ROBENS self inflating Air Impact 2.5cm mattress and Air Impact 3.8 cm

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They SaySelf inflating Air Impact 2.5cm

The tapered shape of the Air Impact self-inflating mat provides plenty of space at the upper body where it is needed, but saves on weight by reducing width at the legs where it’s less crucial. Even more weight is saved by the lightweight 20D double thread ripstop polyester outer, making the Air Impact range particularly appealing to self-propelled adventurers like trekkers, cycle tourers and kayakers. A brass valve makes for durable and effective inflation and deflation, even in cold conditions.

Discover more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SelfinflatingMats/SelfinflatingMats/AirImpact25cm.aspx

Air Impact 3.8 cm

The tapered shape of the Air Impact self-inflating mat provides plenty of space at the upper body where it is needed, but saves on weight by reducing width at the legs where it’s less crucial. Even more weight is saved by the lightweight 20D double thread ripstop polyester outer, making the Air Impact range particularly appealing to self-propelled adventurers like trekkers, cycle tourers and kayakers. A brass valve makes for durable and effective inflation and deflation, even in cold conditions.

  • Very lightweight and compact
  • Sturdy brass valve
  • Size adjustable carrybag
  • Anatomical shaped for optimising weight-to-comfort ratio
  • Vertical cores through the foam to reduce weight and pack size
  • Compression straps included for easy packing

Discover more at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SelfinflatingMats/SelfinflatingMats/AirImpact38cm.aspx

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We Say – We used these sleeping mats on a three day canoe tour and on a three week backpacking tour of Scotland. We were wild camping much of the time so these were an ideal choice as they’re very light, pack down extra small and they have good depth so we figured we’d get a good nights sleep out of them even if we were on rocky ground. This shot shows how small one is when packed down…

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…and this shows them inflated.

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The self inflating 2.5cm thick mattress does indeed inflate itself, but only to a certain extent. You unroll it and lay it out flat, then release the valve, and it does take in some air. It kind of gets you started, you might say. Then you need to put some breaths into it yourself. It maybe that if you left it long enough it would inflate itself, but I tend to set up camp and be done with it, I want to use my mattress as soon as I finish getting set up (usually to lie down and chill out a bit after the exertion of getting to wherever I am).

Then after it inflates itself a little you need to put about five full breaths of air into it and it’s done. So, a quick and simple operation.

We were using these mats in a range of temperatures – it was unseasonably cold in Scotland – and although we were often cold as our bags were only summer bags, I got a lot colder when I rolled off my mat some nights and woke up shivering on the bare floor of the tent.

It’s worth reading through the spec that Robens provide as these are great mats and they do all that they’re supposed to. They’re lightweight, sturdy and they have they great design which gives you width/warmth where you need it – in the torso – and less in the legs, thus saving on overall weight.

Plus, they don’t do the other stuff that you don’t want, that mats sometimes do. Like, keep deflating so you have to pep them up with air every morning (when we were camped on one place we only had to put new air in every third day), or go a little mouldy inside from all the warm breath you have to put into them, or pierce easy when you use them outside the tent.

Which we did, on the days when the sun shone and we wanted to eat outside.

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Although mostly we used them inside, where we spilt all manner of breakfast and dinner over them, which wiped off easy.

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So, in summary, these mats are very effective and if you’re camping and want a good nights sleep, these will help. They’ll disguise many of the bumps and they’ll keep you much warmer than if you’re just lying in your sleeping bag in the bottom of your tent. They weigh a little – the 2.5cm weighs 450g whilst the 3.8cm is 610g – but they’re worth the space in your rucksack, in my opinion. I used to just take just a sleeping bag and bivvy bag on many of my trips but the amount of sleep I’ve lost going that lightweight route just isn’t worth the extra few kilos on my back carrying a tent, bag and mat.

These Robens mats are very good value, with the 2.5cm retailing at under £40.

You can learn more about both mats, and more Robens sleeping mats, at http://www.robens.de/en/Products/SelfinflatingMats/SelfinflatingMats

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