User Review: Exped SynMat 9 DLX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $149 (REI)
A giant pad for a big person! 77.5" long, 26" wide, and 3.5" thick, with an R value of 6 all for only 41 oz. I love this pad. Yes, it's big. Yes, it a bit heavy. And yes, you have to pump it up. But this is the most comfortable sleeping pad I have ever had!
- Big and thick
- Easy to pump up and deflate
- Can be folled flat to save space in you pack
- Big, maybe too big for most people
- Have to pump up
This is a great pad in my opinion. Yes, I know there are lighter pads and smaller pads out there, but I can get a good night's sleep on this pad and I don't slip off the pad too.
Given that I am a big guy and 6'6" long, this pad is a great size for me. If I was 5' 10" this would be an overkill in pad size.
Pumping it up is quick and fairly easy, just make sure the palm of your hand covers the air hole on your push stroke. Otherwise a lot of air is going out, not into the pad.
I have used this on cold nights and wet weather and been fine for warmth, but I have not yet had a chance to use it in winter-like conditions.
The pad seem to be very well made and the material is not slippery at all, unlike some air pads. I have had no trouble staying on the pad at night, and I move around a lot.