Every once in a while, we spot something at a trade show that is completely unexpected. This year, that happened when we stopped by the GTFOverland booth and stumbled across Surf Grass Mats. As the name would imply, these were originally created for surfers, but I can confirm that they are the perfect changing mat for cyclists as well.

Surf Grass Mats tag made in USA

The concept here is pretty simple—take high-quality synthetic turf and turn it into a portable mat. But there’s more to the design than meets the eye. The thick turf is designed to knock sand and debris off your feet while changing, but it also makes for a ridiculously comfortable changing pad while you’re in the middle of nowhere. That means you can drop it on uneven ground, chunky gravel, whatever, and you’re left with a comfy spot to change. I’ve used a lot of different things over the years as changing mats, and this beats everything I’ve tried.

Surf Grass Mats rolled up

The underside of the mat is made to be durable, and it doesn’t pick up dirt, bits of leaves, or absorb any moisture like a towel. And thanks to the built-in velcro strap, storing the Surf Grass Mat is as simple as rolling it up and strapping it down. If you do happen to be dripping wet or need to rinse off your feet, there are drain holes punched in the mat to allow water to flow through.

Surf Grass Mats with Squatch Screen

I’ve already used mine a handful of times, and it has completely changed my pre-and post-ride rituals. No more hopping around on one foot or standing on top of your shoes or sandals as you attempt to change in or out of riding shoes and socks. Instead, you’re treated to a relaxing spot to rest your feet. Post-ride, there’s something to the almost massage-like nature of the turf that makes you just want to hang out in your bare feet. When added to something like a Squatch Screen, you end up with the perfect trail-side changing room.

Surf Grass Mats for camping

GTFOverland carries them because they also make great accessories for the overland or vanlife crowd—basically for anyone that doesn’t want to track dirt into their car, van, camper, tent, etc.

Round Surf Grass Mat

Made in the USA, Surf Grass Mats are available in rectangle, square, or round versions, and with different color stitching around the perimeter. Pricing starts at $49.99 for the 20 x 25″ rectangle mat, which is the perfect size to stash in your car for your next adventure.



    • Zach Overholt on

      Yup, but nowhere near as comfortable to stand on as this. And they’re anchored, making them harder to remove and install than this.

    • Zach Overholt on

      You could, but it wouldn’t be as comfortable, it would pick up more dirt and debris, and not be easy to store with the included strap, and this won’t absorb sweat, or other liquids. For something I plan to keep in the car, the Surf Grass Mat will surely smell much better for longer. Obviously, you can wash a bath mat, but with this you don’t have to.

  1. Not Sure on

    I’ve used a triathlon changing mat and even the side of a large cardboard box. This looks like a nice step up. Don’t pay any attention to the usual retrogrouch whiners. I swear, a bike company could invent a new bike that is fast, comfortable, easy to use, cheap, etc. and you’d have grumpy old men complaining that “In my day, we didn’t have any fancy fast bikes. We had slow bikes. They were heavy and they gave you blisters and made your privates go numb, and we liked it. We LOVED it!”

  2. nooner on

    @luddite Yeah, I’m also using a rubber floor mat for changing into my wetsuit, or cycling kit. Stow that floor mat inside a rubbermaide tote.(good for wet wetsuit, or wet sweaty cycling clothes) Get a Rinsekit or Harborfreight 2 gallon sprayer and you are styling before work.

  3. HashTagTwoWheeler on

    Old slippers do the same thing and you’re not constrained to the 2’x2′ mat. I also stole that idea from surfers. I’m told that’s where uggs started.

  4. Simon Harry on

    I use a sheepskin with a waterproof layer i stitched on the underside, don’t have a mooch SUV but I do have the rolls Royce of standing mats 😉

  5. Matt Anderson on

    I’ve found that a small mat inside the large blue IKEA bag is great for mud rides. All your gear is stowed in the bag as you change. Then when you get home it’s all ready for the wash.

  6. Graeme Pitts on

    Looks like a neat product that, as simple and easy to make your own as it is, would be a welcome addition to many folks in vans and general outdoors multisport enthusiasts. That being said, is there any way you can focus on linking only their website, and not including Amazon? Amazon is actively killing small business in the long term, with the “better of two evils” choice left to small businesses trying to sell their first items, which then that choice crushes them down the road because of Amazon’s repugnant care of suppliers. Again, this product could be cool, I’m not gonna buy one as I’ve found my own solutions that suit my needs, but someone will enjoy this absolutely, and the company should have a chance to succeed, and by directing sales to Amazon you are actively part of businesses not surviving in a genuine way

    • Kristi Benedict on

      Graeme, We hear you. We make money with affiliate links so we can keep Bikerumor free to read, but we always try to include links to the supplier and the company directly –so you and our readers have quick link options to your preferred purchase site.


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