User Review: Exped DownMat 7
Price Paid: $70
Over the past few years my Therm-a-rest(s) just weren't as comfortable as I'd like for a good night's rest. (Has global warming caused the ground to get harder????)
I'd seen the Expeds over the years and thought they were a gimmick. After a recent backpacking trip where I tossed and turned all night, I read a few reviews on the net and decided that a good night's rest might be worth the price. It was.
Try pumping the mat up a few times at home before you go out and you won't have any problems at all inflating the pad. Inflation is really quite easy and only takes a couple of minutes.
Your hiking buddies may roll their eyes when they see your Exped but once inflated, let them lie on it for a minute; you'll get the last laugh (and good night's sleep!)