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Offline Thaddeus

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Feedback on mats?
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:37:56 AM »
We've sold a lot of the new Appleseed shooting mats. Any feedback?

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 09:53:35 AM »
I bought a couple.  Reading the store description I was thinking they would be a little thicker.  It is literally a Midway mat without the waterproof bottom, but tan so it's not as hot to lay on in the summer. 
I'd love to see them more like the CMP roll up mats in regards to thickness and foam density even if the price has to go up.
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 10:36:51 AM »
I need a couple replacements. I have not bought any from the store yet as I was holding back for a review.
The Midway mats I bought nearly 8 years ago are almost toast-the foam is nearly half of what it used to be and it was not that thick.
The Dillon mats I bought nearly the same time are still in superb shape and the foam is thicker, denser and almost the same as it was
the day I bought them. Plus they are tan and a bit cooler. They were over twice the price of the Midway mats.
Both brands have seen hard usage.
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 07:31:31 PM »
I bought one just recently and thought for some reason that it had a waterproof bottom as well. On the whole the foam seems decent, but I have yet to put it to significant use just yet. It seems decent but could have slightly more robust foam and a waterproof cover; I'd be willing to pay a few more bucks for one with those features.

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 11:00:50 AM »
I just got back from a Rifleman's Boot Camp at Ramseur.  The mat saw heavy use for 4 days (by 3 folks some days) and held up okay.  Some stitching on the corner of one of the knee pads came loose, but that was remedied in a few minutes when I got home.  I am pleased with my mat and have a spare just in case anything ever happens to this one (or if I need to loan one out.
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2019, 11:27:46 AM »
I've used mine as a loaner at Ohio events and received no complaints.  It's serviceable, though not luxurious.  That said, I personally used it at an AS in Palm Bay, FL last month (loaned my personal mat to my uncle) where they have a covered, concrete firing line.  Had it not been for an instructor loaning me a nice thick yoga mat to lay on top of it, I wouldn't have been able to shoot on Sunday.  I found the thin padding in the AS mat to be wholly inadequate for use on that hard concrete.  Our home range here in Ohio has a gravel firing line and it seems to be a decent solution for that surface and I imagine it would be fine on grass as well.  Were I to use it (or loan it) at a concrete firing line in the future, I'd bring along either a yoga mat or roll of carpet padding to lay under the mat.

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2019, 11:30:36 AM »
I find them to be more comfortable (squishy!) than my midways, and I like the way they roll up into a more compact package. The director of the community college law enforcement training facility where wee have our events liked them enough that he's planning to pick up a dozen of them for the school.  That'll be a real test, too. Students are HARD on equipment.

Both of the ranges we use have concrete firing lines, and I still find it a tad more comfortable than my midway.
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 12:21:16 PM »
 Wait, they are not waterproof onthe bottom?

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 03:11:00 PM »
I didn't think that was a secret.  I knew they weren't before I ordered. Don't remember HOW I knew,  but I knew.
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019, 03:49:36 PM »
Wel that's a problem. Website says waterproof bottom. Honestly, I havent tried mine, but only bought it because of the reported waterproof bottom.

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2019, 05:12:33 PM »
They're great. 5 stars.  I need to buy a couple more I think.

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2019, 03:25:38 PM »
Ok, I got a chance to try out the mat.
1. Waterproof for me would be a big plus. If this isnt, please change the item description
2. Color, love it
3. Not as thick as my midway. I prefer the mat a little thicker, but can live with it.
4. I would prefer a larger elbow pad area (like midway, creedmore, etc). Trigger elbow slides a bit on the material. I'd do away with the knee pads to add more area to the elbows

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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 04:23:49 AM »
It's worth the price! It's comparable to quality and price of the cheapest shooting mat I could find on Ebay (which was a NcStar Brand). So for beginner shooters and those on a budget, it'll serve the purpose. Good Job!
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Re: Feedback on mats?
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2019, 04:15:42 PM »
Shipping to Alaska is almost as much $ as the mat costs.
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