I had a conversation this morning regarding sleeping mats and as it happened one of the jobs on my to-do list was sort and and clear some of the contents of my wardrobe that were hanging in there but rarely used. It’s where i store my/our numerous sleeping mats.
There are 7 mats in total and 2 of them are original Therm-a-rest. Made in Ireland serial number 0013729 and 30.
I decided that i would inflate them and see how comfy/un-comfy they were against my Exped UL7, as it has to be about 5 years since i used them.
To my surprise the mat, as well as walls, must have ears, because i have also been discussing pillows for backpacking with a few fellow bloggers recently.
The ‘729 mat decided it would make it’s own pillow for me. It just creaked and bloomed as if summer had arrived into a lovely mat and pillow.
Unfortunately i don’t think the de-lamination is complete and by morning i expect to have a 6” thick sofa bed!
There is one solution here if you have a thin inflatable mat, but it doesn’t work on the thicker mats. I tried it.