If you’re on the lookout for a good quality SIM that provides great levels of comfort and insulation, but you’re not too worried about pack size or weight, read on for our review of the Jack Wolfskin Wolfmat Camp…
What is it?
Jack Wolfskin Wolfmat RRP: £114.19
Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)
- Lightweight self-inflating mat
- Easy self-inflation via 2 valves
- 64cm wide, 194cm long, 7cm thick
- Pack bag and repair kit included
- Pack size 68 x 15 cm
- Weight 1690g
The Jack Wolfskin Wolfmat is shown on the far left
What we thought
We ditched air mattresses years ago in favour of Self Inflating Mats (SIMs) and haven’t looked back since. Although often regarded the domain of the backpacker, SIMs have come a long way in the last few years and now incorporate greater depths and components like memory foam for improved insulation and comfort.
SIMs are ideal for use in smaller tents, or when you need to keep what you’re packing down in terms of weight and size, but SIMs are also brilliant for popping on top of camp beds to provide a comfortable mattress that will make a standard camp bed much more comfortable, especially for multi-night camping trips.
The Jack Wolfskin Wolfmat Camp features two identical valves which you simply twist and pull to open. Air is then sucked in and the mat inflates itself. I like my mattress to provide as much padding as possible, so I always inflate as much as I can and the design of the valves makes inflation by mouth easy.
To top it up a bit, I closed off one of the valves and blew a few times into the other before twisting and pushing down to close the valve, popping it inside my tent and making my bed for the night.
My Jack Wolfskin sleeping bag on top of the Wolfmat Camp SIM
- Really good quality
- Stays firmly inflated with no loss of air
- I like the idiot-proof valves which make opening and closing them very clear and simple
- The double valves result in faster self-inflation
- Good levels of insulation
- Generous width
- I slept on my side and didn’t get sore hips like I do with my usual SIM
- Packs down relatively small compared to our usual Vango single SIMs
- Good size carry bag, easy to pack back into after use
- It’s not the cheapest 7cm SIM by a long stretch
Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)
Due to the 7cm depth (I usually stick to a 10cm SIM or more because of my dodgy joints) I wasn’t convinced the mat would provide me with enough padding, but every time I’ve used it, I’ve been proved wrong.
On one recent camping trip, I spent the first night on the Wolfmat and on the second night, I swapped back and used my usual SIM so I’d be able to do a direct comfort comparison.
The Wolfmat is more comfortable than my usual 10cm SIM. This surprised me a lot and wasn’t what I was expecting, so, despite the relatively high price tag in comparison to my usual SIM, it does perform better in terms of comfort.
That’s not what I really expected, but it has shown me that it’s not just about depth when it comes to finding the comfiest sleeping mat, though of course, that does help.
If you’re looking to invest in a good quality SIM that provides very good levels of comfort and insulation, but you’re not too worried about pack size, then the Jack Wolfskin Wolfmat Camp is well worth considering.
DISCLOSURE | Thank you to Jack Wolfskin who supplied the featured product to us to test. We were not paid to write this review.
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Shell loves all things travel and outdoors and is a nature-loving, comfy-camping kinda girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident which left her with a broken back. Despite this she used the outdoors and healing power of nature to aid her recovery and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.
From open water swimming, snowboarding and kayaking to hill walks and meditation, Shell shares her travels and microadventures here on the blog and in various publications she’s written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing and the many benefits of nature therapy.
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