Exped DownMat 7 Pump
I needed something better than the cheap blow-up air…
Price Paid: 110 euro
I needed something better than the cheap blow-up air mat I've been using for camping during Summer, because I wanted to start winter camping. And in Sweden in Winter it can get pretty cold, even in the south it can dip down to -20 or below, and the problems I'd had with cold had always been from below.
So I read a lot of reviews and the bottom line seemed to be that the Exped down mats cost a good bit, but were worth it. The model I got was with the integrated pump, and that took a little to get used to, but now that I've used the mat a few times it takes only a minute to get it pumped. In fact it's so fast that I just throw up my tent and mat in ten minutes before I plan to hit the sack. And the pumping usually gets me nice and warm for sleeping.
The mat can be pumped up a LOT, I found out that you really can put a huge amount of pressure in it, and that way you don't get any contact with the ground even if you're sitting up in the mat with all the weight on your elbows, reading a book or something. It also makes for a very comfortable nights sleep, the stiff support and slightly 'grippy' black surface mean you don't slide around on the mat like with other blow-up models I've used.
And it packs down very nicely, the instructions are really well thought out. You pop open the valves, roll it up once, unroll and fold it in three and re-roll it, and then it fits easily into the stuff sack.
One nice trick is to bring along some dyneema cord or equivalent and use it to tie the stuff sack to the loops on the head of the pad, that way you can stuff the bag with a fleece and use it as a pillow, which also extends the length of the pad as you have your head off the pad.
I would definitely recommend the pad to friends, it has the Exped quality I've enjoyed with my Vela 1 tent. Lots of attention to detail and a good solid feeling to the equipment.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Exped DownMat's offer the best combination of warmth and comfort available. They are thick enough to protect you from stones and roots, and warm enough for winter camping. A built-in pump inflates the mat quickly at night and the compressibility of down allows them to roll up into a pack-friendly size when packing up the next day.
With a lightweight design and integrated pump, this down-insulated Exped air mattress is warm and compact for excellent year-round comfort. Unlike the air mattress you had as a kid, this one has 700-fill-power goose down inside to insulate you from the cold ground; baffle chambers prevent cold spots. Ingenious hand pump is built into pad chamber; welded, dual valves allow maximum airflow. Inflating the pad with the pump, rather than by mouth, keeps the goose down dry for optimal performance. UV- and abrasion-resistant polyester fabric is airtight and has a nonslip finish, which helps prevent your sleeping bag from sliding off the pad. Includes stuff sack for protection during transportation; includes repair kit with adhesive and fabric patches.
Exped DownMat 7 Sleeping Pad with Pump much more warmth & comfort, much less bulk! Super comfortable, infinitely warmer and more compact than any other comparable mat of similar weight. Since down compresses so well, Downmats also pack very small. Perfect for the coldest sleeping extremes. The integrated pump makes inflation easy.750+ fill goose down insulation.Laminated polyester fabric is both durable, airtight and humidity resistant.Baffles separating the air chambers eliminate cold spots.Integrated pump for quick and easy mat inflation.Stuff Sack and repair kit included.FlatValve Technology the valves are flat and not on the mat's edge so they do not protrude and are therefore protected and durable.Thickness: 2.8 in.RValue: 5.9Color: Black.Sizes:S: 64 in. x 21 in.; Weight: 27.5 oz.M: 72 in. x 21 in.; Weight: 31 oz.
So much warmth and comfort, you will never have to sleep cold again with the Exped DownMat 7 Pump Sleeping Pad. This super comfortable sleeping pad has down insulation inside and a unique, built-in pump-packsack that doubles as a bellow-pump and a pillow. Very compressible and lightweight, the DownMat packs super small in comparison to other insulated mats and reduces the bulk you would expect with some much warmth. With the DownMat 7 you can carry a lighter sleeping bag, reducing bulk and weight, while experiencing the same level of warmth.
- Altrec Outdoors