Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $149
After two years of using this pad I though I would update the review. It is still a great pad to sleep on, and although it is more heavy then my new down sleeping bag, I still would not go hiking with out it. I do find that after a long day hiking pumping up the air mattress can be a pain, but in reality it does not that that long. Still getting great night sleeps and have yet to get a hole.
- Not very slippery
- Did I say thick?
- Not real heavy (by my standards, but not a UL pad)
- Big (maybe too wide)
- Weight (though still less then my old pads)
- Pumping up (update)
Size: 77.5" x 26" x 3.5" (197 cm x 65 cm x 9 cm). It's one BIG pad!! And thick, too!
Insulation value: -25 C or -13 F (R value of 6). I have not tried it in the cold yet but when I do I will update the review.
Ease of Use: It takes me about 5 min or less to pump up the air mattress and get it in the tent. If you confined in space, say it's raining out, and your pumping it up in the tent, it can be a little hard, depending on head room and if you can kneel next to it. Deflating is quick and easy, just pop the plug, lay on it and fold it a few times to get all the air out.
Construction & Durability: I have used it for close to two years, not a single hole, no popped seams, and still about the some weight. I have used it on just about every surface, except sharp rocks!
The mat is very large in size compared to most mats, almost too big. At 26 inches wide and 78 inches long, it is as big a me. I'm 6' 6" and 24" across at the shoulders. It also takes up most of my 2-person tent. There is just enough room for my pack and stuff. The big advantage of this pad is the thickness of the pad. At 9 cm, or 3.5 inches, it is quite thick and very comfortable to sleep on.
When un-inflated, which is very easy to do, it rolls up to about 4" x 13" (folded in half). It weighs in at 41 oz, so just over 2.5 lbs. Most UL hikers would find this way too much weight, but for a lot of regular backpackers that may not sound like a lot of extra weight for a good night's sleep. I know for me it is worth every ounce.
Inflating the pad is a little different then the normal blow up pad, but not that hard to do, and it is fairly quick for such a large pad. I would recommend that you try it out at home before your first trip, though, just so you have the hang of it in the field.
Finally, this is not an inexpensive pad. At $149 plus sales tax (for Washington), mine cost just over $163, but how much is a good night's sleep worth to you? To me it was worth it in every way.
One footnote: if REI had the option I may have gotten the SynMat 9 Pump which is 77" x 20" x 3.5". I think this pad would have done just as good, maybe, with my sleeping, but all that I was able to find was the DLX at any of the local stores and I did not have time for an Internet purchase.
Good Sleeping, Wolfman
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Aprox. $140
The downside to outdoor exploration for me was always discomfort in the sleeping arrangements. No longer. The Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX brings a blissful night's rest after an active day's hike or paddle. So much so, that I now need an alarm to wake me up. Light, packs up small, easy to inflate and durable, the Synmat 9 has made wilderness sleeping a pleasure!
- Durable — in its fifth year and going strong
- Large enough for you to stretch out in comfort
- Packs up nice and small
- Easy to care for
- Where was the Exped 9 Pump DLX twenty years ago?
This is by far the best camping mattress that I have ever used. It has provided five seasons of comfortable sleep during annual kayak explorations and shows no signs of wear. Our entire kayak group now uses the Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX and everyone raves about how comfortable they are.
The downside to camping on the often rocky beaches of BC's wild west coast was trying to get a comfortable night's sleep. Too often I would toss and turn all night, warding off cold and numbness, and then, after a fitful night would wake up early and thoroughly miserable.
The first morning after sleeping on the Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX, on the north coast of Vancouver Island, I woke refreshed and invigorated. Crawling out of my tent I called to my campmates to tell them that breakfast would be in half an hour. hey gave me a series of rather peculiar looks for a moment or two, and then one of them suggested that perhaps lunch would be a better idea. I stood confused and asked, "what time is it"? It was close to noon. I had slept around the clock!
That has never happened on any other camping mattress.
The Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX brings a touch of luxury to the great outdoors.
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Protect your body from the harsh, hard ground with the SynMat 9 Pump sleeping pad from Exped, and don't worry about having to carry around all of the extra little add-ons. You stay comfortable with durably laminated lofted microfiber insulation and baffled chambers, as an integrated inflation pump makes camp set up a little faster.
- Mountain Gear
Description of Exped SynMat 9 DLX Air Mattress with PumpThis airmat filled with synthetic fiber is super comfortable, warmer and lighter than regular sleeping mats. The SynMat packs down small thanks to the microfiber filling that compresses extremely well. Quick inflation with the ingenious integrated pump.FeaturesBoth low profile valves pat. pend one for inflation and the other for deflation ensure ease of use. As the valves are flat and not on the mats edge they do not protrude and are therefore protected and durable.Welded baffles between the microfiber filled chambers, unlike traditional airmats, eliminate cold spots and create a comfortably supportive and stable air cushion.Laminated polyester fabric is both durable, airtight and humidity resistant. The shells top surface is of brushed polyester fabric that provides excellent slip resistance and comfort next to the skin. The seams are high frequency welded for durability.Two loops at the head end can be used to secure the packsack to the mat when used as a pillow.Light and warm The Synmat 9 Pump has a heat resistance value of 6.0. At about the same weight a standard 2.5 cm self inflating mat only offers a R-value of 2.5. EMPA tests demonstrated that regular mats lose 3x more heat to cold ground than to the air. The conclusion is that a warmer mat is more important than a warmer sleeping bag.Included repair kit with adhesive and fabric patches.Size 197 x 65 cm 77.5 x 26Thickness 9 cm 3.5Weight 1160 g 40.9 oz, Packsack 19 g 0.7 ozPacked 28 x 18 cm 11 x 7Temperatur -25C -13FFilling 200 gqm Texpedloft Microfiber.R-value 6.0
- US Outdoor Store
When the extreme warmth of a Exped DownMat sleeping pad is not necessary, you can still find the same comfort, weight, and compact size with the Exped SynMat sleeping pad. The lofted microfiber insulation provides comfort from the cold, rocky ground and is baffled to provide supportive cushioning and prevent cold spots. A polyester surface fabric prevents you from slipping off during the night. The builtin pump allows you to inflate the mat quickly and easily. 2006 German Outdoor Magazine Editor's Choice Award, one of Europe's most prestigious outdoor awards; European silver Industry Award 2006.Texped loft microfiber insulation durably laminated to top and bottom of mat.Flat valve technology eliminates traditional valve malfunction issues (patent pending).Integrated pump technology speeds inflation time and eliminates oral inflation (patent pending).9.0 cm/3.5" thickness.Laminated, polyester fabric is UV and abrasion resistant, slip resistant, and air tight.Baffled chambers eliminate cold spots.Stuff sack and field repair kit included.Weight: 47.6 oz.Thickness: 3.5 in.Dimensions: 26 in. x 76 in.R Value: 6
Lightweight and durable, the Exped SynMat 9 Pump DLX sleeping pad turns cold, hard ground into a comfortable 5 star hotel. A built-in pump makes inflation quick and effortless, and microfiber insulation makes the SynMat 9 Pump DLX suitable for year-round use. Baffled chambers evenly distribute insulation to eliminate cold spots when you're trying recharge for the next day's trek. Built with high-performance laminated polyester fabric that is air tight, slip proof, and offers both UV and abrasion resistance; the theExped SynMat 9 Pump DLX sleeping pad will be the last sleeping pad you'll ever have to buy.
- Altrec Outdoors