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.
Thermarest ProLite 3.
Purchased August 2008
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.
- Easy to inflate
- Fantastic customer support
- 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
14th April 2011
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