I have never slept on an airbed before so this was going to be a new experience. I chose the 6cm inflatable insulated OUTRAK mat as it was small and not as heavy or bulky as the self-inflating mats I was considering taking.
Given the Overland Track is a 7-day hike, size and weight are definite considerations to take into account.
The mat was easy to blow up under the cover of my tent as it was raining outside, it took quite a few breathes to inflate but with the valve in place that stops the air coming back out it meant you could stop to take a rest, it took maybe a minute in total.
The pillow I found to have the same valve as the mat so it did not allow air to come out as you blow it up, a couple of breaths and it is done.
I adjusted the pillow softness by pressing the valve for a second to let the air out. Overnight the temperatures ranged from 4 to 8 degrees. With my Klymit KSB20 down sleeping bag and my insulated mat, I didn't feel any cold coming up through the bottom of my mat and slept comfortably all night.
The mat itself was comfortable to sleep on with the pillow and with not as much noise as some of the other mats my fellow hikers made when rolling over during the night. I am a side sleeper and didn't have any issues with the thickness of the mat. If the mat was slightly wider it would have been perfect.
The mat specifications are:
- Dimensions: 193cm x 59cm x 9cm
- Insulation: Domistic Fibre 60g/m2
- Material: Nylon ripstop with TPU coating
- Packed Size: 24cm x 14cm x 14cm
- Stuff Sack and Repair Kit Included
We all laid out our mats one afternoon to have a test of who had the most comfortable mat and it was decided the Outrak came in at number two even up against the big names of Seat to summit and Klymit. For the dollar value, you are investing in a decent mat that will allow you to spend more money on other gear.