review by Tony Lourens
Keeping in the light and small mould, Vango’s new Aotrom (which means light in Scottish Gaelic) is also something to consider if you are looking to shave some grams off your overnight pack, and also reduce bulkiness.
The Aotrom is one of the lightest and most technically advanced sleeping mats to come out of the Vango stable.
Manufactured from 20 denier ripstop nylon, top and bottom, the mat is extremely lightweight and durable and the air-filled welded channels make for a really comfortable sleep, as the air pockets mould to the contours of the ground and your body. And for such a lightweight mat, the size and thickness is quite impressive!
It comes with a Flush Fit TPU Airlock Valve, which has a secure lock and an airtight membrane which allows air in but stops air escaping, making it easier to inflate, which takes 25 to 30 average breaths. To deflate, simply pop the sealed membrane with your finger.
Folding up to the size of a can of ice cold Windhoek Draught, the Aotrom slips easily into its little bag and will take very little space in your pack, but with an R-Value (thermal resistance) of 1, this mat is suitable for summer use and possibly the warmer sides of spring and autumn. Also comes with a little puncture kit.
For those who are looking for something for colder climates, Vango will soon be bringing out the insulated version, called the Aotrom Thermo, But if you are chasing the minimalist lightweight options for the outdoors, the Aotrom will be a serious contender for you.
20D 380T nylon ripstop fabric
Air-filled welded channels
Flush fit TPU airlock valve
Weight: 410 g
Pack size: 15 mm x 8 mm
Length: 185 cm
Width: 55 cm
Thickness: 5 cm