Sea to Summit is doing some very interesting things with their sleeping mats, to be released early 2015. While Sea To Summit isn’t a company you would normally think of when you think sleeping pads (or mats as they’re calling them), they’ve clearly been thinking them through. They have some intriguing designs I can’t wait to get my hips on.
The main features that make these pads stand out from the rest come from two major points:
A. “Air Sprung Cells”. These are basically stabilizing welds in the pads, but instead of traditional styles baffles, they’re doing what they’re calling “dot welding” patterns. These simulate the more traditional baffles that you would expect in a home mattress. This should distribute your body weight, and reduce any pressure points on your body, and provide more of that never left my bed comfort.
B. Single, Hybrid and dual layers designs. Here, in the dual layered pads, they’re designing two separate redundant layers into the pad. One on the bottom, and one on the top. This allows you to inflate the bottom layer stiff, and leave the top layer more softly inflated to provide both loft, and cushioning. Bonus, if one goes flat, the other will still keep you off the ground, so you’ll still get some sleep. A hybrid version features dual layers in the torso area only, reducing weight but still adding extra layers where you really need it.
Other interesting details, like multi-function valves allow you to inflate and deflate easier and faster. It’s a combined system that has a one way valve (no loss of air between breaths), a quick deflate port, and a fine tuning button that will only allow a small amount of air to escape, so you can fine tune your sleep. You’ll also have varying levels and types of insulation to choose from (Thermolite based).
You’ll be offered 6 variations: Ultra Light (single layer), Comfort Light (Hybrid layers), and Comfort Plus (dual layers). Each comes in insulated or non-insulated options. You will also have rectangle and mummy options in the comfort Plus line.
Expect these in March 2015. Hopefully I’ll be able to gain some samples to share with you guys a full review.
For more info, check out the video below.