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Kit Review: Thermarest ProLite 3 Sleeping Mat
Our Rating: 7/10
Model
Thermarest ProLite 3.

Purchased August 2008

Description
Thermarest ProLite Sleeping Mat
The Thermarest ProLite 3 sleeping mats are self inflating 3 season sleeping mats with a focus on minimal weight and maximum compactness. They come in a couple of different lengths and a variety of colours.
Review
We find the Thermarest ProLite sleeping mats comfortable as long as you tend to sleep on your back or front. If you tend to sleep on your side it's probable your hip will touch the ground. They provide adequate insulation from the cold ground during winter nights and we have never had issue with one deflating.  As space is an issue their compact pack size is brilliant. The mats' self inflating ability gradually reduced over time and after about 6 months of use we have to inflate them "manually". It only takes a few minutes so no big problem.

They are, however, quite delicate and it takes care to keep them puncture free, using them outside is risky. Keeping the mats clean is very important. One member of the team (Guy) did not heed this advice seriously and after a while the mat started to delaminate. A bubble formed and expanded to about 20cm in diameter. He was excited to have an inbuilt pillow but this soon grew into something more than he could handle. We contacted Thermarest to see if anything could be done about it. There was nothing we could do about the bubble, but Thermarest offered to send us a replacement mat. When this mat got lost in the mail, they then actually sent us a second mat, free of charge. Needless to say we are highly impressed with their customer support.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Easy to inflate
  • Fantastic customer support 
Cons
  • Delicate - need to take care to keep clean and puncture free
  • Heavier and more expensive than a foam mat
  • The bag for the standard size mat is a bit too small 
Reviewed On
14th April 2011
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