Karrimor X-Lite FL (2013)

Identical in shape and length to the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Lite, that is where the similarities end. This is a solid effort from Karrimor, chief proponent of the closed-cell foam ‘Karrimat’ back in the 1970s. The company has gone through various twitches since – including a visit to bargain basement hell – but the quality of the kit available these days is hitting notes hinting at vintage quality. The thermally efficient vertically punched foam self-inflates, with a very durable face fabric and narrow profile suggesting less comfort than others here. It is, however, pretty good for this thin (25mm) style of mat. The stuffsack is baggy on the mat when it is rolled – a closer fit would allow a tighter pack size, which can be had by improvising a strap. The valve has a pop-out top-up facility – unannounced by Karrimor, and much like the Multimat – which allows, with considerable puff, air to be pushed in once the main valve is closed. Others are more supportive than the Karrimor X-Lite FL, there’s no repair kit, it’s a bit slippy, and it’s not the warmest (rated to -7 deg C) but it’s still decent.

Dimensions (LxWxD) 183x51x2.5cm
Warmth range 3-4 season, 3.9 Tog, -7 deg C
Alternative sizes none
Weight (with stuffsack) 489g (503g)
Repair kit / pump? no / no
Insulation vertically punched self-inflating foam
Website www.karrimor.com

 

Verdict

For the budget-conscious backpacker the Karrimor X-Lite FL is a good option, despite having an RRP of £70.

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine April 2013