User Review: 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