|Rating:||8.9 / 10|
|Value for money||2.1 / 2.5|
|Durability||2.3 / 2.5|
|Comfort||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.2 / 2.5|
Sea to Summit has a huge range of sleeping mats available to suit all needs and budgets – so many that it can be difficult to navigate. Here is the first of a series of reviews of the Sea to Summit range to help you make the right choice.
The Sea to Summit Ultra Light Insulated mat for women is well, a bit of a surprise packet. It is packed with features.
The trend in women’s sleeping mats is for them to reflect the shape of women – this means slightly wider at the hip and narrower at the shoulder. This is obviously a generalisation which some women’s mats get right and others not so. The Sea to Summit women’s Ultra Light Insulated mat gets this pretty right – for me at least!
The next thing to look for in a women’s mat is the insulating factor. The generalisation is that women feel the cold more and therefore need some additional insulation to reduce the impact of lying on the cool ground. Again, this mat accommodates this need by combining an Exkin Platinum® layer and a thicker THERMOLITE® insulative layer into a single layer. The result is a warm mat (the R-value is 3.8) that is also light and compact when packed.
The next important feature to look for is comfort. There is nothing worse than tossing and turning after a tiring day on the trail because you don’t have enough cushioning underneath. Also, side sleepers (male and female) need a bit of extra cushioning to prevent their hips from hitting rock bottom. The Sea to Summit Ultra Light Insulated mat incorporates Air Sprung Cell™ comfort coupled with what Sea to Summit refers to as a ‘dot weld pattern’ that disperses pressure across the mat for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
The colour of mat is Paprika which is kinda pinky-orange. Not my favourite but it certainly stands out! The weight of the mat is 450 grams (regular size) which is comparable to other light weight insulated sleeping mats for women of comparable R-value.
The length of the ‘regular’ size is good for me (I am 165 cm) but if you are above average height, consider the ‘large’ size or opt for the Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated mat.
This mat is a little noisy but not to the extent of other sleeping mats – I’m thinking of the Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite here. If the noise bothers you (or your hiking buddies), just slip the mat inside a sleeping bag liner!
I love Sea to Summit’s Airstream™ Pump Sack which allows you to pump up the mat in little time and without turning blue in the face!
The Sea to Summit Ultra Light Insulated Women’s mat is a great mat packed with features. So if you are looking for a warm, comfortable and lightweight sleeping mat then this is a great choice. One final comment that I would make here is just because this mat is sold as ‘women’s’ mat it doesn’t mean that guys looking for a warmer mat shouldn’t consider it as an option.
I would be very happy sleeping on this mat and I’m confident you will be too!
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$190 AUD (on sale at the time of this review) – a great price and packed with features
Sea to Summit has a large range of sleeping mats and pads to suit your needs including the Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated in men’s and women’s versions
Sea to Summit Insulated Sleeping Women’s mat inflated
Close up of the Sea to Summit sprung cell construction
Sea to Summit Ultra Light Insulated Women’s mat side view
Sea to Summit multi function valve makes this mat very easy to blow up without passing out
Sea to Summit sleeping mat being being inflated
Rolling up the Sea to Summit Ultra Light Insulated Women’s mat
Pillow lock example showing an Aeros Pillow
Sea to Summit Sleeping mat comparison. 1 litre water bottle versus the Sea to Summit Sleeping Mat Comparison versus the Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated mat
This review was done with product provided on loan by Sea to Summit