User Review: Exped DownMat 7
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $110
Great cold weather air mat.
I've had this air pad for three years, I've used it in temps from the high teens to the mid sixties.
This is probably one of the best pads for cold weather. even with my cheap 20-degree bag I've never been cold at night even when the temps dropped below 20 degrees. In higher temps it can be too warm to sleep comfortably. I had many nights when the temps were in the sixties that even just draping my sleeping bag over me I'd start to sweat.
It packs down to a little smaller the size of a football which is much nicer than a foam or a self inflating pad. it took a few tries to get it back into the provided stuff sack the first time I used it. Just needed to figure out how to get all the air out and roll it correctly.
At almost 2 lb, it's not as light as other options but most of them won't keep you as warm. If going out in cold weather it can actually be lighter and smaller than carrying two foam pads.
At first I thought the built-in pump was cool. The best way I can describe using the pump is like doing CPR chest compressions. It takes about five minutes of pumping to get the pad firm enough to lay on, usually more until you get used to pumping. After a long day hiking pumping can be the last thing you feel like doing. One of the quirks of the pump is sometimes when you are laying on it and move around it makes noise. It's not loud, just weird the first few times you hear it.
The surface of the pad is slightly textured to keep you from sliding around. its rough enough to grip the material of a sleeping bag but not enough to be uncomfortable to sleep on. It has a honeycomb pattern of some sort of rubberized paint to help with sliding. After a few trips it started to wear off, haven't notices any issues other then cosmetic.