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Right then, perhaps the most bizarre of my introductions to these pieces, but I have just arrived for my camping holiday and my airbed has developed a tasty hole in it on the journey - I am blaming the table but haven't actually located the culprit yet. Anyway, this has forced me down to the little shop on site to buy a replacement and found that their airbeds were a bit pricy. However, they had one of these Vango self-inflators for just £14.99, so I have purchased and have to say that it looks good.
The mat is rectangular, which is nice because these jobs often come in a horrid mummy shape, which just leads to you falling off in the middle of the night. Anyway, it is ridiculously easy to inflate. Simply take off the little nozzle to let it take in the air, and hey presto you have a nice thick mat to sleep on. This version is 5cm thick, which is easily ample to get you a good distance from the ground.
It is nice and comfy to lay on too, I feel stable and do not feel like I am going to be falling off in the middle of the night which is always something you appreciate for a good camping bed.
For the purposes of this review, and my curiosity, I did let the mat down again, which is easily done also. Simply roll it up like you would a normal air bed and the air comes flying out quite quickly, and it easily rolls up into the little bag it comes in, so it is nice and portable too.
It doesn't weigh much once you have got the air out, and seems like a really good equivalent to having to bring an airbed up and down the country.
As i said, the camping shop down here in Cornwall sold me this for just £14.99, which seems like a bit of a bargain, as online it is around the £20 mark.
Good alternative to the airbed, and my savior this week.
Those of you that have read my earlier review on the Argos Camping Mat will be aware that my experience was not a good one and after a sleepless night at the campsite (Nr Hastings) I took a brief trip into town and purchased something, a little bit better? Nay... A lot better!
The Vango Adventure Self Inflating Mat, which comes in what is known as a "Stuffsac", which is waterproof and has a couple of straps to keep it all in place.
It is available in a range of sizes but I went for XL 198 x 63 and 3cm thick. I believe there is a 5cm thick option, but alas, this was not available.
The mat itself has a non-slip polyester/PVC top and base and also has what they call laminated open cell foam insulation and whilst I'm not sure what that actually means, it does sound quite fancy.
The mat comes rolled up, but when you lay it down it does actually stay down, once you've flattened it out, turned it over and flattened it again. I got up several times in the night and it actually stayed put.
The self-inflating part is quite neat too, just unscrew the small nozzle, let it take in some air and then do it up again. It's really very simple although it can be a little fiddly if your hands are very cold and you have what I call sausage fingers.
Now, considering it's not very thick, it is comfortable to lie on. Which is what I wanted in the first place. It also stays warm through the night, so that must be the open cell foam insulation at work!
Thanks to this purchase my second night of camping was a lot more comfortable, I'm not sure that I slept any better, but that had more to do with a poor choice of takeaway. Funny that 200m to the "Facilities" didn't sound far but in the dark and desperate it was quite an adventure!
When it came to packing away, the air was easily expelled by simply folding the mat slowly towards the valve. Then it just goes back in the stuffsac and it's job done.
Not too bulky really, and comfortable to carry. I feel this is ideal for the casual camper or festivalgoer. I'm not sure how much use I will get out of it as I've not got any plans to go camping again but you should never say never.
5 Stars from me, it cost me £19.99 and was worth every penny, I'd just wish I'd had it for both nights camping!!
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** Vango Adventure Self Inflating Mat **
We always have friends staying over at ours house. Ever since we moved away from our hometown people now have to travel for 2 hours to reach us and well you just don't send them home at 11 o'clock at night! And we like to have a drink and it's quiet boring when somebody can't drink because they have to drive so it's more fun if they just stay for the night. The problem is of course that we don't have like four spare beds in the house so they need to sleep on the floor with a sleeping bag. Now we have wooden floors through the house so I thought it decent to at least buy a mat where they can sleep on.
We got a couple of the Vango Adventure Self Inflating Mat just because we liked the sound of them and especially love the whole self-inflating part. They are 3 cm thick which I think was enough and are 198 by 63cm since we got a few large family members. It gives them space to sleep and the 3 cm is more than thick enough to not feel the floor. It is easy to set up as it comes with a little nozzle on top and when you unscrew this the air will be sucked in. it doesn't get hard hard but it's hard enough and you can always blow a little to get it harder.
You get the Vango Adventure Self Inflating Matt in a sac which comes it very easy to carry and to store in the house. It's a little bit hassle to get the air totally out but it really only takes 5 minutes to have it in the sac again. Since I didn't have any complains so far and even a few compliments about them, I think they are a big success. They are easy enough to set up and they are comfortable for people to sleep on a night! What more do you want?
A few months ago I was staying at my mother in laws for a few nights and we were sleeping in the attic. I am a keen camper and used this as any excuse to visit a camping shop, so I went to millets and bought two new sleeping bags, and of course two vango self infalting mats.
To be honest I love my home comforts and any time I am camping I would be a big fan of the air bed and it would take a lot to sway me away. Eve though I didnt have access to my usual airbed, I knew that even I did not need another airbed to ad to my collection.
When I first read about the vango self inflating mat I was quite excited, the concept of a thin airbed that blows up itself at a fraction of the price great!
The self infating mat itself was of good quality, a good length, quite spongy and seemed durable. It comes in a little pull string bag and has two velcro straps around it to keep it nice and compact, it is a bright blue colour which I also liked and it is very light and handy to carry around with you.
When I first rolled the mat out it was a little stiff and I found that by turning it over for a while and putting something on top it flattened out quite easily.
The Vango mats come with a little nozzle at the top and if you unscrew this, the mat will suck in some air and then you tighten it again. To be honest I expected to hear a big whoosh and for something amazing to happen but it did not, dont make the mistake I did, do not expect miracles and this product is definitely nothing like an air bed, more like a glorified roll a mat.
However, even when I had left the mat a while, I wasnt happy with the level of inflation so I topped it up by blowing into it slightly (Which kind of defeats the purpose of self inflating!)
Sleeping on the mat itself in my opinion was very comfortable and the mat is also thick and insulates the floor or ground underneath, I have used this mat since when camping and have prefered it to an airbed, it is cheaper, lasts longer, is lighter, wont burst in the middle of the night and is preety much hassle free. This is a good buy, highly recommended!!!
When I go camping I like to be laid on something which is higher than the ground for reassurance. Even though you can purchase a sofa bed I feel that they are a bit to much and sometimes a bit to chunky. Purchasing this inflatable mat gives you a nice feel as it is very comfy and you are also well off the floor.
These come in a few different sizes when I purchased mine, I paid £16.99 for a single mat but a double is available for more than double that which I thought was strange. I do feel the doubles are to big really for camping but I suppose it is what you go for really. The price is pretty good seen as though you can use these over and over again.
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I am not to sure on how many colour variations there is with these inflatable mats but I don't suppose its the biggest decision in the world. You shouldn't spend to long pumping it up as It took me around the 5 minutes and things like these I normally get frustrated with. You simply unroll the mat and leave the valve open and this will allow the mat to expand.
I found that the mat itself was pretty comfortable when laying on. Don't get me wrong its not the most comfortable thing in the world but then again I don't think that it was ever designed to be. You shouldn't complain about it though as I didn't throughout my use on it. It has a nice feel on your body when you lay on it and I did expect it to be a big hard but it was the total opposite which was good.
If your a camper and you like the outdoors then i suggest you pick up one of these to make your stay a little better. It is very comfortable and not the most expensive product on the market for camping. The average man will fit on this with easily enough space I would say if your over 6ft 3 you could struggle. Width wise you will definatley be fine so overall very good product for mostly everyone.
Firstly, I want to start off saying I am not much of a camper. I am not a huge fan of the great outdoors but I am willing to make an exception for music festivals and go to Glastonbury every year.
I have used this item the last few times I have been and found it very good. It certainly does the job. Before this I used an airbed but I soon got feed up of waking up in the night lying on the floor as it was completely deflated! This is no where near as thick as an airbed but it provides adequate support. I would agree with some of the other reviews that after a couple of uses it ceased to be "self inflecting" but it doesn't take long to blow up.
The other major advantage of this mat is that it is easy to carry. This is essential for all festival goers who have experience the hell of walking from the car to the fields. It roils easily and can fit across the top of your rucksack. Also unlike an airbed there is no heavy foot pump to carry.
If you are camping near a car maybe a good quality airbed is more comfortable but for festivals or anything that involves walking with your stuff this mat is perfect!
Another day another camping review from myself! This is another product I have wrestled with over the many years when camping has been a key highlight of my summer. This particular item dates back to being used in the days I went camping in a single tent as oppose to now when I share it with my partner. The idea of the mat is to give a comfortable, easy aid to a nights sleep which in a tent can be very uncomfortable.
Its about the size of a small single size bed and fits easily into a 2 man tent with space around. In terms of thickness its around about 5cm and thus provides a decent comfort. Some "camping mats" make no difference and you can still feel every stone and bump in the ground below but with this product being somewhere between a camping mat and an air bed, it gives good support even for the most fussy sleepers.
It inflates in a mere matter of seconds and before you know it you are up and running ready for a nights sleep. Its fully waterproof and made of a light velvety material on top which acts as a good protector. Its lasted myself about 2-3 years without any problems and I never thus far have noticed any "flattening" or scuffing.
All in all therefore this is a very simple, easy to use product with the only downside being the slightly over the top price of £15-£20. Far better than buying a camping mat but you could perhaps get a more comfy single air bed for this price!
The Vango Adventure Self Inflating Matt
To go camping isn't really my kind of holiday but is for my family and also my partner so once a two years I adjust myself and put on a big smile when we are packing the car up for a wonderful weekend in the nature. The last two times we ended up with a lot of rain and horrible weather so I really don't understand where the rest is getting the motivation from to go again. I just hope they don't do it for me, since I always act very excited during camping so they won't think I don't really like it...
Anyway since there's no escape of camping itself it doesn't mean I'm going to be overly uncomfortable. Yes we don't have a shower but the mean thing is that I'm getting a good night sleep. I'm not just thinking about myself with this one. When I heard about the Vango Adventure Self Inflating mat I was a bit skeptical more so because of the price but friends of mine said it was very good. I have been using it for a couple of years now and I have to say I agree.
I think we got the largest one and that is 198 by 63cm which is perfect for one person and I'm quiet tall so I can lay comfortable on this one. It's also quiet wide with its 63cm so more space for me. It's also around 3cm thick which means you hardly feel the ground below you.
The Vango Adventure Self Inflating Matt comes already packed in a stuff sac which actually makes the matt very easy to carry around, store but also to put in the car. The best thing about it is that it's waterproof so no worry there. It's a self inflating matt which works fine for me maybe the most trouble is getting all the air out again. You might hassle with that a little bit.
It's just a simple but good matt which gives me good night sleep during the camping and making sure I'm not to grumpy during the day. With the matt being 3 cm thick means you lay comfortable and it gives good support for your back. It's easy to set up and store so for me a winner. Just the price was a little bit more than I expected and think we paid around 20 pounds for it.
We already have a therm a rest camping mat that we aquired from my boyfriend's brother who has done a lot of serious hiking. We needed another mat though, when we both went on a cycling holiday together (we had tried just having one between the two of us the previous year and I can not recommend this!). We did have a look at purchasing a matching therm a rest roll mat, as we have found it to be easy to use and good at insulating against the cold, but they are just under a hundred pounds to buy new, and for a summer two week trip we thought this was a little extravagent. If you were spending a considerable amount of time camping and it was cold then I would recommend spending the extra money, but we didn't think we could justify it so we looked for a cheaper option.
We eventually settled on the vango adventure self inflating mat. Coming in at around £15, this version of the camping mat will certainly not break the bank. Being stingy, and wanting to save weight, we bought the short version, which weighs a brilliantly light 630 grams, but is only 122cm long. As with the standard size it is 3cm deep and 51cm wide. The width was fine, but we possibly could have done with a longer one, and I am only 5'6". It was fine because it was warm, but my legs were sticking off the end. Apart from that though, it was very easy to use, came with a stuff sack which again was easy to use, and kept me nice and toasty warm. The small size mat is as light as a large therm a rest, so if you are going camping in the summer, want to travel light and don't want to have to take out a mortgage to buy a camping mat, then the vango adventure is definitely the product for you.
When we can't afford to go abroad, my family likes to go camping as it can be a really cheap and fun way to spend time with the kids and see a bit more of the great outdoors. I do still like to have a good night's sleep though, and so I bought te Vango self inflating mat to sleep on for around £20 from a local camping and outdoor supplies shop.
The mat is around 5"7 in length, though there are short versions for kids and longer one for tall people also available. Mine was plenty long enough for my needs though!
When out of the bag, the mat is meant to self inflate by sucking in the air from the outside, but I had to blow on the nozzle a bit to get it started. I found that the mat got to about 4cm deep, which was plenty of depth to create a cushion from the floor.
I had a very pleasant night's sleep on this mat, it was deep enough to keep me comfy and protected from the cold floor, but thin enough to not take up too much valuable room when camping.
This is good value as it can be used over and over again, the only downside is that the mat never seems to go back into the bag it came in though, no matter how hard you squeeze the air out! Still, it does roll down to a fairly small size, so I find it very handy for a good night's sleep whilst camping.
A couple of times a year I go camping with a friend and my two dogs. We don't like to rough it too much and so anything which adds to our comfort when we're camping is something which is very much valued by us!
I bought the Vango Adventure Self Infalting Mat from Outdoorkit.co.uk for just £17.99 which was a really good deal considering the original recommended retail price was around £40.
The mat comes in a "stuffsac", which is complementary with the purchase. The stuffsac is waterproof and has little plastic attachment which allows the stuffsac to be connected to the outside of a rucksac if needs be. The pack also comes with a complementary repair kit - but I cannot comment on the effectiveness or ease of use of this repair kit because I've not yet had need to use it.
The mat, together with the stuffsac weighs 3.065 kg - which is pretty heavy if having to cart it around. For me its absolutely fine because I only go camping with my car, but if I were trekking then I think I would find this mat too heavy to carry. When the mat is rolled out and correctly inflated, the dimensions are 183 cm x 128 cm x 3 cm. It seems to be slightly wider than other single camping mats I have used which is obviously preferable in terms of comfort.
Inflating the mat is really easy and it does indeed inflate by itself. It is a matter of simply unrolling the mat and leaving the air valve open, which allows air to be drawn into the mat and therefore become inflated. Once it is inflated, you simply close the valve - and its all ready to use.
To deflate the mat you have to leave the valve open. I then find that it is easiest to expel the air by folding the mat in half length-ways and then rolling the mat up towards the valve while putting some pressure on it. I usually have to roll the mat twice to get all of the air expelled which is a bit annoying as it would be preferable to only have to do it once, but unless all of the air is expelled, I cannot get it to fit in the Stuffsac.
I found the mat to be fairly comfortable to sleep on, and it did actually keep me warm and well insulated from the ground. One night the outside temperature was only 8°C and yet I remained warm and well protected. The only thing was that, as all inflatable mats I've ever used, over the course of the night, the mat did deflate a little - although I did not end up with ground contact as I have with some mats in the past. I therefore do usually find that I have to allow the mat to re-inflate every morning - which only takes a few minutes.
Overall, I would recommend this mat for use by non-trekking campers who don't need to carry their equipment with them. Its comfortable and easy to use and does the job its designed to do.
Vango Adventure Self Inflating Mat
Over the years I have threatened to take up camping a few times. The most recent attempt was about two years ago where we took the tent to Cambridge in an attempt to save money whilst the girlfriend searched for uni accommodation. Sadly for us it did nothing but rain and we got the soaking of our lives. I still shudder at the thought of it and needless to say we have not camped since. However one of the products that made our camping experience a bit more tolerable was the Vango self inflating mat.
A bit about the self inflating mat
The self inflating mat is available from most good camping shop and Vango seems like a name that you can trust. Currently a normal sized mat will set you back about £20 but they also come in extra large and a smaller size. At 5"7 I found the mat more than adequate.
The mat comes pre packed in what they call a stuff sac. This can be attached to the outside of your rucksack to save space. Once removed from the stuff sac the mat can be inflated. It is called a self inflating mat but I found that you needed to give it a few blasts of air to make it feel full enough to use. The weight of the mat is 950g and its width is about 3 cm.
This did the job that I expected it to do pretty well. It kept me relatively comfortable whilst sleeping in the great outdoors and it kept my body insulated from the cold ground. The mat was light and was easy to set up for use. On the downside I struggled to get all the air out of mine and as a result the stuff sac always looked like it was just about to burst open at any time. Also during the night the air inside the mat seemed to contract a bit and as such took away from some of the comfort the mat offered.
Overall its a decent enough product but for this price don't expect miracles. I still use my mat on a daily basis. I have it under the sofa cushions for my sofa bed to offer a bit of extra support.