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A waterproof picnic rug that won’t break your back

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SKU: PacMat
Brand: Rubbastuff

We test out the PACMAT – a family picnic rug that claims to be waterproof, lightweight, and easy to fit in your bag.

Days out with the kids can be a daunting task when you consider all the gear you have to bring with you. It can feel like you’re taking everything with you, but the kitchen sink!

Sometimes, squeezing everything into a bag can be a nightmare! (a pHD in bag packing is needed!! )

Sometimes, squeezing everything into a bag can be a nightmare!

On many days out, we sometimes look like pack horses.

Days out for us usually involve a picnic of some sort ( we like to picnic all year round! )

When the weather is pleasant, it is good to throw something on the ground to sit on and enjoy a view.

We have a couple of traditional type picnic rugs, one we keep in the car and one for the house. These picnic rugs can be a little bulky and cumbersome to carry, so when Rubbastuff asked us to have a look at their lightweight, compact mat we jumped at the chance.

What is a PACMAT?

The guys at Rubbastuff kindly sent us over a family-sized PACMAT with a snakes and ladder print. There is a good choice of sizes and vibrant prints to choose from.

Pacmat by the River

Testing the PacMat on a picnic by the river.

A few technical details

  • The surface of the mat is micro fibre polyester so that it dries fast but is light to carry.
  • The underside is super light PU coated ripstop nylon, which helps you keep your backside dry even if the grass is wet.

Testing out the PACMAT Picnic Rug

We’ve been taking our PACMAT out on our adventures walks, camping, days out. We’ve been very impressed with it, proving to be a useful bit of kit for outdoor activities.

The family-sized mat is a generous size, measuring approximately 140cm X 140cm, which is enough room for four of us to sit on plus enough space for bags.

At just 485g this has to be one of the lightest picnic mats I have tried. You don’t really know you’re carrying it!

The Pacmat in its stuff sack

The Pacmat in its stuff sack

This mat comes with a stuff sack, which I found to be very useful for keeping the mat in my rucksack. Unlike some products that use a stuff sack, I found it easy and quick to get the PACMAT in it.

If you’ve not got the room in your bag, then use a carabiner clip to clip it to the outside of your bag.

Pacmat on Carabiner

The PacMat on Carabiner makes it easy to carry with your bag.

The compact size makes it ideal for lots of different occasions, days out, festivals, beach, etc.

I couldn’t write this post and not mention the beautiful designs. They are bold, contemporary and add a bit of fun to the mat.

The Verdict

I love our PACMAT. We won’t be leaving this behind when we go on our adventures. Although it is a little pricey, the quality, design and compact size wins me over!

Using the Pacmat

Using the Pacmat


Thanks and Disclaimers: Thanks to Rubbastuff for sending us a PACMAT to review. All photos and opinions are our own.

9Expert Score
We test out the PACMAT - a family picnic rug that claims to be waterproof, lightweight, and easy to fit in your bag.
Value for Money
7
Quality
10
Family Friendly
10
PROS
  • Light, compact, and beautiful design.
CONS
  • A little pricey.

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Mum to three kids and loves getting out and about with them. Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy getting out and about with their kids. You can often find Shell on Twitter @GetOutKids.

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