Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat
The goal for hiking and backpacking is to have the lightest pack with the most comfort features possible, right? Well, the Sea to Summit Ultralight Mat can help out with this by providing a comfortable sleeping place on the ground that has the lightest possible weight. This award-winning design has excellent support and comfort from the new Air Sprung Cell technology that makes it compact, durable, and lightweight.
Made of 40D face fabric nylon, the material used is weldable and airtight with an application of TPU on the inside. An antimicrobial substance prevents growth and habitation of bacteria and germs. It also has an R-value of 0.7.
Since this model is not insulated, it is best suited for summer when just a light ground mat is needed. The Ultralight Mat is ideal for lightweight backpacking, hiking, and much more. Plus it is perfect to use in hammocks.
The sturdiness of the Air Sprung Cells makes it possible to use on all types of ground surfaces such as desert, forest, and mountain. Inflating is a breeze with the included Airstream Pumpsack, so you do not have to use your own breath for the mat. Let’s get a closer look at the Sea to Summit Ultralight.
Supportive and comfortable
Lightweight, compact, and durable
For backpacking, bike packing, and adventure racers
Best for summer use
Good for surfaces of forest, desert, and mountains
Perfect for hammocks and lounging
Debris underneath is not felt
No color choices
Not meant for very cold weather - not insulated
A bit noisy said a few people
-Made of 40D face fabric nylon
-Fabric is weldable and airtight
-Interior application of white TPU
-R-value of 0.7 for summer use
-Silver treatment inside to kill germs
-Antimicrobial substance on the yarn of the fabric
-Airstream Pumpsack and Air Sprung Cells
-3M kit for repairs and a nylon stuff sack
The Sea to Summit UltraLight is created with 174 air-sprung cells. You will not have to give up comfort for a lightweight mat. This design was inspired by the many springs you find in a modern mattress of pocket springs.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of small interconnected chambers to conform to a person’s body contours and support the weight correctly.
Comfort is not compromised with the smallest and lightest packed volume product that has one layer of these incredible cells. You can be quite cozy in the wild without having to tote around a heavy mat to sleep on any longer.
You will be able to use and enjoy this fantastic mat for many years of exciting outdoor adventures. Surface slipperiness is decreased with the exterior application of a proprietary coating that also enhances water resistance and aids the repair of punctures.This helps with the problem most people have of slipping off a sleeping mat in the middle of the night as they toss and turn.
The Sea to Summit Ultralight is not slippery, so you should remain on it much better with your sleeping bag. We did not notice any comments from buyers concerning the durability of this item. That's likely because it is long-lasting and tough for the outdoor environment.
The antimicrobial treatment and TPU extruded lamination prevent internal growth of bacteria and delamination. A silver treatment is combined with the TPU application that goes on the inside of the mat to give an effect of germ-killing that is permanent. This antimicrobial substance is also applied before weaving to the yarn of the fabric.
Even after cleaning the mat many, many times, you will still benefit from the properties of these germ-fighting applications. They are incorporated into the mat materials when it was manufactured. With proper care, you won't need to worry about the Sea to Summit Ultralight building up bacteria.
The Sea to Summit UltraLight inflates quickly without a pump. It is a smart design in which the air mat stows into on one end and the other end becomes the ready-made pump. The valve of multi-function integrates deflation and inflation along with pressure adjustment to form one design that is low profile.
The Pumpsack inflates with just one breath and needs only a few cycles to fill. It is faster than mouth inflation, and there is less breath condensation going into the mat.
You will avoid being dizzy too from inflating by mouth the entire mat. Almost all comments online from customers have some positive reference to this incredible pump design and how easy it is to use.
Color is not a choice with these mats because the color indicates the type of mat it is. This yellow model is best for summer use when insulation is not needed for ground sleeping.The satisfaction rating online of this product is 3.8, which is not considered very good.
Most of the negative feedback we encountered concerned the thinness of the Sea to Summit UltraLight and the fact that it was not insulated. Some people found that they were not very comfortable on it, particularly those that sleep on their sides. The Ultralight is mostly meant to keep you off the ground with some cushioning in the lightest form possible that is very durable and long-lasting.
You can place it on all kinds of surface areas such as forest, desert, and mountain. It is even ideal for use in a hammock for lounging and enjoying the day or night. Those that are most comfortable with the Sea to Summit Mat are those that sleep on their backs.
Side sleepers may have some discomfort depending on their tolerance for body pressure points and level of cushioning needed. However, the majority of users appreciate the comfort that it gives them without adding much to the carrying weight of their pack.
The Ultralight Mat is most similar to the Ultralight Insulated Mat in use, fabric, number of sprung cells, dimensions, and thickness. It differs in a lower R-value, season rating of just summer compared to the other with 2.5 seasons, packed size which is a bit smaller than the insulated model, and weight that is just three ounces smaller. These are both suitable for ultralight backpacking and bike touring.
The other three models are best for bike touring, camping, and backpacking. The fabric is the same, but the R-values are higher. They are good for 2.5 or 3 seasons and have 2 or 3 times the number of sprung cells than the other two versions.
The dimensions for all mats are the same 6 feet x 21.5 inches (184 x 55 cm). The packed sizes are not much larger than the other two smaller models, and these three products are just a tad bit thicker but substantially more in weight. The best R-values are for the insulated mats, of course. Your points for decisions among these six mat models would be insulated or not, the weight, number of sprung cells, and the seasons you will be using the mat.
Ease of Use
We already mentioned that debris or hard surfaces under the mat would most likely go unnoticed by the user as they sleep. This is due to the Air Sprung Cells and the design of the mat. One person had real pinecones under the mat while he slept, and he could barely feel them. Yes, this seems hard to believe, but several people had similar comments about their use of this item.
It can be a bit noisy, according to some people. As you roll over or move in the night, the mat could make a bit of noise that could wake others, but it is not loud. Some were not comfortable with the movement of the air in the pad after getting on it.
They said the air inside moves to places where there is no weight to make you rest on flat parts of the mat. The best way to combat this is to inflate the mat before you want to use it. To top it off before using it to have it the firmest possible for sleeping.
It just indicates that some people felt the Sea to Summit UltraLight was not the right mat for them for one reason or another. Several of these issues are that there is not a choice in color, not insulated, best for only the summer season, and can be a bit noisy when moving on it during the night.
As you can see, these are not flaws of the product but just individual preferences of the product. The included technology and build of the Air Sprung Cells, and the Airstream Pumpsack make this sleeping mat easy to use, simple to inflate, and comfortable for its thickness and lightweight.
The Ultralight Mat is comforting, lightweight, durable, simple to use, easy to inflate, and long-lasting for many years of use outdoors. When minimal weight and comfort are important factors, the Sea to Summit UltraLight can be an essential piece of gear in your pack.