User Review: 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.