A camping mat is a part of the mandatory tourist equipment for hiking with an overnight stay in a tent. In general, the mat is used to solve two main problems:
1) insulate your body from the cold that comes from the ground,
2) ensure the comfort of your sleep by smoothing the roughness of the surface on which the night caught you napping.
Previously, for these purposes, hunters and shepherds used animal skins or “fir twigs”, soft branches of trees and plants. Specialized tourist mats in pure form appeared only with the development of the chemical industry and for a long time Soviet tourists were limited to only one type, the so-called a "foam ground pad " or a "camping mat".
Goods for outdoors activities: the price and characteristics of camping mats
Camping mats can be of three types - "classic" old school "foam ground pad ", self-inflating and inflatable mats. Foams are unpretentious to use, cheap, but cumbersome and questionable in terms of comfort for sleeping. Self-inflating mats are incomparably more comfortable for sleeping and at the same time several times more compact when folded, but require a more careful attitude. Such a rug is no longer thrown by the fire or on the sharp talus. The fear that such a mat is easy to pierce in a journey on foot is not confirmed by my personal example. Inflatable mats, especially those that are filled with synthetic or even down filler-the top of are the evolution of camping mats. These mats are usually the most compact, lightweight and at the same time super-comfortable.
First of all, camping mats differ by their sizes. The standard “foam ground pad” is 180 centimeters long and 60 wide. Inflatable and self-inflating mats of "regular" size are usually narrower, about 50-52 centimeters wide, but a little longer-180-185 cm. Leading manufacturers produce mats in several sizes at once - elongated, up to 195 - 200 cm long, wider (up to 65 cm) and shortened, 90 - 120 cm long.
Foam ground pads are the densest, and therefore the thinnest of all types of mats, usually from 6 to 12 mm. self-Inflating mats designed for Hiking, not camping, usually with a thickness of 2 to 6 cm. Inflatable mats are the thickest, from 5 to 10 centimeters. Of course, the thicker the Mat, the more comfortable it is, other things being equal (it smooths the surface roughness better), but at the same time it is heavier.