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CAMPING GEAR | Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mattress – Review

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A great quality and great value camping mattress that we thoroughly recommend.

What is it?

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single SIM RRP: £60

Stockists

Features

  • Weight 2.665kg
  • Height 7.5cm
  • Length 200cm
  • Width 60cm
  • Brushed fabric on top surface is comfortable and warm to touch
  • The robust polyester base fabric won’t slip on your inner tent’s floor.
  • 7.5cm insulating foam – Excellent comfort and warmth
  • Carry bag constructed from soft, comfortable brushed fabric, allowing use as pillow
  • Easy operation valve – Quick inflation and deflation, securely locking when not in use
  • Repair kit included
  • Materials used within the sleep mat meet and exceed the European REACH standard, ensuring safe use and peace of mind
  • Carry bag and securing straps included
  • Cyclone Valve – Allowing fast and easy inflation and deflation

The verdict

I already have the Vango Comfort 10 SIM and have been happily using it for the last couple of years on solo camping trips which have needed me to pack light (well, as light as it ever gets for me!), but after several camping trips together with my fiance, we were in need of a second SIM, so when Vango offered us the opportunity to try out their Comfort 7.5 SIM we jumped at the chance.

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mat SIM Review

We’re just back from a 5 day camping trip and I spent one night on my existing Comfort 10 and the remaining nights using the new Comfort 7.5 which has allowed me to get a very accurate feel for their comparative performance.

With my old, ever troublesome back injury to take into account, comfort at night when camping is a big priority for me so I’d always assumed that going for the thickest possible SIM made more sense, and was keen to see how the shallower depth of the 7.5 SIM would perform.

For short camping trips I am happy to use a SIM on the ground, but for longer joint camping trips we normally opt for our double camp bed with either a double SIM or two single SIMs on top, which is how we used the SIM during our recent test.

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mat SIM Review
Vango Comfort 10 SIM on the left and the Comfort 7.5 SIM on the right

Looks and styling

The SIM is green in colour and has a lovely soft-touch fabric covering it. Whilst the insulation provided is good, at the same time it doesn’t make you feel hot and sweaty which can often be the case when using inflatable air mattresses, particularly in the height of summer.

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mat SIM Review

SIM inflation & performance

When I opened the valve the SIM inflated very effectively and in very little time, it also stayed well inflated for 5 days, with no need to top it up.

This is a huge bonus as it saves on faff and means you don’t wake up in the morning feeling uncomfortable on a partially deflated bed, something that makes the performance of SIMs so much better than inflatable air mattresses.

Rolling it away was also very fast and easy and the carry bag that it comes in is lovely quality and provides ample space, so getting it packed away was simple too.

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mat SIM Review
Our SIMS side by side after 5 nights of use

Final say

Our Rating
Quality 5/5
Practicality 4.5/5
Styling 4/5
Value 5/5

Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

This SIM is very high quality, comfortable and rolls up to a surprisingly compact size. Whilst it’s in no way small and light enough to use as a backpacking SIM, it takes up far less space than the Comfort 10 so if you are short on space the 7.5 makes a great choice.

If you like to spread out, then you might want to opt for the slightly more generously sized Comfort 7.5 Grande which is the same length at 200cm long but provides 16cm extra width.

During use I could feel no discernible difference in comfort when compared to the slightly pricier 10cm SIM, which is the thing that perhaps surprised me the most. Given that you can pick one up for just £44.99 (prices correct at time of publishing), it provides excellent value for money too and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending the Vango Comfort 7.5 SIM.

Vango Comfort 7.5 Single Self Inflating Mat SIM Review

Thank you to Vango who sent us the featured product to test. We were not paid to write this review.

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