Choosing a sleeping mat
Among hiking and camping equipment, similarly to choosing a camping tent or sleeping bag, several criteria should be considered when selecting a sleeping pad. Beyond your body shape (picking a mat suited to your size seems evident), it is important to choose one suited to your environment, the type of your expeditions and your needs. The balance between weight/footprint/comfort is different for everyone. Are you a minimalist willing to spare every possible gram to the detriment of comfort? Or to the contrary, are you someone used to good night comfort, and not inclined to make any sacrifices. The decision rests upon you to choose the mat adapted to your preferences and needs: air or foam, self-inflating or with a pump, rectangular or mummy-shaped, thin or thick, insulated or not. These important characteristics for your nights will influence the weight and volume of your pad, which will influence your daytime goals. As you would have understood, there is a wide range of mats and finding the right sleeping mat is a very personal matter. Take your time to define your needs, then make your choice among our selection of sleeping pads from the best brands such as Sea to Summit, Thermarest, Nemo, Ferrino and so on.