User Review: Exped SynMat 9 DLX
Price Paid: $119
I have had this now for just about a year and camp nearly every month. Cold weather camping is a huge thing for me and I really needed to lighten my winter-pads inventory when I winter camp.
I typically use a 1/2" rubber-like base then two Therm-a-rests for near or below 0 camping and was able to replace the two Thermarests with this, no problem. I have already had two nights near zero and this was just fine. I was really concerned since it was air filled, but between the fiber-filling and not using your moist breath to fill it makes a huge difference.
In the summer, this is such a joy. It packs so small and fits in my backpack, just crazy unbelievable. Yes, it is expensive but the comfort, portability and ease make it worth it. The most comfortable pad or pad system I have ever used in my 50 years of camping.
I unfortunately bought the 9LW which is a little longer and wider. It was marked down a little and I thought "what the heck". It really is a little too big for small tent camping so I can only use the darn thing in my North Face Him 35, and it JUST fits lengthwise.
Pumping feels like it takes a while but then all of a sudden, you're done. The multi one-way valves make deflating and packing a dream.
I really love this pad and totally recommend it highly.