Why We Chose The Vango Aotrom sleeping pad: Lightweight, packable, great value
We’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Vango here at OM. Undoubtedly one of the great British outdoor brands, the company was founded in 1966 up in Scotland – in Govan to be precise, on the banks of the River Clyde, just west of Glasgow. Maybe our enduring affection is down to the many years we spent camping in the brand’s famous orange ‘Force Ten’ tents back in our youth. They were an intrinsic part of family camping holidays and Scout camps alike. In fact, the iconic Force Ten remains in production today, still with that classic A-frame design, still made from sturdy cotton canvas and still bright orange.
But Vango is hardly mired in the past – far from it. More recently, their Project Hydrogen collection has resulted in some impressively advanced 21st-century kit, while the Earth collection puts a thoroughly modern focus on sustainability at the heart of the brand.
The Aotrom is a similarly modern product, which Vango describes it as “one of the most technical and advanced sleeping mats in their range”. It weighs in at just 410g and packs down to around the size of a can of juice.
Who is the Vango Aotrom Sleeping Pad For?
Being so light and packable, it’s an attractive option for summer-season backpackers, particularly if you’re looking to drop trail weight and save space in your pack.
But it’s also competitively priced, which puts in the frame for beginner backpackers or maybe those going on DofE expeditions and other adventurous outdoor challenges.
It’s made from 20-denier ripstop nylon and uses modern TPU fabric lamination, which is lighter and more compressible than traditional PVC lamination (as well as being less environmentally damaging).