User Review: Exped SynMat 7 Pump
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Aus$150
Very comfortable, excellent insulation from cold ground, robust material — less likely to puncture. Packability.
- Not lightweight
An excellent mat for 3-4 season camping, provides very good insulation on cold hard ground. Very comfortable — the trick is not to pump it up too hard. The built-in pump is an excellent feature.
It is not a light mat, but it packs fairly small, and the material is robust. I am a relatively poor hiking side-sleeper, and this is the most comfortable mat I have found to date. (I just hate these people who sleep soundly through the night when camping!)
I also have the Synmat 7 UL, which is lighter, and without the built-in pump. Just as comfortable, but not as warm or robust. As with all these mats, you need to ensure the ground is free of sharp objects. The thickness of the mat is so much more comfortable than the 2.5cm self-inflaters.