Being a fan of outdoor activities, you need to bring things with you on your journey, from clothes to equipment like tent, sleeping bag, and a carpet. In particular, you should take care of your bedroom first. It is not desirable to place your sleeping bag directly on the ground to avoid hypothermia. Usually, under a sleeping bag, we stitch a special tour carpet. At the same time, not only large mats for storage of sleeping bags but there also an offer for compact seat mats.
There are many material choices to make tourist carpets. Some of them are polyethylene foam, polyurethane foam, microfiber, and ethylene vinyl acetate.
The inflatable tour mat was filled with air using a separate pump (manual or foot) or by mouth. However, such a method can take a long time. To lower the air, you have to turn the tourist rug into a tube. The disadvantage of using an inflatable mat is that you have to bring along a pump. It will cost you a lot of space in the backpack. Another major disadvantage is that the amount of air in the mat will decrease as the ambient temperature decreases. So if you use it for one night, you might have to pump it in the middle of the night. If not, you can just wake up in the morning on a carpet almost flat on the ground.
Inflatable mats for tourist seats are usually made of polyethylene foam. These mats have excellent thermal insulation properties and elastic belts that can be adjusted by tension and length strength. Climbers, kayakers, fishermen on the street use these tourist seating.
Polyurethane foam material is a good choice for making a rug. It has a compact size, easy to carry in twisted conditions, and attachable to the sides of the backpack. Foam mats are of two types; one layer, and two layers. The two-layered are strong and can be used even at low room temperature. While single layer mats are only for warm weather, less durable and fragile. Foil-shaped tourist carpet is available at an affordable price. However, usually, this carpet is only for one-time use only.
Microfiber is amongst the material to make a tourist carpet. This mat has two valves, for inflation and for deflation. This set usually also serves as a waterproof cover for the travel carpet, which also has functioned as a pillow.
Mats from ethylene vinyl acetate material have good thermal insulation properties and higher elasticity. Furthermore, it will not lose their shape under the influence of low temperatures. This mat has a number of disadvantages, namely:
- Weight: some models weigh more than one kilogram;
- in a large folded form;
- as a result of exposure to high temperatures (eg, exposure to sunlight too long) may change shape.
Which tour carpet is better
The most popular tourist attractions are self-inflating tourist carpets made from polyurethane. It has low dimensions of weight and compact while maintaining high thermal insulation properties. As it expands automatically, it is easy and very easy to use it in nature. The main disadvantage of this carpet is the fragile valve that can leak from time to time.
Bring along a fully folded tour mat is a perfect choice. This kind of mat has an elastic and wear-resistant coating, requires less space and has good heat insulation.
When choosing a polyurethane carpet, you should pay attention to the following parameters:
- The amount of material used (in some models you can directly see two layers of iso material), and;
- color: Some manufacturers produce special mats for children.
The tourist rug is an indispensable attribute to climbing. Therefore, you must be very careful in choosing.