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M Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Mats - State of the Market Report 2011 Part 2: Test Results and Mini-Reviews

by Roger Caffin and Will Rietveld

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Article Summary:

In Part 1 of this series we discussed airmats in general, outlining the properties we thought important, how we could measure some of them and assess others, and, finally, we listed all the mats being tested in a table. To recapitulate, our criteria for inclusion were that they must weigh less than 400 grams (14 oz) for summer use and 800 grams (28 oz) for winter use. We also looked at what benefit might be had from combining a very light airmat with a very light foam mat. There turned out to be a surprising range of airmats meeting our criteria (see that photo there!).

We have assessed the mats both in the laboratory and in the field for the following properties. In this case 'we' includes not just us authors, but also our wives - whom we thank for their assistance.

We have a Summary near the end of this article which covers the full range of points we found, without focusing on actual models. It is followed by a table of measured performance results.

Points of Interest

Laboratory Assessment

We discuss some measured properties here; the rest are more subjective and will be discussed in the mini-reviews of each mat. The full data set is at the end of this article; in between we discuss different ways of looking at the data.


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