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, a special tour carpet is stitched. At the same time, not only large mats for storage of sleeping bags but also compact seat mats are offered. Tourist carpets are made of different materials, including polyethylene foam, polyurethane foam, microfiber, and ethylene vinyl acetate.
The inflatable tour mat was filled with air. It can be easily inflated either with 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, which usually takes up 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, it may be necessary to pump an inflatable mat 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. Tourist seating like that is used by climbers, kayakers, fishermen on the street.
The rugs made of polyurethane foam is a good choice. Its compact size, easy to carry it in twisted conditions and attaching it to the sides of the backpack makes it popular. 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 designed for warm weather, less durable and easily damaged. Foil-shaped tourist carpet is available at an affordable price. However, usually, this carpet is only for one-time use only.
The contents of the tourist carpet can be made from microfiber. This mat has two valves, for inflation and for deflation. This set usually also serves as a waterproof cover for the travel carpet, which can also be used as a pillow.
Mats made from ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) material not only have good thermal insulation properties but also have increased elasticity without losing 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 of polyurethane. It is characterized by 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.
Also perfect for hiking is a fully folded tour mat, which 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.