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Which Sleeping Mat to Choose?

Sea to Summit sleeping mats have redefined comfort in the backcountry. The Air Mats were launched in 2015 and since then have received multiple awards and great reviews from the media and end-users alike. The Air Mats were joined in 2017 by a line of Self Inflating mats. Both series have set new benchmarks for innovative design, comfort and ease of use. In Spring 2019, Sea to Summit raised the bar even higher by adding Women's specific Air Sprung Cell and Self Inflating mats.

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Air Sprung Cell Sleeping Mats

Compact, Comfortable and Supportive

  • Air Sprung Cells™: Contribute to the amazing comfort and thermal efficiency – a picture on the the right
  • Multi Function Valve: Permits rapid inflation, easy adjustment, and incredibly quick deflation
  • Liquid-Extruded Thermoplastic Urethane laminate: Increases the mat's durability and gives it an  extremely high-reliability rate

If you have read the blog posts Sleeping Mats: From Tech to Trail and The Physics of Insulation and Comfort in Air-Filled Sleeping Mats you will have a good understanding of what makes some mats more comfortable and better insulators than others.

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 Air Sprung cells

Self-Inflating (SI) Sleeping Mats

Consistent warmth, combined with comfort and ease of use

  • Delta Coring technology: Reduces the weight of certain models by 40% and allows for smaller-than-expected packed volumes.
  • Multi-Function Valve: The valve has two functions - inflation and deflation. For deflation, it can be twisted over to become a one-way deflate valve. Packing is much easier than a conventional self-inflating pad because the mat does not re-inflate itself while being rolled up.
  • High-quality fabrics and liquid lamination contribute to above-average comfort and reliability.
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 Delta Core Insulation and Multi-Function Valve

Women’s sleeping mats

Specifically designed for a woman's shape and need for extra warmth

  • Why carry extra weight you don’t need? Women's sleeping mats are narrower at the shoulders but wider between the hips and knees. The wider cut allows women to sleep in whatever position is comfortable while remaining centered on the mat.
  • Air Sprung Cell Sleeping Mats have extra Thermolite® insulation compared to the unisex versions.
  • Self-Inflating Sleeping Mats have different Delta Coring patterns for Comfort Warmth Zones in the hip and foot areas – which is where women need increased insulation and support.
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 Women's Sleeping Mats

Find your Perfect Sleeping Mat:

Activity Factors Seasons Recommended Sleeping Mat
Backpacking Need to go as light as possible Summer to early Fall Ultralight Air
Ultralight SI
Ether Light XT
Backpacking Need to go as light as possible Summer plus shoulder seasons Ultralight Insulated
Women's Ultralight Insulated
Ether Light XT Insulated
Women's Ether Light XT Insulated
Backpacking Prefer greater level of comfort Summer plus shoulder seasons Comfort Light Insulated
Women's Comfort Light Insulated
Comfort Light SI
Women's Comfort Light SI
Ether Light XT Insulated
Women's Ether Light XT Insulated
Backpacking Hip or back injury Summer plus shoulder seasons Comfort Plus Insulated
Bikepacking Need to go as compact as possible Summer to early Fall Ultralight Air
Ultralight SI
Ether Light XT
Cycle touring Need to go as compact as possible Summer to early Fall Ultralight Insulated
Women's Ultralight Insulated
Ether Light XT Insulated
Women's Ether Light XT Insulated
Cycle touring Prefer greater level of comfort Summer to early Fall Comfort Light
Comfort Light SI
Women's Comfort Light SI
Ether Light XT
Ski / Snowshoe touring Need maximum insulation Winter Comfort Plus Insulated (possibly with additional foam pad)
Sea Kayak touring Need to go as compact as possible Summer to early Fall Ultralight Insulated
Women's Ultralight Insulated
Ether Light XT Insulated
Women's Ether Light XT Insulated
Recreational camping/Boy and Girl Scouts Price is important, as are comfort and durability Summer plus shoulder seasons Camp Mat SI
Car Camping / ‘Base Camp’ use Prefer maximum level of comfort Summer plus shoulder seasons Comfort Plus XT Rectangular
Comfort Plus SI
Women's Comfort Plus SI

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