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Vango Shangri-La 15 Grande Self-Inflating Mat (that works!)

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SKU: Shangri-La 15 Grande
Brand: Vango

The Vango Shangri-La 15 Grande is a very comfortable sleeping mat to take camping. It will feel much more like a bed at home.

Large Self Inflating Mats, or SIMs, are gradually replacing the air bed as the camper’s choice if you don’t have room for a camp bed.

Getting them to be self-inflating, and being easy to put away. Vango has tried to address this with their new self-inflating mat, the Vango Shangri-La 15 Grande.

The Shangri-La Grande SIM

The Shangri-La Grande lives up to its name: this is a big mat, 76 cm wide and 200 cm long.

 

the Shangri-La Grande feels much more like a mattress you’d find on a regular bed

And at 15 cm thick, the Shangri-La Grande feels much more like a mattress you’d find on a regular bed.

That extra thickness makes this one of the most comfortable SIMs we’ve tried.

Inflating and Deflating the Mat

This mat does self-inflate

This mat does self-inflate.

Despite this type of sleeping mat being called a self-inflating mat, many of the bigger mats have difficulty inflating themselves.

However, the Shangri-la Grande did do exactly that.

It’s not instant. You’ll need to leave it some minutes. But it does get there.

You might need to blow in some air though if you want a firmer mattress. But we found, with all the extra foam in this mat, that it was just fine after it was given enough time to inflate.

Inflatating and Deflating the Vango Shangri-La Grande SIM

Inflatating and Deflating the Vango Shangri-La Grande SIM

Vango’s new valve design really helped with deflation, and I was able to get the air out without the mat wanting to re-inflate.

Now, this is a big camping mat to roll up. Vango provides a couple of compression straps to keep the bag together after you have rolled it up.

Verdict

This is a very comfy mat to sleep on. It inflates itself and deflation is a lot easier with the special valve design.

The only downside is that the Shangri-la Grande is still a large mat when deflated, so check you have the space to transport these to the campsite.

On the whole, though, it gets the thumbs up from us.


Many thanks to Vango for supplying us with a sample of the Vango Shangri-la Grande to test and review. We were not paid to write this review. All opinions are our own.

9.5Expert Score
A fantastic mat to sleep on. Easy to inflate and deflate.
Value for Money
8.5
Quality
10
Comfort
10
PROS
  • This is one of the most comfortable self-inflating mats we've tried. And yes, it does self-inflate too.
CONS
  • It's still a large mat when rolled up, so check you have the space to transport. Kitting your family out with these will be expensive.

Specification: Vango Shangri-La 15 Grande Self-Inflating Mat (that works!)

Weight 5.24 kg
Dimensions 200 × 76 × 15 cm
R-Value

Not Specified

Number of Valves

1

Re-Inflation Prevention

Yes

Depth

15 cm

Pack Size

80 cm x 36 cm

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  1. Quentin Brown

    Hi Gav,
    I’m looking at proper comfy sleeping options for the family camp next year and am leaning towards SIMs.
    The Kampa Kip High Rise 10, Outwell Dreamboat 12 & Vango Shangri-La 15 have made it to my shortlist (and what an expensive list that is!)
    I tried the Dreamboat 12 and High Rise 10 on a display in a shop the other day and was very impressed with both, the 2 cm extra on the Dreamboat winning out as I could just sense the hard ground under my hip when lying on my side with the High Rise 10. Unfortunately the shop didn’t stock or have display of the Shangri-La 15 to compare.

    One thing I noticed is how much more give both the Dreamboat & High Rise had without air pocket pushback when compared to models like the Dreamcatcher and other SIMs where you get the feeling of trapped air pushing back up in other areas when you push down your weight somewhere else. Did the Shangri-La have a similar feel or was there air pushback?

    Also, since we live in a small flat it just won’t be possible for us to store the mats out flat and inflated. We will likely only manage 2-3 season camping – mostly during the school Summer Holidays and maybe the odd weekend, and I’m wondering if the will likely cause a real problem or not with these SIMs?

    If so we might just go for the much cheaper option of quick to erect and take down camp beds that can be stored folded instead even though the space gets a little tighter up off the ground.

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      Gav Grayston

      Hi Quentin,
      The extra few centimetres on the Shangri-La 15 makes it very comfortable. Yes, there is some air pushback, but if you inflate all of them a little more (by blowing into them), then that’s not as much of an issue. However, with the volume in the Shangri-La 15, it’s the only large SIM I’ve not had to blow extra air into.
      As for keeping them flat, that’s what the manufacturers recommend. But, as like many people, we can’t do that either!
      So far, we’ve had to keep them rolled up and not seen any issues. However, I don’t know how that will impact the self-inflating nature of the Shangri-La over time. Even when rolled up, they still take up a lot of space.
      Cheers,
      Gav

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  2. Alistair

    The links you’ve put on are for the Shangri La 10 (fyi)

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  3. Alistair

    I saw a video of you reviewing the 12 cm Dreamboat. Are you able to compare them now?

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      Gav Grayston

      Hi Alistair,
      Yes, I bought the 7cm Dreamboat. Compared to the Dreamboat, the Shangri-La 15 is slightly more comfortable, which is not surprising, since it is double the thickness. I’ve not tried the thickest Outwell Dreamboat to compare, unfortunately.
      We’ve also been really impressed that it is self-inflating to a good thickness.
      However, what I have noticed, is that the Shangri-La is about the same size, or maybe even bigger, than the double Dreamboat when rolled up. This means we won’t always be able to take the Shangri-La camping if we are short on space.
      Hope that helps.
      Cheers,
      Gav

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      Kangaruu

      We tried the Dreamboat 7.5 Shangri La Exped Megamat 10

      We chose the Exped . We bought them in for two weeks and really went into things .

      all the best ruu

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  4. Kangaruu

    The question is ! Which is comfier?! The Shangri-la or the Dreamboat ?!?!

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      Gav Grayston

      Good question.  So comparing our 7cm Deamboat with the 15cm Shangri-La, the Shangri-la is comfier. However, I’ve not slept on the thicker Dreamboat for a true comparison.

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