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    Question Camping mattresses or pad

    Family of 4, two young boys and we started camping at Cefani, our go to spot but will branch out to other areas.

    Need to get a camping mattress for the wife and I, we in a 6 man tent to have the space.
    Choices are below.

    Carmaquip + R150 courier
    MEDIUM
    1.95m x 65cm x 6cm
    3.5kg
    Circle diameter 22cm
    R 1295 each


    LARGE
    2.00m x 70cm x 7cm
    4.3kg
    Circle diameter 25cm
    R 1445 each


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    FC-10 Ultralight Prismatic Inflatable Pad

    R R769 - 899.00
    Tech Specs


    Dimensions 1950 x 590 x 65mm
    Packed Dimensions 300 x 100mm
    Weight 600g
    Material
    TPU nylon
    Features Double layer valve with one-way intake
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    FC-11 Ultralight Prismatic Double Inflatable Pad
    R 1,269 - 1,499.00


    Dimensions 2000 x 1200 x 65mm
    Packed Dimensions 300 x 120mm
    Weight 1380g
    Material
    TPU nylon
    Features Double layer valve with one-way intake
    Inflator dry bag included
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    Tentco Self Inflating Mattress 10cm
    R 950,00
    Size
    203cm x 67cm x 10cm

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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    Go for singles only, double a problem if up against a wall.
    There is no task too simple for some people to complicate !



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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    Hemps how tall are you?

    What you must know about the Carmaquip, however good it is, (I have one) it rolls up BIG. I want to get a First Ascent for the other/not so rough trips, albeit quite a bit more expensive.

    I don't know or do not have any experience with your other choices.
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    I agree, rather get singles.

    We have been using Carmaquip for a few years now and can't fault them.

    If I have to buy again I would definitely consider the Tentco, for the price and the 10cm, plus I know they produce top quality gear.

    The Tentco mattress wasn't available or I wasn't aware of it back when I bought my Carmaquips

    Don't know the other ones.


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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    Also have the Carmaquip and cannot fault it. But next time I will also consider the TENTCO self inflating - if you can get stock.



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    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Hemps how tall are you?

    What you must know about the Carmaquip, however good it is, (I have one) it rolls up BIG. I want to get a First Ascent for the other/not so rough trips, albeit quite a bit more expensive.

    I don't know or do not have any experience with your other choices.
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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    My wife has decided that we are not camping folk, but I do recall waking up several times in the night and having to pump up a deflated air mattress.

    While Hiking those thermorest self inflating mattresses are better than a fork in the eye - just!

    If you have the space and the means, I would seriously consider those camp beds more like this
    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...teel-stretcher

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephenplumb View Post
    My wife has decided that we are not camping folk, but I do recall waking up several times in the night and having to pump up a deflated air mattress.

    While Hiking those thermorest self inflating mattresses are better than a fork in the eye - just!

    If you have the space and the means, I would seriously consider those camp beds more like this
    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...teel-stretcher
    In combo with the self-inflating, yes.



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    Tentco does seem interesting , especially 10cm ones.

    https://www.takealot.com/tentco-self...e/PLID72291999

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    We use the First Ascent Dream Deluxe self-inflating matresses. Roll up pretty compactly, and they have seen constant use for several years now with no problems. Don't have experience with Carmaquip, but they are said to be very good. The First Ascent are singles but with velcro strips if you want to join them as a double. Super comfy.
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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    I bought the 10cm Tenco self inflating mattresses recently and I am very happy with them. Rather buy directly from Tenco or from Camp and Climb as they are cheaper than Takealot.

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    I bought two Carmaquip self infkate mattress, never looked back. Daughter at varsity has taken one for her granny flat. When we camped I just lay them flatish in the back of bakkie when traveling. Don't go for blow up mattress as they will end up leaking at the worst time when mommy is in a bad mood, secondly the air temp out side tent is proportional to matress temp. So a cold night means mattress will be cold.
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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    I like single mattresses but the extras width ones so that you can use a 140 cm double fitted sheet - keeps them together very well without them shifting apart.

    I have Carmequip because that's what was available, and am very satisfied. Even after two weeks camping on the ground it still feels like a proper mattress.

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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    Quote Originally Posted by Hemps View Post
    Tentco does seem interesting , especially 10cm ones.

    https://www.takealot.com/tentco-self...e/PLID72291999
    There was a thread recently on self inflating matresses and the most votes went to the Tentco 10cm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    There was a thread recently on self inflating matresses and the most votes went to the Tentco 10cm.
    Correct. As per old thread we went From Carmaquip 7cm to Tentco 10cm. If you are a big bloke (Craig?) as I am too, the thicker 10cm mattress is a plus as well. The wife is half my weight and also prefers Tentco 10cm.
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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    I bought the Tentco self inflating mattresses and we are very happy with them.
    I can't compare, since I don't know the other ones you listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyJimny View Post
    I bought the 10cm Tenco self inflating mattresses recently and I am very happy with them. Rather buy directly from Tenco or from Camp and Climb as they are cheaper than Takealot.
    I reckon I'll bite and get 1 Tentco 10cm from Camp and Climb for R950, free shipping.

    Not sure what shipping costs are for Tenco direct, no mention on their site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    Correct. As per old thread we went From Carmaquip 7cm to Tentco 10cm. If you are a big bloke (Craig?) as I am too, the thicker 10cm mattress is a plus as well. The wife is half my weight and also prefers Tentco 10cm.
    Morning Peter.
    How does the rolled dimensions compare between the Carma-quip 7 and Tentco 10.
    I have Carma-quip 7's but am always looking at saving space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Morning Peter.
    How does the rolled dimensions compare between the Carma-quip 7 and Tentco 10.
    I have Carma-quip 7's but am always looking at saving space.
    I measured the Tentco 10 mattresses that I have and the current rolled up diameter is 23cm. I believe that this is slightly smaller that the Carma quip.

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    Default Re: Camping mattresses or pad

    Had the tentco 5cm mattress for 3 years now & they are great. Like most tentco products they are well constructed & haven't shown any signs of wear.

    We went for the 5cm version as it was a bit firmer than the 10cm

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