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Sleeping mats are ideal for creating soft surfaces on otherwise hard ground and for insulation.

What to Consider When Using Sleeping Mats?

There are no special considerations for the initial use of a sleeping mat, except perhaps airing it out well before first use. Sleeping mats cannot be washed. If cleaning is necessary, they can be wiped with a damp cloth. Before laying down the sleeping mat, check the ground for small and large stones as well as hard unevenness. These can press up into the mat from below, causing pressure points and an uncomfortable sleeping experience. Also, ensure that the dimensions of the sleeping mat are compatible with the existing 1-person tent or other sleeping area to ensure maximum comfort. For those who prefer a higher sleeping position and want to protect against ground moisture, cots & beds are an excellent alternative.

Which Sleeping Mat is Right for Me?

First, consider the terrain where the sleeping mat will be used. Depending on the nature of the surfaces, it may be advisable to use a thicker or thinner sleeping mat. Sleeping mats are generally divided into regular and self-inflating types. Conventional mats can be used on soft surfaces like grassy fields. Self-inflating mats accommodate harder grounds and larger unevenness, enhancing sleeping comfort. When choosing the right sleeping mat, there are many different colors to choose from.

In addition to subtle green tones, variants with camouflage elements can also be selected, allowing for perfect coordination with other tactical gear. It is particularly important that the mat is large enough. Our range includes many different sizes so it can be tailored to individual height. To ensure proper transport, consider purchasing a cover, which can also be acquired with camouflage elements.

ASMC Expert Tip: Sleeping Comfortably Even Without Sleeping Mats

A Night in the Snow:

Insulating mats are a bonus to the rest of the equipment. But in an emergency, you can also improvise:
A few layers of newspapers, a layer of straw or hay, old clothing, pine needles, leaves. To prevent leaves or needles from falling apart, dig a sleeping pit or build a bed frame out of four pieces of wood.

Questions: Sleeping Mats

What is the R-Value?

To avoid freezing, you need a well-insulating mat. The sleeping bag only insulates heat from above. The weight of the person in the sleeping bag compresses the filling and prevents it from fully insulating. The R-value indicates how well a sleeping mat keeps out the cold. This is the heat transfer coefficient. This gives information about the insulating capacity of sleeping mats.

Why is Pack Size Relevant?

The longer, wider, and thicker the mat, the larger the pack size. This specification indicates how much space the mat takes up during transport. Note that inflatable mats have a smaller pack size compared to solid PE models of the same dimensions. If you are on foot, look for a compact pack size and light weight.

How Does a Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Work?

The secret of the self-inflating mat lies in its core, a foam core. After opening the valve, a very elastic foam expands and draws air into the sleeping mat. Just like an air mattress, it pads via air. When rolling up, these cavities are compressed again, and the air can escape through the valve.

How Should Self-Inflating Sleeping Mats Be Stored?

It's best to store the sleeping mat unrolled with the valve open in a dry place. This allows moisture to escape from the mat and allows the core to relax. Long-term storage in a compressed state reduces the foam core's ability to regain shape and tension.

How Do You Install Replacement Valves?

First, you need a repair kit, usually consisting of a replacement valve and the corresponding PU adhesive for sealing. Pull the old valve out of the mat with pliers. Then press the new valve firmly into the opening with adhesive on the corrugations and let it dry.

Which Sleeping Mats are Suitable for Long Tours?

If weight is a critical factor, consider getting a solid sleeping mat. The disadvantages are reduced sleeping comfort and bulky pack size. However, the weight is significantly reduced.

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