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Message posted by Mark8par on 31/8/2016 at 8:19am
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Hi,

Looking to replace my airbeds which keep deflating. I keep seeing people mentioning sims and I am quite interested in changing to one of these.
There seems to be quite a few to choose from and quite a difference in price so I could do with a little help pointing in the direction of some decent ones to look at.
The Exped ones seem to get superb reviews but at a cost and when I have had a look at the website, they say you shouldn't keep it rolled up once home and leave it flat (under a bed for example) thats not really an option for me.
I am also not sure if its best to go for a double for me and the mrs or two singles, I would just be a little concerned that they separate as we have a double sleeping bag.

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Message posted by Francais on 31/8/2016 at 8:43am
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We got two of the ThermaRest DreamTime XL's back in 2008, and we fasten them together with there embedded connecting straps to make up a double bed, larger than the one we have at home!

We don't do sleeping bags, just a double (bespoke made) fitted cotton top sheet and a cotton sheet on top of us.

We take a very low tog duvet with us, but that has only ever been used on a handful of occasions.

The DT's are more of a sleep system, with there foam insert and fitted zip on/off fleece cover, which has a tough vinyl underside.

We keep ours rolled up loosely, when storing in the loft, and they have been fine, I know it's best to store them open and flat, but that is only to assist on deployment, after all when they come from the shop they are tightly rolled, so I doubt any harm can be done by storing them loosely rolled.

And I have to say the DT's have been sublime for our fortnight campings.

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Message posted by Mark8par on 31/8/2016 at 6:27pm
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thanks for the reply, I'm still stuck

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I think not keeping them rolled up (ideally) applies to all SIMs. I've got an Outwell Dreamcatcher 10cm, very happy with it - much better than the airbed I used before.

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Thanks speaker, how comfy is the outwell dreamcatcher?

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It's comfortable, warmer in cold weather than an airbed and doesn't deflate overnight. I've seen other threads on here where folk have recommended putting a SIM on top of a camp bed for ultimate comfort but I've been happy with it on the ground or in the back of my van.

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I can also vouch for the dreamtime xls and the thermarest luxury maps. I've been using mine to sleep on permanently for the last 2 years and they have never had a puncture. There also great for camping of course. As comfortable as a bed and pretty indestructible. Definitely worth the extra money as I had quite a few cheaper ones before that just got leaks after using them for one or two camping seasons let alone every night.

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There's no substitue for trying a SIM out - many shops will have them out ready or if you ask nicely will probably let you put one up (especially the more expensive ones and independent shops - which is where I bought my Megamat from, too much of an investment to get wrong!).

SIMs/mats do come in many sizes and unless you are the type of person can sleep on a rock, the thicker ones will be more comfortable - particularly if you are a side sleeper.

I find regular SIMs a bit hard, and did have one briefly, which is why I like the Megamat (i'm sure the Dreamtime is very comfy but a bit bulkier to transport). I leave ours rolled in their bags during the 'season' ready for the off, then loosely roll over the winter and store on top of the wardrobe.

There is a budget issue of course and trying to find the optimum option for the available v the use you will get v the comfort you want is very personal.

It's end of season now so you may get a bargain.







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I have a 10cm Gelert Adventure XL and although I don't mind it on it's own I do prefer to use it with a camp bed. Overall then that means you've got a bulky SIM and another bulky camp bed to transport but since sleeping is the next most important thing to your shelter you could make room for it in the car.

I believe the Skandika 10cm SIM on Amazon is exceptionally good but i've not seen one in use.

I don't have room to store mine unrolled, I've kept my Gelert Adventure XL rolled in it's bag for a few years not and it's fine.

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If I wasn't already married I would consider marrying my megamat

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They're very supportive - warm - and yielding. The perfect mate

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Just spotted the comment about storing unrolled. Our megamats live rolled up, we have no choice on that. This means they do not self inflate. Howver we bought a snozzel bag and that inflates them very quickly there is no difference in comfort but keeping them rolled flattens them beyond the capabilites of self inflation

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I store the thermarests rolled up, some for up to 8 months at a time and they still inflate themselves although not as quickly as when they are used more often.

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I have 2 single outwell dreamcatchers on a fold up double campbed with a duvet on top then a double sheet over the whole lot. It is comfy, but not as comfy as my bed at home (that would be hard though as its a latex kingsize). The dreamcatchers on the campbed also dip in the middle of each SIM which is suboptimal. They would probably be better on the floor, although I haven't tried this yet.

I also have a kampa wideboy 10cm which my son sleeps on straight on the floor.

The Kampa is a thicker, more supportive SIM than the dreamcatcher. I haven't slept a full night on the Kampa SIM, but I suspect it's comfier than the dreamcatchers (and cheaper).

If I only needed one I would go for the Kampa.

SIms much, much warmer and comfier than an air mattress.

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