User Review: Exped SynMat 7 Pump (M)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $77 US
- Easy to inflate/deflate
- Great Insulation from the ground
- On the heavy side
I just received this inflatable pad in the mail today. It seems like a really nice pad. Appears to be put together really well.
I bought the medium model, which is 72" long by 21" wide. It has an integrated pump, flat valve technology, pack sack, a small repair kit, and it is filled with 150 grams of Texpedloft Microfiber (synthetic insulation which is laminated to the upper and lower mat).
It packs down slightly larger than a 1L Nalgene bottle and it weighs 30.3 oz (860 grams). The label indicates an R-value of 4.9 and a 1 degree F rating (-17 degree C).
I took it out of the packaging and inflated it immediately. The pump worked great and it took less than 2 minutes. It is very comfy and it has a nonslip finish on it. I bought it from one of the online retailers on this website.
Update Oct 2012:
I have had several occasions to use this product and it has performed very well. The coldest temp I have had it in so far was about the mid 30s. The built-in pump makes it easy to inflate and there is a valve which makes quick work of deflation.
The synthetic insulation in the mat makes it usable to 1 degree F, at least that's what the manufacturer says. I have not felt any cold spots on the mat while sleeping on it.
I have carried it two different ways in my pack. I stored it completely defalated in its sack inside of my pack. I have also carried it partially deflated to where I could roll it, like a cheap blue foam pad, and I tie it to the outside of my backpack in order to have additional space for extra food.