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.
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.
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.
- This is one of the most comfortable self-inflating mats we've tried. And yes, it does self-inflate too.
- 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!)
|Dimensions||200 × 76 × 15 cm|
|Number of Valves||
80 cm x 36 cm
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