Sea to Summit launched an incredible line of sleeping mats with their Air Sprung Cell™ technology that not only provides some good, comfortable sleeping while out camping, but they’re also super lightweight and take hardly any pack space at all. The Comfort Plus Insulated Mat, one of the sleeping mats in this line, has a dual layer construction that fine-tunes the level of comfort available in any air mattress today, and the fact that it prevents convective heat loss between your body and the ground just makes it all the more enticing.
With the two independent high-resolution cell layers, the Comfort Plus Insulated Mat gives excellent support by distributing your body weight and shape over more cells. The two layers are offset for more uniform insulation and cushioning. The layers can be pressurized individually, so the top layer can be inflated to your personal comfort, while the base layer maintains high-pressure for protection from rough or uneven terrain. The fine tune valves on each layer of the mat can be adjusted so you can get the right level of softness and support. The Exkin Platinum® fabric (a quiet non-woven fabric) reflects radiant heat loss back to the user while Thermolite® insulation helps to keep that heat from escaping between your body and the ground.
When you take the Comfort Plus Insulated Mat out of the package you wonder how something that packs so small can also provide so much comfort while sleeping on the ground. Now comes the part of inflating the sleeping mat. You can either fill it up with air from your mouth, and it really doesn’t take a whole lot of breaths to do it, so you’re not left lightheaded. Or you can get the Sea to Summit Air Stream Dry Sack Pump which is their big-volume sleeping mattress pump that inflates with a single breath. You then pump that inflated air into your Comfort Plus Insulated Sleeping Mat. It’s really pretty cool to blow up your sleeping mat with this dry sack pump. It also spares you having to haul around a battery-operated pump that doesn’t always work very well.
Once you lay down on the Comfort Plus Insulated Mat, you’re pretty shocked at the comfort with how thin and lightweight it is. I think Sea to Summit pretty much nailed the science of body weight distribution and comfort with the offset two layers. And the insulation definitely helps keep those cold spots away that you might find with other sleeping mats. It was nice not waking up in the middle of the night due to some cold part on my body. I was very comfortable with even insulation throughout the mat and woke up with no trigger points.
The Sea to Summit Comfort Plus Insulated Mat is highly recommended for all camping purposes. Whether you’re backpacking, car camping, sleeping under the stars, or even sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house, this mat will keep you cozy during your downtime on an adventure.
For more information on the Comfort Plus Insulated Mat and proper use/care, please visit the Sea to Summit Web site. It is available to purchase at REI, The North Face store and Kirkham’s Outdoor Products.