I have had further problems with my mat during my recent trip on the Pennine Way. I previously posted that the mat sprung a leak on the third night of use, which I subsequently repaired. The second night of this trip, the mat deflated again and despite spending considerable time looking for the leak I could not locate it. I therefore had to spend the 2nd and 3rd night sleeping on a completely deflated mat and my waterproofs, which was neither comfortable or warm!
On returning yesterday I located again a tiny leak by putting the mat into a bath of water and found to my surprise that the leak was in exactly the same location (between outer and first baffle right near where the mat starts to taper), but this time it was on the right side not left and on the underside to the first leak. I have repaired the leak with seam seal again. However, I thought this was too much of a coincidence so I phoned the retailer and ask them about the mat. They told me that they have had a number of mats returned including some TGOers because of leaks and if I recall correctly that the UK importer has now stopped importing the regular size mat.
Now this maybe just a batch problem, because I know that some bloggers who purchased this mat a few months ago have not had problems (or have they?). I don’t have a problem with faulty batches – it happens and as long as the company sorts it out – no problem. I now have a bit of a dilemma. Do I risk further potential problems in the future? And if so I probably will not now get a replacement (OK I will get my money back) OR do I ask for my money back and go for another type of mat? I am disappointed, the mat is very comfortable, when I used it for the few nights it was inflated, it packs small, and weighs very little. I thought I had found the ideal mat.
I have some thinking to do – does anyone have some suggestions for mats in the similar weight range? I am thinking about the Exped Synmat 7 UL, it is heavier, but hopefully more reliable.