Exped DownMat 9
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $200
Very comfortable, well built and warm pad.
- Dual purpose
- Slow to inflate / deflate
If you want to be comfortable and warm in the backcountry this is the pad to get! In fact it is good enough to replace your car camping pad, making the price more acceptable and may be the last one you ever buy.
This pad has a built-in pump system, and has some down filling making it very warm. The pump system takes a while to inflate, but keeps moisture out of the pad. The comfort level far out weighs the minor hassle of taking longer to inflate. When car or boat camping I take a small battery operated pump with me that will inflate in seconds.
It comes in different sizes. I got a long, wide model, as comfort was my main goal but I still take this backpacking over my other smaller but only slightly lighter 20" pads as I don't feel like I am falling off it as much in the night.
I also got the available cover and chair kit for the pad. This is also a great product. It provides a less slippery and protective surface, for the base pad, and has a rod and strap system that alows you to pull a few straps and lounge with a backrest in your tent, or make into a chair fit for a king at the campsite! Just be very carefull around the fire! (I also bring a small wool blanket to cover and keep sparks off, does double duty for keeping the dog warm!)
This setup Works Awesome! When backpacking many times I will ditch the tent to save enough weight to be able to take this combo instead. I use it with just a tarp or bug hat so I can just sleep under the stars.
Source: bought it new
- Extremely comfortable
- Very warm
- Somewhat loud if moving around in sleeping bag
- Takes a fairly long time to inflate
I bought this mat about a year ago and so far it has performed admirably. The built-in pump is vastly superior to the 2-way valve used on self-inflating mats, though it does take a pretty long time to inflate. When inside a tent, it can be a bit difficult to use depending on space.
This mat packs down smaller than any self inflating mattress I have ever owned or seen. The stuff-sack is large enough that even with a little bit of air inside, it still fits nicely.
Even having been used in temperatures around -25° Celsius, the Exped manages to keep the bottom of your sleeping bag warm and comfortable. Having said that, the mattress is very loud if you move around in your sleep. This seems like a fairly minor thing, but if you are a light sleeper, the scraping between mattress and sleeping bag could wake you up.
Price Paid: $190
I LOVE THIS SLEEPING PAD!!!
No it's not the lightest nor does it roll up into a tiny little package, but it's the most comfortable thing I have ever slept on (next to my bed at home of course) and it's easy to inflate/deflate. It also fits into my Big Agnes sleeping bag sleeve.
For those of you who have a hard time sleeping on the trail this is a huge step in the right direction. THANK YOU, Exped... you are my heroes!
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Key Features of the Exped Downmat 9 Air Mattress with Built-In PumpBoth low profile valvesLight foam blocksLaminated polyester fabricTwo loops at the headR-value of 8IDFL-certified goose downExped Downmat 9 Air Mattress with Built-In PumpNo winter camping is complete without the Exped Downmat 9 Air Mattress with Built-In Pump. It dramatically reduces the heat loss with it is with down insulation inside the mat. The thick cushion of air also provides comfort and smoothes out uneven ground. In addition, as down compresses extremely well, Downmats packs smaller than other insulated mats. Both low profile valves, one for inflation and the other for deflation, ensure ease of use. As the valves are flat, they do not protrude and are therefore protected and durable. The light foam blocks at the mat s ends prevent down from escaping or migrating between chambers. It is made of laminated polyester fabric that makes it durable, airtight, and humidity resistant. The brushed polyester fabric ensures excellent slip resistance and comfort next to the skin. Two loops at the head end can be used to secure the packsack to the mat when used as a pillow. For a warm and cozy sleep on the snow, choose the Exped Downmat 9 Air Mattress with Built-In Pump.
Free Shipping. Exped Down Mat 9 DECENT FEATURES of the Exped Down Mat 9 700 fill goose down insluated, extremely high R-values Proven 4-season performance Integrated pump for quick and easy inflation I-beam baffles The SPECS of the Exped Down Mat 9 Warmth: 8.0 Thickness: 3.5in. / 9.0 cm The SPECS for Medium Dimension: 72 x 20in. / 183 x 52 cm Average Weight: 34 oz / 960 g The SPECS for Long Wide Dimension: 77.5 x 26in. / 197 x 65 cm Average Weight: 43.7 oz / 1240 g
Description of Exped DownMat 9Exped DonwnMats 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. The integrated pump makes inflation easy.FeaturesBoth low profile valves pat. pend one for inflation and the other for deflation ensure ease of use. As the valves are flat and not on the mats edge they do not protrude and are therefore protected and durable.Light foam blocks at the mats ends prevent down from escaping or migrating between chambers.Laminated polyester fabric is both durable, airtight and humidity resistant. The shells top surface is of brushed polyester fabric that provides excellent slip resistance and comfort next to the skin. Dark colors dry quickly. The seams are high frequency welded for durability.Two loops at the head end can be used to secure the packsack to the mat when used as a pillow.Light and warm The DownMat 7 Pump has a R-Value of 5.9. At about the same weight a standard 2.5 cm selfinflating mat only has a R-Value of 2.5. Further EMPA tests demonstrated that regular mats lose 3x more heat to cold ground than to the air. The conclusion use a lighter weight sleeping bag with a DownMat to achieve consistent overall comfort, and still reduce weight and bulkExped only uses IDFL-certified goose down, specially treated to eliminate the effects of humidity that may reach the mats interior. Size 183x52x9 cm 72x20x3.5Weight 990 g 34.9 ozPacksack 22 g 0.8 ozPacked 24x16 cm 9x6Fill Weight 250 g 9 ozTemperature -38C -36FR-value 8
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Heat loss is dramatically reduced with down insulation inside the mat, as demonstrated by EMPA, the Swiss Federal Labaratories for Materials Testing and Research, and field tests by expeditions. The thick cushion of air also provides comfort and smooths out uneven ground. And since down compresses extremely well, Downmats packs smaller than other insulated mats.
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