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popperdoodles Fri 24-Jul-15 19:55:14

we have always used inflatable mattresses but they need replacing and considering self inflating mats
are they warmer? more comfortable? or is is purely a case of personal preference?

bagsofbats Fri 24-Jul-15 19:58:41

Self inflating all the way for us (dh and I have a Vango double) much warmer and far more comfy imo.

popperdoodles Fri 24-Jul-15 20:06:09

how thick is yours? I have seen lots which are only 2.5 or 3cm

GobblersKnob Fri 24-Jul-15 20:11:19

Self inflating so much better for me, just got back from 9 nights on my new 10cm ones and slept like a baby, just as comfy as my bed at home.

That said I know lots of campers who hate them and find air beds far more comfy (personally they are agony for my back and hips), I think it's a very personal thing.

moveon Fri 24-Jul-15 23:37:01

I had just replaced my inflatable mattress with a 10cm sim. It's on top of a camp-bed and super comfy.

Also had an electric blanket on top of my aerobed to keep the cold out, but the sim is not only warm but much more comfy (for me, side-sleeper) than the aerobed - 6 years later! Should have swapped out years ago.

madoldwoman Sat 25-Jul-15 09:54:17

Gobbles - which 10cm ones do you have? I posted a few days ago about trying my new 5cm one which was ok for a bit but then I got bad shoulder pain, so am considering having that for one of the kids and getting myself a thicker one (along with a couple of decent proper pillows!)

popperdoodles Sat 25-Jul-15 13:58:03

it seems the thicker the better then. if we cannot afford proper thick ones I might stick with the blow up ones.

madoldwoman Sat 25-Jul-15 23:20:29

Does anyone have the outwell dreamcatcher 10cm mat? It seems to get great reviews.

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Sat 25-Jul-15 23:26:09

I much prefer self inflating mats, even the thin ones (which we've had for about 15 years) I personally find much more comfortable than an airbed.

We've just bought new Outwell Dreamcatcher 7cm mats, as the original 15yo SIMs seem to have finally given up the ghost. Not tried them properly yet but they seem very comfy.

LikeASoulWithoutAMind Sat 25-Jul-15 23:26:52

SIMs are warmer too.

stargirl1701 Sat 25-Jul-15 23:31:55

We are toying with these:

Are they worth the money?

CarlaSun Sun 26-Jul-15 19:17:31

I have the 10cm dream catcher & it is very comfortable. Bliss when used in top of a campbed, but still very good by itself.

alexw Sun 26-Jul-15 19:26:54

Outsell dreamboatse the business!

madoldwoman Sun 26-Jul-15 22:36:12

I hope so alexw - I have just ordered one!

hillbilly Sun 26-Jul-15 22:48:13

We have Vango 7.5cm which we bought about 5 years ago. There are thicker around these days but it is still excellent and very comfortable. I always give it some extra puff to make it as thick as possible.

DH reckons he sleeps better camping than at home!

TheRobbingBastards Mon 27-Jul-15 22:09:32

Watching with interest as poor DH is about to settle down for his first night at camp on my Vango trekking sim.
He considers SIMs to be obscenely expensive so am waiting with bated breath for the cries that we need to purchase something more comfortable--for his elderly bones--

<gets out debit card>

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