CARRIMATA, MATTRESS OR SELF-INFLATING MAT?

2023-10-23
CARRIMATA, MATTRESS OR SELF-INFLATING MAT?

The number of types of mats can make a tourist a little confused. You want your rest during the trip to be comfortable, but you are wondering what to take with you to be comfortable? In order to choose the best equipment, first of all, take into account the season, the conditions in which you will be camping, and match the mat to your individual needs and preferences.

In addition to the difference visible to the naked eye, i.e. thickness, the mats also differ in thermal insulation. Of course, the thicker ones will be more comfortable and soft, making sleep more pleasant, while the thinner ones tend to be harder and less soft. Thermal insulation parameter should be considered if you plan to use the mattress under a tent in cold conditions. Definitely, self-inflating mats or mattresses tend to be heavier and larger than karimats, which can be important if you need equipment that is lightweight or small in size, such as when hiking. Ease of use without additional gadgets is also important. Self-inflating mats fill themselves with air when the valve is opened, which is convenient and saves time. When buying, it is worth paying attention to the durability of the product. Resistance to mechanical damage such as punctures is important during a trip to the forest. If you're mainly planning car camping trips where weight and size aren't a priority, self-inflating mattresses can be a good choice because of their convenience. If, on the other hand, you are going to use the product in harsher conditions, a carrimat or self-inflating mat may be a more appropriate choice.

Karimata is very well known to all, for many years. Karimats are made of foam and are available on the market in different thicknesses and sizes. The plastic from which the karimats are made does not necessarily insulate well against the cold in colder seasons. Therefore, choose carrimats for the spring - autumn season. Insulation is sometimes supported by aluminum foil (you lie down on the foil part to effectively reflect the heat given off back into the sleeping bag) or a profiled surface that creates additional insulating spaces.

Karimats are relatively the cheapest product, durable, easy to clean and repair. Karimata will also work well for physical activities, i.e. fitness or yoga. The disadvantage of karimat is insulation - in winter it will not be satisfactory. It is also important to remember that we can feel the unevenness of the terrain through the karimata, which will translate into sleeping comfort. Another important aspect is the size after folding. The carrimat is rolled up, it does not compress in any other way, transportation is done by clipping it to the backpack.

Inflatable mattresses are most often made in a chamber system, so that the fit to the figure is at a high level. Mattresses insulate well from the cold and provide cushioning. The mattress will work well for camping, but also on the beach or as an extra bed for guests. The undeniable advantage is the low weight, good packability and comfort while resting. Among the less pleasant activities is inflating the mattress when you do not have a pump, which will translate into a longer preparation of the holiday. Although manufacturers try to use the best possible materials for production, we can never be sure that the mattress will not perforate. Therefore, when deciding on an inflatable mattress, remember to get a repair kit.

Self-inflating mat is a combination of two products - a carrimat and a mattress. The advantage of the mats is self-inflation, that is, when you open the valve, the foam inside sucks in air and expands. Note that the mat will not inflate 100% this way. When the "suction" ends, pump it up with your mouth or a pump. Among the self-inflating mats, you will find some that will insulate perfectly in minus temperatures. The increased insulating properties are just due to the contained foam inside. Compared to a sleeping mat, a self-inflating mat will better isolate the body from the unevenness of the ground.

Unfortunately, as with mattresses, there is a possibility of mechanical damage and puncturing of the mat. Therefore, it is important to transport the mat in a cover, preferably with an open valve, which will minimize the likelihood of perforation, and to have a repair kit on hand in case of failure.

During the trip, it is a good idea to have with you a seat that will provide comfort and insulation from the ground to sit comfortably. Whether you're recuperating on a mountain camping trip, camping or in the backyard garden, the handy folding mat will keep you comfortable while resting on the ground.

Just unravel seat and use a clean and dry place.

Which product will be the best?

There is no clear answer. Karimata is a budget form, but more problematic in terms of portability. Prices of mattresses are higher, but provide more comfortable rest. Keep in mind that there are many different types of sleeping pads and self-inflating mats on the market, it is worth comparing different models in terms of their specifications and user reviews before making a choice.

On offer at the ArmyWorld store.pl you will find a wide selection of camping equipment.

In addition to sleeping accessories, you'll also find seats, pumps or repair kits.

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