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anyone got a thermarest ridgerest?

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flubba Sun 24-Mar-13 07:49:34

here - they look great and are a third of the price of other SIMs. We used to have a double air mattress which our three kids piled on to but it was a) huge to pack away and b) it deflated with gusto last summer grin so was thinking of a thermarest instead (I used to own one and loved it).

Are these as good as they look?

flubba Mon 25-Mar-13 16:03:06

Anyone? Anyone? (Ferris Bueller has a lot to answer for)

rememberingnothing Mon 25-Mar-13 17:03:44

I've not used one but watching with interest. I think it looks like a glorified roll mat and my hips wouldn't cope with it - not enough cushioning despite the bits of my own I've been cultivating via quantities of wine and chocolate.

I'm fed up of the air bed and I've been looking at the 7cm double SIM but as you say they aren't cheap

Abzs Mon 25-Mar-13 17:18:42

They are good. My DH has used one for years. Definitely at the upper end of the roll mat scale for warmth and comfort.

For your DCs, it depends how old they are, but generally a roll mat is better as they can't deflate or burst it or fall on the floor from a height. A roll mat can also be warmer quicker for them as with an inflatable a small DC's body heat may not be enough to warm up the cold air in the mattress.

We have a 5cm double SIM from Alpkit which seems to be very good so far. The big advantage with Thermarest is the lifetime guarantee on the SI mats - your lifetime - and customer service is good in my experience.

flubba Mon 25-Mar-13 18:26:23

Thanks Abzs, it's the insulating bit I'm concerned about for my kids.

Yes, when we moved house I got throwaway-crazy and stupidly chucked my old beloved thermarest (which had done 15+ years) as it was knackered after over use. I miss it!

I reckon we'll try for these ridge ones. We can get three of these for the price of one of the SIMs

SparkyUK Mon 25-Mar-13 20:52:32

Just to clarify though, my understanding is that they aren't actually SIMs which are made from foam that expands (self inflates even!) so these will be harder than those (only 1.5 cm thick), though also more durable.

If you are interested in an actual SIM, there are many brands cheaper than thermarest. We bought ours from Costco last year and they were brilliant for less than £20 each, 7 cm deep. Unfortunately we tore a huge gash in the one while packing up at our last trip so it will need to be replaced (although, it is actually functional as is, just doesn't pack down and not as springy as the others.)

If you want to go up a grade from them, Vango, Nomad, Gelert, Outwell all do various thicknesses and prices.

flubba Tue 26-Mar-13 21:41:26

Thanks Sparky Our tent is a vango and we love it, so will have a look at their range too.

I realised it wasn't a SIM and in a way, that was also one of the pulls, as our kids wouldn't be able to pop it grin

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