Increasingly more rugged, lightweight, comfortable and compact models
Everybody knows hiking, backpacking and going on a trek requires to select carefully the equipment you carry to avoid being overloaded. An inflatable sleeping pad may seem too much to some, who might prefer a very lightweight floor mat. However, in recent years, inflatable sleeping pads have become lighter while retaining their insulation characteristics. It is now easy to pack one as they are compact to occupy as little space as possible on or in your backpack. In addition, they will follow you anywhere thanks to their ruggedness that guarantees great durability.
Which air mattress to choose?
Pay attention to the size
This may seem evident, but it is important to remember to choose the right dimensions for your inflatable mat. Manufacturers always mention the length of the mattress and the user size it fits. Making it easier to pick the right size for you.
Depending on the R-Value
This is another essential criterion. Inflatable sleeping pads all have an R-Value which defines the level of insulation that will protect you from the cold ground. The bigger the number, the better the protection. For example, an R-Value of 1 is designed for summer use, while from 6, you can use the pad in any season.
Strength, an important element
Depending on your usage and the types of outings, you will need to consider the strength of your inflatable sleeping pad. This element is expressed in deniers, indicating the weight of the fabric yarn used, on a length of 9 metres. You may encounter 40D nylon or 75D polyester designs. Of course, the higher the number, the stronger the fabric. Some models will offer Ripstop fabrics, for superior abrasion resistance.
Glisshop’s guide to make the right choice
For more details before choosing your backpacking sleeping pad, we have created a specific guide you should read. It will allow you to know everything you need and identify the gear you need.
Easy to inflate with a pump sack or pump
To inflate your sleeping mat, your breath can be enough, but in addition to being exhausting its lets moisture inside. Brands offer two inflation systems. The first thanks to a standard pump, hand activated or electric, which can be cumbersome in your backpack and less appropriate for a trek. The second with a pump sack. Easy to pack, simply fill it with air before inflating the pad with it. Simpler than using your breath.
A wide range of inflatable sleeping mats
Brands know it well, hiking, trekking or camping enthusiasts are looking for better comfort. The choice of inflatable sleeping mats is broad enough with numerous models for every need. Manufacturers such as RAB, Camp, Therm-a-Rest or Sea a To Summit offer inflatable sleeping pads featuring their own technologies, you can find them on glisshop.co.uk. Also discover at Glisshop a wide range of inflatable, self-inflating or foam backpacking hammocks and mattresses.