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I hike and camp regularly and as such brought the multimat when I came across it as a solution to getting a wet and cold behind every time I sat down. It's made of a foam that makes it lightweight and generally quite hard wearing. I've had mine over a year and although some of the foam is now coming apart due to rough ground, it's lasted well. However, after now having it over a year I've come to question it's usefulness. It's size makes it too big to fit easily into a daysack (depending on size/design), and you have to be careful not to stand up in a breeze because it could blow away very easily. In the winter it fits in my pack but takes up space, although it does reduce the amount of cold that gets to you through the ground. It's not the most comfortable and on rocky ground it can be decidedly uncomfortable, as it has little padding. I've also taken it camping but I don't recommend it for people like me who take a car camping. Why would I use this when I can take my camping chair?! I would prefer this if it packed down further.
I was given the multimat standard kumfie as a birthday gift, it may seem a strange gift but it was gratefully received. I love reading and drawing and with four children my free time is mostly spent doing these activities. I prefer being outdoors in the summer nipping to our local park with a rug and cushion so i can read a book in peace but with the fresh air and sounds in the background so the multimat standard kumfie has now become my new favourite item to take on these occasions. The multimat standard kumfie costs around £2 - £3. I have a pink one but you can get them in green, black, blue , purple and orange. I have seen the kumfie for sale in garden centres and camping stores like millet. The mat is made from foam, its lightweigh but a good size. It measures 35cm long 24.5cm wide with the foam being 8mm thick. The mat looks like a gardeners kneeling pad but bigger. The point of the mat is that you sit on it and the damp or dirty ground wont get your bum and it of corse it is comfy to sit on. I find the comfy easy to carry to the park, it has a handle built in so you can use this but i like to tuck it under my arm as my hands usually full with a book and snacks. It is very comfy to sit on , i can sit on it for up to two hours easy. Its big enough to sit even the largest of bums on. It does keep me dry and warm too, nothing worse than a cold bum sitting on the ground. As well as going to the park i have use the multimat kumfie at the beach and sitting in the garden with. If it gets dirty a quick wipe over with a cloth does the trick. This mat can be used for everything, i am pleased i have one . I recommend the multimat standard kumfie.
It is often said that some of the most simple ideas are the best - the Multimat Kumfie is proof that such statement can be true. The Multimat Kumfie is basically a lightweight foam mat that will withstand the rigours of outdoor use and keep your bum padded against often uncomfortable ground when you sit down. The mat is 35cm x 24.5cm and is just 8mm thick. Although it has a lightweight construction and there isn't really much to it, it does provide a noticeable layer between your bum and the ground when you sit down. You might wonder why you would be sitting on the floor to use this product, but if you are out walking, on a picnic, or camping, you may find it a welcome comfort. The mat is constructed from a very durable and water resistant material in the form of polyolefin cross-linked foam. The foam does offer reasonable comfort, but this is no deck-chair! I have owned my Multimat Kumfie for quite some time now, and although it is showing wear on the surface of the foam, it isn't sagging or falling to pieces which you could be forgiven for expecting from such a cheaply priced product. I paid around £2 for my Multimat Kumfie from a local camping store. I think the price is reasonable. Although the design is obviously very plain and simple I do get good use from it. I wouldn't be surprised if upon reading this review that keen gardeners consider buying one, as it would be perfect for saving your knees in the garden when you are planting or weeding. The size is an adequate one, and as it isn't too large it can easily be transported on your travels. I often keep mine in my car boot during the summer months as I tend to go walking a lot more often at this time of year. Occassionally I lend the mat to a neighbour as she isn't getting any younger, and the uses around the garden mean that a wide range of people can justify the price of the Multimat Kumfie. The Multimat Kumfie is widely available online and from larger camping supplies stores.
This isn't exactly the most high tech of pieces of kit but what more do you want to keep you comfy than something squidgy. Its just big enough to sit on so doesn't take up any more space or weight (20g) than necessary. It fits flat along the back of most rucksacks or can be rolled up to a cylinder. Its also insulating so will keep you warm when you stop for lunch. Being foam its waterproof so you will be ensured a dry place to sit wherever you stop. A quick wipe with a tissue and its dry enough to go back into your pack with out making everything else wet. Something else i have started using it for is lightweight camping trips. I don't take pillows so will use folded clothing instead. The mat make a good firm base and an extra level of insulation to keep your head warm on those cold nights and stops your clothes getting damp through condensation. For £2 you can't go wrong. It will get scruffed a bit on rocks and sharp things in your pack but they'll last many a trip and when it comes to replacement you wont worry about the replacement costs. As soon as you start using one you will notice that you start seeing them appear amongst your group.
I love the great outdoors, but I love my creature comforts, too. And whether you're camping (haven't braved that, yet), or just on a long walk in the country, no-one wants to sit on the cold, hard, wet floor! So it's great that for city dwellers like myself, that you can be assured of a nice dry soft place to park your posterior n the Multimat Kumfie. It's a ridiculous £2 in price from all good outdoor retailers (I bought mine from Cotswold Outdoor, but it's available nationwide and online). It comes in a range of colours, I went for black as I thought it would last longer (not show the dirt). Size wise it's compact, but it's still big enough for most (and suitable for children, too). It's 35cm by 24.5cm with a foam depth of 8mm, which may sound thin but it's just the right depth to keep your bum dry, keep off the chill of the ground, and keep it reasonably comfortable, without sacrificing it's portability. It's got a handle for carrying, which is great if say you're just carrying it from the car to the beach, etc, but what I tend to do is take the two we have (my husband's and my own), tie them together at the handle then either tie them to our rucksack or put them under the buggy, if we're out with our baby. They're very versatile! They give us the freedom to go out and about knowing we can have a sit down wherever we choose. For £2 I'd absolutely recommend you keep a couple in the car because you will use them. They're a very simple design but for the beach, walks, picnics, camping and caravanning, or even just gardening, they're a fantastic, inexpensive way of having a comfortable way to rest, or kneel cleanly. Five out of five - there's nothing NOT to like here :)
This has to be one of the simplest inventions anyone has come up with in recent years, yet it really is brilliant. Such a basic piece of kit that has so many uses. The Multimat Kumfie is listed here on Dooyoo under the camping section, but to be honest it could probably fit into about ten different categories. This is such a versatile little mat that there really are countless ways to make use of this. I first saw one of these a few years back when my mum and dad were neatly on one each while out doing some garden, I thought they looked quite funny but could also see the benefits to them, a while later I spotted them in a walking shop, so I thought, well why not and got myself one. So first of all, what exactly is the Multimat Komfie? Well it's simply a piece of foam. Pretty basic you would have to say, but this is so much more. The foam is 8mm thick which means it gives a nice bit of padding. It is the perfect size to sit or kneel on. It has a handy little handle built into the foam so it is easy to carry. The foam is very durable and won't wear out quickly. One of the benefits of foam is that it is a superb insulator, so sitting on this not only keeps your bot comfy, it also keeps it warm. These can easily be tied on to hard chairs to give an extra bit of padding or simply placed on the ground when sitting outside. For me personally the little Komfie comes in very handy when I go out walking. It slips nicely into a rucksack and if you place it at the back of the rucksack it gives you some extra padding for your back. Many modern rucksacks have good moulded structures which keep the pack in shape and pad your back, however, some of the older models or just cheap rucksacks do not have this luxury. Slip one of these down the back of the rucksack and it gives you nice padding and a good shape to your rucksack, then you don't get any nasty jabs from your flask while your walking along. When I take this walking it's ideal to just pull out and sit on. It's only small but it fits my bum perfectly. Even in cold conditions it gives a nice warm feeling to your bum even if the ground is cold and wet. This is also very handy if you go camping, hence it being in the camping section here on Dooyoo. Again it's just ever so handy to pull out and sit on, ideal for when your all say round a fire. Another good use is when on the beach, again, instead of that damp sand you often find on our beaches, the comfy keeps you warm and dry. As I said at the start this really is a very simply basic piece of equipment, but often the best inventions are simple ones! This is no exception to the rule. You can pick one of these up for around £2 so they are excellent value, they last pretty well if you look after them, if you don't look after them, you can simply buy another at that price. The Komfie is a great little piece of kit that everyone should own. Go and get yourself one of these and treat your bum with the respect it deserves!
If you've ever been on a walking holiday - or joined a group like the Ramblers - you'll probably have come across a type of walker who drives others crazy and for whom the phrase 'All the gear but no idea' was created. Often they come in pairs - sometimes referred to as 'Mr and Mrs Rohan', because you can spot them in their head to toe matching high tech outdoor gear. He's probably got a beard, she's got the worn out air of someone who stopped listening to him long ago and they've both got rucksacs filled with every conceivable outdoor accessory. Many are single men of an age when they shouldn't really still be living with their parents. Need to get a pebble out of a horses hoof? He's got the 120 blade Swiss Army Knife. Need a drink? Out comes the high tech water purification system. Need to summon Mountain Rescue? There's probably a satellite phone and GPS locator in the strap of his rucksac. Mr and Mrs Rohan can barely move for all the gear they're carrying - they are, in short, prepared for everything. My friend Leslie comes from an entirely different school of mountain craft. She once lost her luggage and survived all week on one pair of shorts and two t-shirts. She's a sort of acceptable, undetestable and less wreckless female incarnation of Bear Grylls. She carries only what she really needs and everything she has is multi-purpose. Until she got a boyfriend and dumped us, she used to go on walking holidays with my husband and me. He dubbed her 'goat girl and was in awe of her mountain skills. If Leslie says something is worth having, we take notice and head for the camping shop but even we poked fun at her when she dipped into her rucksac and pulled out a Multimat Kumfie and proceeded to sit on it. How tough can you really claim to be when perched on a small piece of coloured foam? To describe it simply, a Kumfie is an oblong piece of foam of a similar consistency to the type that's used for roll-up camping mats. If you're too mean to pay a quid or two for the real thing and you've got an old foam mat at home, you can make your own - but that really would make you look a bit sad. Multimat make the Kumfie in two formats - with and without a handle. Well it's not really a handle, it's slot that makes it easier to pull your Kumfie out of your bag. You can see what I mean if you look at the picture. The dimensions of the Kumfie are 350 mm (about 14 inches) by 245 mm (just under 10 inches) by 8 mm thick. The material used is a polyolefin cross-linked foam which helps to insulate your bum from the cold or damp ground below. The Kumfie comes in a range of colours, predominantly in the grey - blue - mauve part of the spectrum which I'm guessing is chosen for being muted enough to not scare the animals but not green or mud coloured to prevent you wandering off and leaving it sitting on a rock. We could be forgiven for the derision we heaped on our poor friend. The Kumfie looks ridiculous and is quite likely to have everyone around you asking whether you've got a linen table cloth and a set of napkins in your backpack too. It's just not cool to be carrying something to sit on when you are out yomping up a mountain. We quickly realised that we aren't and never have been cool but we do appreciate a warm dry posterior. We bought Kumfies as soon as we got home and they've been on most trips since - even rather sedate city visits. There's a lot to be said for one of these when you're perched on a cold wall in the middle of a city with your mother's warnings about 'piles and cold walls' ringing in your ears. My husband has even used them as protective wrapping (with some of those nice red Post Office rubber bands) to protect delicate items. On a sunny day (yeah, we go abroad - they have them sometimes) you might think you don't need a little padded seat but if you're faced with perching on some rocks, a little bit of foam makes all the difference. In British conditions, having something to protect your butt and your trousers from a damp muddy field comes in very handy, insulating you from the cold and keeping you dry. The Kumfie isn't just about having something to sit on. It's useful for lots of other stuff. When you need to turn out the contents of your pack to find your emergency Mars Bar (or Kendle Mint Cake) you can keep all your gear clean and dry by placing it on the mat. If you want to fiddle around with your camera and don't want to put it on the grass, again, it's happy to do service keeping things clean. When your Swiss Army Knife comes out to savage a baguette and make some sarnies, it's handy to have a clean surface on which to cut and construct your lunch. Want to get down on your knees and take some close up pictures (or inspect a rock or furry caterpillar or pray for salvation when the mountain gets scary), then it's a handy mat to kneel on. If the inside of your tent resembles an explosion, set aside a little area to put your mat for all those bits you'll want in the night but can never find (torch, alarm clock, travel bear or whatever. I'm sure that given enough time I could come up with almost as many uses for a Kumfie as there are for a can of WD-40. A genuine real McCoy Kumfie made by Multimat will set you back a recommended retail price of just £1.99. Shop around and you might even get one for less. There are imitations - don't be snobby, if that's all you can find, go for it. It's just an oblong of foam. It weighs just 20g - that's about the same as one of those small multi-pack bags of crisps, but it's much more comfortable to sit on. The version without the slot costs about £1.49 but might weigh a fraction of a gram more - because you're not getting that handy hole. I defy anyone to identify the difference in weight. If there's an award for 'most useful gadget under £2' in the camping and outdoor pursuits category, the Kumfie has to be short-listed. There's nothing terribly clever about it but at 20g and less than £2 it's hard to find an item that's more versatile or comforting on a damp day out on the hills. Mr and Mrs Rohan have probably got something that cost £100 and weighs a kilo - like I said "All the gear but no idea (what really matters)".