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Thread: Folding a mat in half - possible?

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    Widdler
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    I hope someone can help.

    Is it possible to use a self inflating mat folded to reduce its length? It is for my kids and I could either get a 3/4 one or if possible use a full length one folded - which then could be used as they grow.

    Any thoughts welcome.

    I was looking at a Airic but they seam to be sold out at the moment, a Vango or Gelert. Which one is best or are they all the same?

    Cheers

    Darryl

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    Ultra King Mikel el Bastardo's Avatar
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    I don't see why not. I've used one as a back panel in a rucksack folded and inflated and it hasn't done any damage to it.
    Why fold it anyway? What does it matter if it's too long?

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    Aye, you fold Thermarest mats to use them with the Chair Kit anyway, so it must be ok.

    I guess if you left them folded for months the foam might compress but not used overnight like that.

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    If you can get to a Decathlon store their own brand ones are very good.

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    Should work, I'd be tempted to use something like the couple kit so it doesn't try to unfold itself in the night.

    Wouldn't this be an ideal opportunity to purchase something cool instead?

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    Widdler
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    Thanks for the advice so far. The reason I want to fold it up is so they can sleep width ways - packing them in tight!!

    Cheers

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    I've used one as a back panel in a rucksack folded

    I do the same with an Alpkit Wee Airic and it doesn't seem to have done it any harm.

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    Widdler
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    I guess that an OK for folding then. that's a good idea to use something like the couple kit so it doesn't try to unfold itself John - cheers for that.

    I was hoping to get 2 Alpkits but as they are sold out it looks like I'll buy 2 Vangos - please let me know if I am doing the wrong thing here!!

    Darryl

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