Our Durtal Single sleeping mat has been chosen as best budget sleeping mat by Radar! Curious? Read the article Radar has published here!
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The festival season has started and we can also go on camping vacations again. Radar tests six different budget sleeping mats up to 50 euros. Should you choose an air mattress or a self-inflatable mat for a comfortable night? Our test panel gives an expert opinion.
Radar tests six different sleeping mats: three airbeds and three self-inflatables. Radar enlists the help of three experts: 52-year-old 'sleeping mat expert' Gijs Loning, outdoorsman with a passion for camping, regularly tests sleeping mats for his job and writes articles about it. Juul van der Heijden, 23 years old, likes to go to music festivals in her spare time. Chances are you bumped into her at Lowlands, Paaspop or Into the woods and she was a festival reporter for the website Festival Fans. 30-year old Richard Marsman likes camping and makes long treks through the rugged nature of Scotland and camps in the mountains of Italy and France. So our test panel consists of three seasoned sleeping mat users.
We test the following six mats:
A. Airbed Human Comfort Durtal Single. We paid 49.99 euros.
B. Airbed Sgodde of the brand Fyse. We paid 49.95 euros.
C. Airbed Bo-Camp (the lightest mat) with 1010 grams. We paid 44.95 euros.
D. Self inflatable Quechua from Decathlon bought for 49.99 euros excluding 3.95 euros shipping.
E. Self inflatable mat of Camp Gear weighs 2 kilos (the heaviest mat in the test). We paid 49.95 euros.
F. Self inflatable Nomad Matness we bought on sale for 34.95 euros excluding 4.95 euros shipping.
Our test panel tested the six mats on the following points:
Is the mat easy to use and to take with you in terms of packing volume and weight?
Is the mat easy to inflate?
How does the mat lie on grass, but also when you put a handful of pine cones under it?
Can you easily deflate the mat and roll it up again in the supplied case?
Personal favorite of our testers
Our festival-goer Juul opts for comfort and her personal favorite is B: the air mattress Sgodde from the brand Fyse. The mat is lightweight at 1400 grams and you can inflate it in three minutes via the built-in foot pump. Inflated it is 12 centimeters thick and gives great comfort. Nice if you've been dancing all day at a festival and have a drink. Juul gives her personal favorite an 8.5.
Gijs has very different requirements for his sleeping mat. His favorite is the self-inflatable mat Quechua from Decathlon. The mat feels warm to the skin and insulates much better than airbeds. According to the packaging, the mat has an R-value (insulation value) of 5.2. Even a handful of pine cones under the mat you don't feel, then the mat is still comfortable. Gijs gives an 8 to his personal favorite.
Camper Richard chooses the air bed of Bo-Camp. With 50 centimetres and 1.85 metres it is on the small side according to the other testers, but the light weight of 1010 grams and the small packing volume of 40 x 20 x 5 cm is extremely important to Richard. You don't want to drag along an enormous and heavy mat on trekking tours. Richard gives his personal favorite a 7.5 despite the fact that his feet are outboard.
If we add up all the ratings of our three testers and divide by three we get the results of the Radar budget sleeping mats test:
|Ranking||Brand||Type||Price in Euros||Final mark|
|1. A||Human Comfort Durtal Single||airbed||49,90||7,2|
|2. B||Sgodde van Fyse||airbed||49,95||7,0|
|3. F||Nomad Matness||self inflatable||34,95||6,0|
|4. D||Quechua van Decathlon||self inflatable||49,99||5,7|
|6. E||Camp Gear||self inflatable||49,95||4,2|
The airbed of Human Comfort Durtal Single comes according to our three-person test panel as the best from the test. According to Richard and Juul, the airbed is good and firm with good air distribution when you sleep on your side. According to Gijs, a handful of pine cones under this mat is not felt and the airbed lies well. And the valve at the head end makes it easy to blow in air or let it out when you're lying on your mat. And number A is also easy to roll up and store in the included pouch.
This article was published once before on: https://radar.avrotros.nl/hulp-tips/hulpartikelen/item/radar-test-zes-slaapmatjes-welk-budget-slaapmatje-tot-50-euro-ligt-het-best/