User Review: Exped DownMat 7
I still remember the air mattress I used while camping as a child. It was very bulky, heavy and required a 3rd lung to blow up.
Well, that air mattress is bag with a vengeance! And this time, it's even lighter, smaller and warmer than most self inflating mats.
The Exped 7 inflates to 7cm in height (as opposed to the Exped 9 which inflates to 9cm) and is incredibly comfortable as an air mattress should be. And thanks to its down fill, it's incredibly warm as well with absolutely no cold spots. Inflating the mattress can take some getting used to but once you get the hang of it, it shouldn't take more than 12 pumps with the bag. It may seem like a hassle since it isn't self inflating but it makes up for it with the ease of deflating/packing.
The only negative I can think of is the storage bag. It's fairly bulky due to the padding inside and it's a necessity since you don't want to be blowing moist air into your down filled bag. The bag adds bulk along with another point of failure but at least it can be used as a drybag due to the rubberized interior.