Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress

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Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress

Colours: Green top & Black non-slip 'moon' fabric base. Inflated Size: 198 x 63 x 10cm.

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Review of "Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress"

published 29/06/2017 | danielclark691
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Pro Sleep like a King (or Queen), affordable, fairly light, durable.
Cons Extra weight and bulk to carry if backpacking.
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"Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress"

Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress

Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress

First impressions

If you go camping regularly then there may be a few home comforts that you feel are worth lugging around with you. You don’t have to go backpacking to go camping, and if you are taking a vehicle with you then the chances are you will have a few more home comforts than some.

One item that can be essential is a good night of sleep. This can be hard to get when you are laid on hard ground in a tent, but this can be eased with a good quality sleeping bag and a ground mat. One step further would be the Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress. For many this would be a step too far as far as luxury is concerned, and it could be argued that you might aswell go glamping and be done with it.

My experience

The Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress will allow you to get a good night of sleep on hard ground, especially if the conditions are adverse, and the ground is extremely cold. You can wrap up warm in your sleeping bag, but you need a comfortable surface to lay on, otherwise your spine will seem to rest on every single stone in the field!

This mattress does give you the extra padding, but it isn’t like a foam mat that you may have seen in the past. These inflatable mattresses are very durable, but they add extra comfort and are actually lighter to carry than you may think. Okay, so not as lightweight as a foam mat, but certainly much more comfortable.

It is worth noting the dimensions of this mattress, as this will give you an idea of whether it will be suitable for your frame or not. At 63cm across and 198cm in depth this is a fair sized mattress. It isn’t exactly like a mattress on your bed, but it will certainly ease the pressure on your back. The added comfort is most welcome, but comparing the aches and pains of someone who has slept on the hard ground with no such mat can be quite amusing the next day!

The mattress weighs in at under 1.5KG, but it can also be rolled up tightly, taking up less room than a sleeping bag, for example. The durable polyester material is water repellent, and the non-slip surface will ensure you do not slip on it during the night if you need to get up. The valve for inflating the mattress with also allows you to quickly release air from it and deflate it quickly on a morning.

In addition to the mattress and storage sack you also get a quick repair kit. This is to repair punctures, and although we have not had to use it yet we have taken a close look at it and the patches are going to be easy to apply promptly.

Price and availability

Prices vary both online and on the high street. You should expect to pay around the £20 mark for this product from new. If you don’t mind buying one in used condition then you will be able to pick up a bargain. Not many people like to buy used mattresses (for obviously reasons) and I suppose this product can fall into the same category for some people, so this makes the product less desirable in secondhand condition.

Final thoughts

Although the mattress inflates to a thickness of 3cm this is much needed comfort for tent campers. This is an affordable luxury to ease your back aches as you lay on the potentially unforgiving hard ground surface. If you can afford the 1.5KG weight on your backpack then this is something to consider, and will keep you comfortable for a good portion of your expedition – whilst you are sleeping!

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Product Information : Gelert Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress

Manufacturer's product description

Colours: Green top & Black non-slip 'moon' fabric base. Inflated Size: 198 x 63 x 10cm.

Product Details

Type: Camping Mats, Airbeds & Chairs

Manufacturer: Gelert

Long Name: Xpedition Self Inflating Mattress


EAN: 5032307738688


Listed on Ciao since: 03/08/2009