Cloud Base sleeping mat
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Lightweight, thick, comfortable and easy to inflate and deflate. Cloud Base is designed to make lightweight camping comfortable night after night after night after night leaving you refreshed and ready to get after the day.
Cloud Base is criss-crossed with diamond shaped chambers that act as little pillows of air. As the mat has no foam inside it rolls down small making it especially suited for activities where space is in short supply such as back packing and bikepacking.
Comfort comes in big supply courtesy of its generous 5 cm thickness. Inflation is via a wide one-way valve which makes inflation and deflation quicker, and means you can take a breath without the whole mat going down.
The whole mat rolls away into its own stuff bag which also includes a repair kit for emergency field repairs.
- Easy inflate/deflate with one-way valve
- Thick yet light for comfort
- Stuff sack and repair kit supplied
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Fabric: 20D nylon with TPU laminate
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 189 x 56 x 5 cm
Packed size: ⌀ 8 x 28 cm
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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I used the Cloud base while hiking the Laugavagur trail in Iceland.
As other people have said it is very comfortable and light weight.
I did think at one point that I had a puncture as it deflated slightly during the night. I came to the conclusion that when I blew the mattress up it was quite warm and during the night the air cooled therefore slightly deflating the mattress.
Overall I am very pleased with the Cloud base
A great piece of kit. Alpkit aren’t wrong when they say it soaks up all uneven ground. I’m yet to have an uncomfortable night on it. Highly recommended!
Great lightweight little mat
I've used this in Kazakhstan, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Wales on multiple bike-packing and camping trips. It's never let me down! Inflates super fast, stays inflated all night, very comfortable to sleep on and I find it isolates well-enough for a mat without any kind of foam inside. It also packs up very, very small - which is why I bought it.
It's not the most robust of materials, but remember this is a lightweight mat - although I've not had any problems with leakages, I am careful about what's under my tent or what's under my groundsheet.
My other half and I each have one of these and haven't been disappointed. I was a little sceptical at first but now having used it twice, I'm very impressed. I've used it in a tent and it also rather conveniently fits perfectly inside my Hunka! Really good item and wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others.
All in all, another great buy from Alpkit.
Booked a camping trip despite a bad back - & so panic bought this in the hopes they’d help... & couldn’t be happier with it! Super easy to inflate, lightweight, small, keeps the air once inflated - & most importantly a really good cushion layer to protect my back - top notch! Add in the excellent customer service & I can safely say I’ll be shopping at Alpkit again
I HAVE NOW USED MY MAT FOR 2 BACKPACKING TRIPS, JUST LOVE IT, SUPER COMFY, VERY QUICK TO INFLATE AND DEFLATE, AND EASY TO GET BACK INTO ITS BAG.
Amazing piece of kit
One of the key things for us on our 6 week cycle tour of NZ (we are over 55 so wanted comfort in our tent to be able to get a good nights rest ready for the next day's cycle). Cannot recommend enough. Great value and light weight. We met so many cyclists with more bags than us and this was a key factor in reducing space needed. Quick to blow up and put away.
Absolute must for a lightweight kit bag. Packs up small. Weighs duck all. Easy to inflate. COMFORTABLE ! I am 11 stone and slept on rocks and all for 15 days of GR20 Corsican trail without problem ( except my snoring !!) Best thing you'll buy this year
Very light and takes up very little space in my bag!
It takes no more than a minute to blow it up and it loses no air during the night. Very simple to deflate!
Compact, well designed, quick
This is the perfect little roll-mat, some great features:
- The valve means you can quickly inflate with your mouth, whilst being able to take a pause between breaths.
- It deflates as you pack it up (no waiting to push the air out).
- It's lightweight and rolls up small, great when space in your backpack is at a premium.
- It's comfy and has a footprint only as big as is needed (I'm 6ft3 and have no issues with length).
Overall, I'm super happy with this piece of kit.
I bought mine a few weeks ago, and have used it four times so far. It is an excellent bit of kit, it comes in a bag, and unusually, it's easy to get back in! Not too hard to blow up, and when it is inflated it is still flexible enough to squish around to get it into your tent or bivi. It is 6cm thick when inflated and I found I was toasty warm even in a thin jungle bag. I didn't notice any heat loss to the floor, or cold coming up. Comfortwise, yeah, it's very nice to sleep on. Like all mats it's alittle noisy, but not like you would wake up from it. Plenty of length for me, I am just under six feet tall, and more than enough width that I didn't roll off. First time I have used anything from Alpkit, but it won't be the last thing I am sure!
Good mat for the price
Good mat, doesn't inflate quite as much as I'd like but used for 3 nights straight with no problems or loss of air.
Also and this is important the hexagonal design means you don't slide off the mat in the night.
Only request would be for an insulated version in the future.
I've used this for mountain marathons and family camping at a festival. It's easily light enough for the former, and plenty comfortable for the latter. Quick to inflate, keeps air and considering how minimal it is, is extremely comfortable. Particularly as my wife nicked the larger, supposedly more luxurious Dozer mat.. A happy camper.
Very impressed so far
I've spent three nights camping on the Cloudbase so far, and had really good sleeps each time. I haven't had an ultralight mat before, previously relying on foam-filled self-inflating ones, so I don't have much of a direct comparison to make, but suffice to say I don't know why I didn't try an air-only thing before. The pocket design looks like it shouldn't be comfy, but it is. And all in less mass than a few Mars bars - I noticed the difference in my pack weight while supervising a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. My only worry, as some others have pointed out - it gathers moisture inside from blowing it up - I guess this is inevitable and it will have a certain lifetime as a result, but for the price it's excellent.
Brilliant! Took to BATUS, Canada for a month of ‘aggressive camping’. Unable to always select the best spot to sleep, and with tracked vehicles prone to tearing up the ground, this roll mat evened out the lumps, bumps and trenches to staggering effect. At 39, my body demands a decent bed if I don’t want to wake up every hour or so aching. This mat delivered every time. I was always nervous of a puncture, so always used a ground sheet, but never got one. At this price too, it paid for itself many times over. Well rested meant better decisions and better performance.
Thank you, Alpkit!
I've just used the cloud base whilst completing the TGO Challenge. Paired with my Pipe Dream 400, I got a comfortable night's sleep every night, whether it was wild camping in woodlands, grassy moors, in the Cairngorms, or at a campsite. The biggest compliment I can give is that I just didn't think about my mat at all. I just slept.
Great sleeping mat
I've just used my Cloud Nine a couple of nights during an unfortunately aborted back-packed attempt of the Coast-to-Coast. The mat works really well and is very comfortable; the 'dimple' design is much more effective than it looks and provides better support than my Thermarest. It fits my Terra Nova Laser 1 perfectly and packs down very well, so that it fits in a side pocket of my rucksack with the tent poles, etc. It will need a bit of after-care to prevent mould and needs a little care in use, given the material its made from, but it seems very strong and should last. 10/10!
I used the Cloud Base in the 2018 Normandicat 900km race. With it being in France I had to get an overnight ferry there and back. My intention was to use this mat for all the travelling, then go super light on the race itself.
In the end, it packed down so small and was so light, I kept it with me throughout the 2 day event. Admittedly when you're sleeping on 4 hours you'd sleep on anything, but I certainly think it made a difference, allowing me to sleep comfortably in the village hall post race for about a day, saving on a hotel.
I see no benefit in downgrading to anything else. This performance at this price is bordering on unbeatable
just received thru post today so only tried out on floor at home but I can tell that the mat is very comfy & so small when back in its stuff sack, will write another review once ive had a couple of nights out in the cumbian mountains.
Amazing comfort and packs down to nothing
The cloud base packs away so small that I hardly even notice it in my pack. I also find it more comfortable and packs down smaller than the Numo. I am a front and side sleeper.
After using it for about 9 months I found it was deflated by the end of the night (first 7 months there was no air loss whatsoever). I think it must have a teeny tiny puncture because the leak is very slow. Luckily the awesome Alpkit crew replaced it when they couldn't fix it themselves. Heros!
I wanted a thicker mat and since my self inflating mat had developed a slow leak I decided to get a Cloud Base. I am so glad that I did. It's a brilliant bit of kit and extremely good value for money. This was my first purchase from Alpkit but I'm sure that it will not be my last. Thanks very much.
The in laws are staying and the camp bed is rubbish, bought this for rough camping but it is equally as good on the floor of the spare bedroom!
One happy chappy!
I'd read reviews but was still sceptical but I can honestly say the Cloudbase sleeping mat is everything I'd hoped. Lightweight, packs small and above all very comfortable. If I could make an improvement it would be a non slip surface material. Thanks Alpkit.
Perfect size for Hunka XL bivvy. I also have a Dirtbag and Airo 120, both are great but this one is the best. Dirtbag is just better in realy low temperature.
I bought this mat to cut down on weight from the ME mat I usually use for early spring & late autumn hikes.
I used it every night for a 2 week summer trip in Scotland staying in tents and bothies and it is the most comfortable low profile mat I have slept on - I had no worries getting a good nights sleep. There were no problems with the mat's construction and it still looks as good as new.
This I now my go to mat for 3 season long distant trekking.
Best mat I've owned
I have used this mat over 20 occasions now, camping, bivying, bothying and mates floors. It has been superb, very light, very comfortable and robust. It has kept it's pressure and it takes 10 blows to inflate. Can not fault it.
Excellent nights sleep
So far so good with this sleeping mat. Used it in numerous conditions (rocky ground, inside a hammock etc.) and slept very comfortably in all circumstances. Easy enough to inflate and very quick to deflate. Highly recommended.
Good night's sleep
If you intend to carry your sleeping mat anywhere, buy one of these, and know you will be comfortable, without having broken your back carrying it there. If weight is not a problem I would probably go bigger, but weight to comfort ratio, this goes in the bag first every trip.
Great Lightweight Mat.
Used the Cloud Base from Dartmoor to the Caucasus Mountains basecamp (3200M) to the barrel huts on Mt Elbrus (3700M).
Performed spectacularly every time. My tent mate commented on how the cloud base wasn't up to the job and wouldn't last the trip.
Come the end of the expedition he commended the CB! Much better than the Numo.
Inflates in seconds and feels brill. Deflates quick and packs away in its own bag woohoo
Ace mat this. Buzzing at the price when I found it, even more satisfied at its quality. Slept on it in a rocky cave for a windy bivvy on the moors. It evened out a bad surface well, even when turning all night to get my face out the gusts as the wind changed.
10/10 would recommend & have recommended
Cloudbase is quality!
When looking for a new sleeping mat to replace my old mountain equipment helium after the valve broke on it, i was looking for three things, these were comfort, lightweight and affordable. The Cloudbase ticked all these boxes.
Comfort - The mats honeycomb construction kept me incredibly comfortable and warm all night meaning i had a great night sleep on two consecutive nights wild camping on uneven ground.
Lightweight - The Cloudbase is extremely lightweight and compact when packed away, in fact, I managed to squeeze it into the stuff sack for my sleeping bag which fits nicely into the bottom compartment of my rucksack, meaning that all of my sleeping equipment was in one place and both of them together weighing about 1.7 kilos; not bad for a bed.
Affordable - At 50 quid the Cloudbase doesn't break the bank unlike other market competitors such as therm-a-rest. However the only slight niggle that i had was that Robens make a very similar mat for about 40 quid, but i favoured alpkit as I'm a huge fan of the business and their customer service is second to none - it comes with a three year warranty and even came with a personalised note signed by the team.
Overall, although I've only used it twice so far, im loving my new bit of kit and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good night sleep and it to be lightweight, something that i imagine any outdoor enthusiast would want. I also am really impressed by Alpkit, like many times before, with their supreme customer service and would recommend them as a business to anyone!
Cloudbase is brillaint
An excellent mat used to replace my helium. It's lite and comfy and long enough. I'm 6ft 5 and 110kg and it stays inflated all night. Another excellent product from alpkit. Thanks
Fantastic nights sleep
I used the cloud base last night on a wooden sleeping platform in a bothy. I got a great nights sleep. Plenty of depth to the mat which meant I didn't feel the solid surface below, I am 90kg. Woke up this morning with the mat just as firm as it when I inflated it. I would recommend this to anyone. Really pleased with the weight and value for money as well.
Great Matt, but what to do about condensation inside?
I’ve really enjoyed using this Matt but would like to ask if anyone could please tell me if they know about a pump sack I could use to inflate the Matt without getting to much internal moisture build up? Thanks and happy camping!
Great piece of kit
Bought this to replace a thermarest. Have used it in various woods on army training areas, was concerned that it would not be robust enough and that it would puncture as the material feels very thin. I needn’t have worried, it is far tougher than it looks.
I always slept badly on the thermarest & feel the cold. I can honestly say I have slept so much better on the Cloudbase and haven’t been cold.
It weighs next to nothing and packs down small which is a bonus when kit space is at a premium.
Top bit of kit & good value.
Light, low coast and effective
After my Thermarest prolite popped on first use I decided to try something different for my 5 night trip along the South Downs Way. The mat worked well, very light and packs away really small and is comfortable to sleep on. It is quicker than a Thermarest to deploy as it just needs puffing up, no waiting for foam to expand. Very pleased wit the purchase. One improvement would be to adapt the stuff sack as inflator as another company has done. This would stop the moisture build up inside from inflating by mouth.
I've used the Cloudbase for many nights since buying it a month ago. It's easy to inflate and though folding it away can be a bit tricky at first, it soon becomes easy to do.
The Cloudbase manages to remain comfortable while being extremely portable and the small pack size makes a huge difference. I find I can pack it into my sleeping bag compression sack in order to save space.
My only gripe with it is that it's very slippy when your sleeping bag is on it. The obvious trick here is to not pitch in a slope but I think he product could benefit from some small grip dots on each of the raised surfaces.
I've used some dots of superglue on mine and it's been a lot better since.
Attractive price. Punctured the first night I used it when bivouacking in a forest but not a big deal as I found the leak and used the repair kit. Good mat nevertheless.
Cloud Base Sleeping mat
Mine just arrived in the post, packaged with a nice little handwritten personal not which is always nice (don't get that from Amazon)
So before this I had a Thermarest NeoAir xlite, I hated it as I couldn't get comfortable and the noise drove me mad. Packing away was always a faff too.
So far the Cloud Base is exactly what I want as ultralight backpaker here in the UK, I will pair it with a torso length piece of CF for thermal and protection qualities.
I will only be giving this a 4 star as I have only inflated it the once in the house and already the inside is soaking wet from my breath, time will tell if this then becomes mouldy.
I am 6ft, 90kg and a side sleeper.
Good for the price
Good mat for the price.
Mine weighs 399 grams by itself and 414 grams with the bag and patch kit.
Rolled up it's 26cm's long with a 25cm circumference which gives a very good packed volume of 1.3 litres.
I got this to replace an UL Exped mat which has served me very well over the years but has a few drawbacks.
1) I'm 183cm and a 183cm mat is slightly too short.
2) Is slightly too narrow at 50cm's wide.
3) I'm not a fan of the vertical baffles.
The Cloud base covers all these issues being slightly longer/wider and having that honeycomb construction.
I weigh 85kg's and have found that any mat less than 6cm's thick means that as a side sleeper either my hips or shoulders touch the ground. After 2 nights out I'm happy to say that the Cloud base keeps me just off the ground and is extremely comfortable.
The trick is to NOT over inflate.
My only gripe would be that the valve is a bit of a faff. The bit of rubber/plastic that stops the air coming out when you blow it up, does have a tendency to dislodge itself which results in a deflated mat but this is only when you are blowing it up.
NO air was lost during the night.
I'll also be interested to see how durable the material is over time.
All in all very happy with my purchase .
Deflated by half
I have to admit... The bed was comfy but unfortunately went down first night a little bit but second night by half. A little disappointed. Could have been faulty?
Light, comfy, but not durable.
This is amazingly light compared to all other mats (including open and closed cell types) I've used and it is very comfy indeed. When it worked, it was excellent. Unfortunately after only a few times in use, 5 separate leaks have occurred. I've managed to find and glue these up myself, but it doesn't strike me as a greatly dependable item.
Seems ok but
It's comfy, it infates quickly, it's warm under you, it packs as small as claimed and weighs as claimed. It's very slippy and easy to slide off when in a sleeping bag. The valve to my mind is at the wrong end (if i need to top it up at night i need the valve at the head end not my feet when the mat is inside the bivvy bag). It would be be better if it had a grippy material at least on the top, although I guess thats heavier. Comes with a puncture kit which is good because I can see it puncturing easily on anything except flat grass without a protective under matt of sime kind, which kind of defets the point of it's light weight really. Not unhappy, hav eonly used it 4 times, but do wonder how durable it will be on a long tour.
Prefer the Numo
I bought the Cloudbase after being slightly too long for the Numo and while this mat is longer and wider I prefer everything else about the Numo: It is thicker and more comfortable, the material seems more robust and the side valve is easier to adjust when lying on the mat and crucially stays open when deflating. In short if you fit on it, I recommend the Numo over this mat.
Good and Bad
The mat is great in that it’s compact, lightweight and easily inflatable, all positive things.
The mat is so slidy though I’ve struggled to have a decent sleep on it, really could do with a better material. It’s pretty narrow too but maybe I should have looked at that before I bought it, I’m pretty slim though!
I wouldn’t buy it again because it’s so slippery however.
Great comfy Matt but shame there is no inflation bag to keep condensation at bay
Comfort but no insulation
Very lightweight and packable and very comfortable for the positive points.
No insulation at all is the bad point. We have slept several nights around 10 degrees in the Canadian Rockies with pipedream 400 for sleeping bag. We both felt ( man and woman) the cold from the sole.
Bought it to travel by bike, used it during 30 to 40 nights.
I left it in storage (dry place) during a few month, when I took it back I promote it to my partner how great it was, but during the night it deflates and I woke up on hard ground.
I'm used to fix bikes as a mechanical and I'm also used to fix bike tubes, so I tried to find where was the problem. Leaks are very little, deflation takes hours, impossible to localise where it come from. Even by putting it into water.
When you inflate it, by breathing, you put moisture inside it and there's no possibility to remove it.
Day after day, more moisture comes inside it, therfore I guess the products age quickly.
Unfortunately the warranty period has expired.
I won't bought a similar product again, it's a waste of money, my old thermarest had last much longer.