Sore Side Sleeper

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Boopop, 7 Feb 2018.

  1. Boopop

    Boopop Über Member

    Hello Tourers,

    Last summer I went on an almost week long touring holiday through Wales. Here's the route I took for anyone interested:


    The weather wasn't terrible and I quite enjoyed it overall. One of the things that did disappoint me however was the poor sleep I was getting. I bought a Klymit Static V2 sleeping mat after seeing it get some good reviews. I sleep on my sides but I'd find myself constantly rolling as the nights wore on and by the time I'd wake up both my hips would be quite sore.

    I'm assuming I need to buy something else, perhaps something thicker. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm considering going further in to Wales this year and would to be able to look forward to going to bed rather than dreading it! Thanks :smile:

    P.S - Here's one of the photos from last year's trip for good measure, taken on August 8th on the B4519 just outside Llanganmmarch Wells

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  2. iluvmybike

    iluvmybike Well-Known Member

    Exped do a great down filled mat which I can recommend
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  3. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Whatever you get, test it before you go.
  4. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    Get a hammock with a tarp fly. You’ll sleep like a baby once you master pitching and routing to end up near quiet woodland out of the way.
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  5. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    I find to get the most comfort you need to blow them up so they are hard as this stops your pressure points from resting on the ground.
    But if you do blow them up hard then there is a risk is that they'll start to delaminate sooner rather than later.
  6. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Thermarest Neo Trekker if you kip on the ground. Hammock as @woodenspoons says. Trees and campsites are a problem, but spoilt for choice wild camping.

    Unlike @Tigerbiten I find I get a bad night’s sleep with too much air in my mats.

    Warsmshowers is another idea.
  7. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    I have one like this in my hammock, which means I can also pitch on the ground like a tent. Whatever you do, please don’t follow my advice: don’t want all my hang-outs already taken.
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  8. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I have a cloud base, the pros are that it is tiny when packed and very comfortable, however, it has no insulating properties at all - you can get cold on even a warm night.
  9. climo

    climo Senior Member

    Exped mat
    Better than many beds
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