Mattress or sleeping pad? Trip to the tent

Mattress or sleeping pad? Trip to the tent

The comfort of sleeping in a tent is extremely important. When you spend the night away, especially outdoors, you want to feel well rested. When trekking in the field, it is worth having lighter equipment with you. However, when camping, you don't have to worry too much about the weight of your belongings. Choosing between a mattress and a sleeping mat is just as important as choosing a sleeping bag or tent. However, not always such attention is paid to it. And it's worth it, because if you made your bed, now you have to sleep in it.

What to choose?

The sleeping mat is usually made of soft foam. Its task is to provide proper thermal insulation from the ground on which you will spend the night. The foam structure is responsible for the proper thermal comfort. Especially its thickness, structure and type of material from which it is made. One-, two- or three-layer foams are the most common. It is definitely a convenient solution during a trekking trip or a bicycle sightseeing trip.

When it comes to the mattress, it is a perfect product for camping. It is heavier than a classic tourist sleeping mat, and what's more, less practical in walking transport. Sleeping comfort, however, is quite different than that on a soft foam. You can sleep more comfortably on the mattress. This is due to its design. Isolation from the ground is also at a higher level. The biggest negatives in this case are the weight and size.

Choose from

In fact, the best option would be to have a sleeping mat and mattress. It is possible thanks to the offer of our store. You can stock up on trekking and camping.

Standard Highlander Nato Mat made of EVA foam. Resistant to abrasion, water and sweat. Its extremely important feature is that it does not deform under pressure. It is a very good solution for a sleeping bag, e.g. during a trip to the mountains. Protects against cold and damp ground. The elastic straps that are attached to it facilitate the folding and unfolding of the mat.

An alternative to a roll-up mat. Folding MFH mat, similar to the BW mat, which was used by the soldiers of the German Bundeswehr. Very easy and light to transport. You can fold it into the cubes, so it fits into a backpack pocket. It is made of 4 mm EVA foam.

The Highlander Sleepeze mattress for 1 person will be perfect for camping. You can use it outside and inside. Cover made of soft flock makes it easier to keep the surface clean. It is a fabric pleasant to the body with a structure similar to velor. Functionality and practicality are increased by a valve with a check valve, thanks to which you can quickly inflate and let the air out of the mattress. A hand pump will help you quickly fill it with air.

For those who are comfortable and want to combine the features of a sleeping mat and a mattress, we have an ultra-light 4-season self-inflating Highlander Trail XL mat. Made of 75D polyester with PVC coating. Good for camping and active field trips. You unscrew the valve cap and the mat inflates itself. It is comfortable and insulates well from the ground. If you are curious how the Trail XL mat came out in tests, please visit the Góromaniacy blog!

It should be remembered that the sleeping mat and mattress have a slightly different purpose when it comes to sleeping conditions. A mat will be better for moving around, and a mattress for longer stops. Your comfort is the most important. You are supposed to feel good!

Author: Jakub Dobrzyński

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