Country Reiten paddock mats without substructure – Bacher Products ArenaMat.
– Something completely different!
With the ArenaMat from Bacher Products, we have included a paddock mat in our major comparison test with ten different paddock mats to date. The ArenaMat differs from all other candidates in its construction, because the ArenaMat does not require any connections. We were curious to see if this could work at all. And – this much we can say – the ArenaMat really surprised us…
Since all five new models in our test have only been in use for about six months, we cannot yet make a final conclusion about their qualities at this point. But initial tendencies can already be seen after half of the test period.
A few facts
If you see the ArenaMat for the first time, you will notice its size and weight. According to Bacher Prodcuts, they are made of a sustainable – recycled plastic material – the environmental compatibility of which has been proven by independent authorities.
Bacher Products praises the optimal water properties of the mats. Due to the construction, on the one hand the moisture in the sand layer should be kept consistent, to keep dust formation as minimal as possible and on the other hand the construction should provide good drainage, so that rain can get into the subsoil.
At 1.25 x 0.8 m, the ArenaMat measures exactly one square metre and weighs around 19 kilos each. The structure of the 4 cm high panels is intended to provide the necessary support in the subsoil.
The entire construction appears relatively soft – especially in summer temperatures – and appears almost elastic. This means that, to a certain extent, they adapt well to the subsoil. This is perfect, for example, for places where the fastening must be laid over slope edges, as the mats follow the course of the ground surface well here.
The mats are simply laid on the ground, preferably on a layer of sand or gravel, so that they have a good grip and water can drain off easily. They have no connection between each other. Due to their special construction with studs, their own weight and the filling with sand, they should nevertheless remain sufficiently secure in place.
For an endurance test we have additionally placed a test area directly in the light mud – without any sand or gravel – to see what happens to the mats there.