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Affordable Sleeping Mats – Sea to Summit Camp

Affordable Sleeping Mats – Sea to Summit Camp

Sea to Summit Camp affordable sleeping mats, comfort and durability for a budget price.

Affordable sleeping mats may be a bit of a rarity these days and finding something decent that will perform as a three season mat is can be difficult. Gone are the days when as kids we’d take an old sponge yoga mat or simply throw a blanket on the floor of the tent. Fast forward 40 years and us adults need our comfort and thankfully over the same period technology has given us all kinds of innovations for sleeping better outdoors.

affordable sleeping mats
affordable sleeping mats

The Sea to Summit camp mat is a budget sleeping mat that comes in well under a £100,00 and is worth some serious consideration if you are wisely dismissing the cheap Chinese brands on the likes of Amazon.

Features

  • 4.2 R-Value.
  • 1.5″ [3.8cm] thick foam.
  • Delta Core-V technology.
  • Durable 75D polyester shell fabric with extrusion laminated TPU.
  • Multi-function valve for fine-tuning air pressure.

Size

RegularLarge
Dimensions72″ x 20″ [183 x 51cm]78″ x 25″ [198x63cm]
Compressed size6″ x 10.5″ [15x27cm]6.5″ x 13″ [16x33cm]
Weight765g1020g

How we use the Sea to Summit mats

We put the Sea to Summit camp mats to the test on our road trip home from Spain back to the UK in late 2023. The kind of camping we do is often during the colder months plus we had the UK climate to consider. Had we been staying in Spain our choice of sleeping mat may have been very different… Our mats are used in predominantly in the tent, three mats together are a good fit for the Nordisk Thrymheim 5 with plenty of room to spare.

Occasionaly we do sleep outside away from the tent and also in the back of the 4×4 so we needed something durable and thick enough to provide comfort both on the campsite and for outdoor overlanding adventure.

Comfort

The comfort from these budget mats is more than adequit, impressive in fact and even more so when you’re using them on a softer surface like grass. Coupled with a decent sleeping bag these mats do the job very well indeed.

It’s your back to basics, no-frills, sleeping pad that offers great comfort for backpacking and camping adventures.

– Sea to Summit

As self inflating mats they are convenient but you do still have to inflate yourself to get them a little firmer, we found that 5 – 6 aditional deep breaths brought the mats to fully inflated.

affordable sleeping mats
easily packed away

The smaller of the mats [called the regular] is very small, a little disappointing to be honest especially when laid side by side next to the larger version, even my wife who is 5ft 5″ commented that it could do with being slightly bigger all round.

Durability

After a few nights of useage inital thoughts are that these affordable sleeping mats are are durable enough for all of our camping needs sleeping both in the tent and in the back of the vehicle. The back of the Shogun on wood work is always going to be way firmer but properly inflated the Sea to Summit mats are good enough and more importantly slim enough to offer what is needed to sleep well – unlike our monsterous blow up mattress.

Alternatives

  • Robens [Campground / Fjellguard / Aircore / Breath / Primavapour]
  • klymit [Static V / Static V insulated / Recon / Recon insulated]
  • Nordisk [Grip / Vanna / Bornholm]

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K90overland is Mac and Gayle, they lived in Andalucia for 19 years before moving back to the UK. Overlanding since 2019 the pair have built up a 'budget rig' and now enjoy a relaxed approach to discovering Scotland and the north of England.

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