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ok so fat airics seem the new 'thing', but...

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lunavix Thu 11-Jun-09 22:20:42

Has anyone got any of the others from the airic family??

As a non driver I'd like something a little more transportable than the fat airic, so I'm wondering if any of the rest are worth it :D

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 11-Jun-09 22:24:54

I have the regular airic. I am a bit of a light weight but even with my arthritis its pretty comfy.

lunavix Fri 12-Jun-09 10:49:21

Are they quite portable?

Lilymaid Fri 12-Jun-09 10:59:17

We've got the regular and the slim airics. Slim airic would be good for going to festivals without a car as more portable but still comfortable. Regular airics are very comfortable for camping - and I am rather curvy, a tad overweight and have back problems. My DH uses the thermarest version of the Wee Airic for mountain walking/backpacking and finds that very comfortable.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 12-Jun-09 12:39:39

lunavix - I think they roll up to about the same as a foam mat, but they are heavier.

glastocat Fri 12-Jun-09 12:52:27

I have two fat airics and they are amazing, but was thinking of getting a smaller one for my kid. Whats the best one for an eight year old boy, one with a bit of growing room. The fat airics are looooong!

hettie Fri 12-Jun-09 13:45:31

was just in kathmandu- saw a thikish but not very long airic/thermarest knock off- seemed quite good and very good price

lunavix Fri 12-Jun-09 13:59:57

lilymaid - what's the difference portable wise and sleeping wise between the regular and slim?

Lilymaid Sat 13-Jun-09 17:10:25

I've just looked at the Alpkit website and all Airics seem to be out of stock. I think regular and slim are the same thickness - but the slim version is obviously narrower (around 12.5 cm narrower), so not so good if you keep turning in the night! The Fat Airic is 22 cm longer than the slim and regular Airics.
For an 8 year old boy a 180 cm long mat would be long at present(presuming he would be 120 cm - 130 cm tall), but will see him through his teenage years.

lunavix Sat 13-Jun-09 20:48:47

hmm so if i decided to buy posh airics instead of normal SI mats..

then a reg for me (non driver, 5'3) and two slims for the kids? Or how about wee ones :D

blithedance Sun 14-Jun-09 22:00:21

Have you tried Decathlon - they have a good range of mats including some that pack down really small. They have them out for demonstrating too so you can lie down and test them! Might at least do for the children.

If it helps I have a Thermarest allegedly 3.8cm thick, and find it really comfortable. It folds down the length before rolling so makes a tiny package - like a fat kitchen roll. (27x15cm and 900g). A Quechua A200 light is probably the equivalent.

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