's light, compact and ideal for backpacking trips or competitive occasions where travelling fast and light is crucial. If you are looking for an extra-light self-inflating mat, the Superlite 25 sets the standard to beat.
The Superlite 25 S is an extra-small and light self-inflating sleeping mat, designed like its full sized brother for ultra-light and ultra-compact competitive challenges and backpacking. The difference is, of course that this mat is shorter making it even lighter and even more compact when carried - and who could resist one of the lightest sleeping mats in the world?
For an all-year-round, durable sleeping mat, look no further than the Multimat Trekker 25- with its 150D top and base, it is most certainly designed for the active lifestyle. The foam core self-inflates quickly, but most importantly, is designed to last. With a square cut, this mat is designed for the adventures where weight is not necessarily key.