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    Anyone used an inflatable mattress instead of a roll mat out on the ground?

    Herself has one (not in RDF) and I got the idea of using an inflatable, haven't tried it out yet though.

    A few thoughts...

    - Folded up, its a lot smaller than a roll mat (think slightly larger than a poncho)
    - Inflated using a footpump which makes a horrible squeaky noise (though it was the cheapest one on offer)
    - It takes longer than a roll mat to set up and put away when finished
    - Its comfier than a roll mat
    - The roll mat won't puncture

    Any views?
    "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

  • #2
    I have a self inflating roll mat(LIDL). Tis the best of both worlds. Does take a little longer to roll up though.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    • #3
      got a german folding mat, not great and a surplus inflatable one from mr. curtis very comfy . have yet to see them any where else similer to the thermarest but a lot cheaper
      :confused: ONCE YOU HAVE THEM BY THE BALLS , THEN YOU CAN WIN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS ! :

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      • #4
        For mil use the roll mat is probably the better alternative. Its light, cheap, requires no setup, can be cut up for elbow and knee pads and is the only replacement you're likely to get if you lose your super duper inflatable mat. Which is expensive, requires time to inflate and deflate and can be punctured.

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        • #5
          I recently bought an Airic mat from Alpkit (http://www.alpkit.com/airic/). It costs only £17 (A fraction of the cost of thermalite mats). Smaller and lighter than the issue roll mat. It looks pretty difficult to puncture but holes are easily repaired and even when punctured the mat will still provide better insulation than the issue roll mat. Very comfy but takes longer to roll up. I just fold mine in 4 and use it as cushioning against my back in my bergen.

          I wouldn't suggest cutting it up to make knee pads but then again I wouldn't suggest cutting up your issue roll amt either unless you have a very understanding CQ.

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          • #6
            The lightwieght stretcher the army use doubles up as a nice sleeping mat and is very tough so it won't get ripped.

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            • #7
              Sorry for the necrothread revival but i bought one of these recently and they are the dog danglies.Small enough to fit inside a daysack or even a rocket pouch.Light and warm.
              Good kit.
              http://www.ukkitmonster.com/product_...roducts_id=803
              "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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              • #8
                Looks Gucci! Is it hard to deflate in a hurry? Just roll if up is it?

                I got one of these a few weeks back, a slight bit thin but sleep on a fleece and its cosy
                http://www.rvops.co.uk/folding-snipe...k-dpm-834.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by apod View Post
                  Sorry for the necrothread revival but i bought one of these recently and they are the dog danglies.Small enough to fit inside a daysack or even a rocket pouch.Light and warm.
                  Good kit.
                  http://www.ukkitmonster.com/product_...roducts_id=803
                  apod - that's the one we get issued in our 'Black Bag'. i love mine.
                  RGJ

                  ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

                  The Rifles

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                  • #10
                    Looks Gucci! Is it hard to deflate in a hurry? Just roll if up is it?
                    No.Just open the valve and fold the mat in half lenghtways and roll tightly towards the valveend.Air is expelled.When fully rolled you close the valve and slide on the elastic straps to keep it rolled.It also comes with a lightweight stuff bag.
                    "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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                    • #11
                      One alternative to a roll mat,

                      Thats quite comfortable

                      AND warm

                      is a female soldier

                      preferably a good looking one :D
                      "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
                      "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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