Over time, I’ve tried loads of padding choices for sleeping whereas truck tenting. Skinny sheets of reminiscence foam labored fairly effectively, however had been a ache to retailer and obtained soiled and gross shortly. Common backpacking sleeping pads are high-quality however at all times really feel inadequate contemplating there’s no cause to scrimp on measurement when you’ll be able to pack a truck full of drugs. I do know loads of individuals who use full-on air mattresses of their rigs, however they’ve energy to run electrical air pumps to inflate the issues, and that’s overly sophisticated. For me anyway.
Sea to Summit’s merchandise have at all times been spectacular when it comes to their high quality, packability, and clever design, so once I noticed their new Consolation Deluxe SI (self-inflating) mat at Out of doors Retailer this summer time, I used to be instantly intrigued. Thick, mushy, strong, and hopefully self-inflating, I used to be desirous to attempt one out.
The mat is 4 inches thick and encompasses a type of honeycombed polyurethane foam core that Sea to Summit calls a “Delta Core” expertise. Hole sections within the foam core lighten the mat and preserve it packable, but it surely has sufficient rigidity to not collapse below the load of a sleeper. Or two, within the case of the double. Sea to Summit used a luxurious 30d stretch knit on the sleeping floor to maintain it feeling good and mushy. As for inflation and deflation, the mat comes with two valves that you just pop open to let air in and might be twisted closed to deflate the mat shortly. Intuitive and simple.
Sea to Summit claims the mat will self-inflate in 5-10 minutes, and at sea stage that’s been true in my expertise. The primary time you utilize the mat, it wants hours to totally puff itself up, however as soon as it’s been used it inflates a lot faster. Usually I open the valves and go off to arrange the remainder of camp, then return to agency up the mat with a number of breaths into every valve. That’s not completely essential, however I like a firmer really feel. That 10-minute declare is about proper for the self-inflation time. It really works and works merely. When rolling it as much as retailer, the valves might be set to deflate mode, so air is pressed out as you roll. The valves might be knocked out of the mat if you happen to get a bit tough with it, so preserve that in thoughts.
The consolation blows away conventional backpacking air mats. This shouldn’t be stunning, but it surely’s price mentioning simply how a lot of a sport changer a mat like this may be in terms of tenting. It merely seems like a mattress. There’s not one of the bouncy pool toy feeling of most air mats, it’s silent, and doesn’t translate motion fairly a lot between sleeping companions. Mixed, my spouse and I weigh roughly 340 kilos, and it loses little or no if any air after an evening we’ve each slept on it. Nor will we crush the sides down when sleeping on it—the mat holds its form to the corners very effectively.
With an R-value of 5.5, the mat ought to be heat sufficient for Four-season use, although I’ve solely had the prospect to make use of it in temps right down to the low 40s.
And did I point out the scale of the mat? It’s big (when inflated not less than). 51-inches broad by 6 toes, seven inches lengthy. This implies it’s too lengthy for a longbed Toyota Tacoma, not less than, it’s too lengthy to make use of with a closed tailgate; additionally, you’d want to make use of it above the wheel wheels on most vehicles, supported with a sleeping platform. That footprint additionally means you’d want an enormous family-sized tent if you happen to deliberate to make use of this luxury beast on the bottom. However with the tailgate dropped, it is a plush, mushy, bed-like mat that makes coming again to camp after a day tromping across the backcountry really feel much more rewarding.
The sleeping pad I take advantage of most frequently when tenting for 2 is the Klymit Insulated Double V, which has a smaller footprint, is crammed solely with air, and requires the usage of an included stuff sack/pump for inflation. There’s actually no comparability between the 2 pads in terms of consolation, although the Klymit does have the benefit of being far simpler to retailer and carry round at solely three.5 kilos. If I used to be fearing unhealthy climate and wanted to shut my tailgate and shell, was tenting in a scenario that required me to hold my gear for any distance, I’d use the Klymit. However the supreme mattress-like really feel of the Sea to Summit wins out in each different utility.
• Footprint: 6’7″ x 51″ x Four″
• Weight: 7 lb 13 oz
• Rolled measurement: 10″ x 27″
• R-value: 5.5
• Materials: polyurethane, 30d nylon
Backside Line: A thick, plush, and opulent mat for two-person tenting in a truck or a large tent, the Consolation Deluxe SI is simple to make use of, self-inflates, and gives unparalleled sleep consolation within the backcountry. It’s not low cost at $300, but it surely feels strong sufficient to final for years.
BUY • $300
Extra zzzz-generating two-person sleeping mat choices
Klymit Insulated Double V. Light-weight, cozy, cheap, and heat. $160
Exped MegaMat Duo 10. Roughly identical dims because the Sea to Summit, however features a small pump to assist inflation. $369.
Kelty Tru Consolation. Properly priced, almost 5 inches thick, and stuff sack doubles as air pump. $180