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Exped SynMat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Exped SynMat air-filled sleeping pad

Would be 5 stars had the last two airmats and this synmat not developed seepage through up to 30 points in the fabric, as well as my partner's synmat and airmat.

The fact that I have persisted with Exped is testament to the great product. Nothing is as warm, light, cheap, and comfortable as these mats. Love them to bits, when they are inflated. They will typically work for around 30 nights sleep? Then just start going down, and a shower test always reveals seepage through the topside fabric.

Exped has always been great with replacing each one but, there has been more than one occasion, one on a 4-day ice climbing trip in the southern Alps, where the mat has started its degradation in a situation where its warmth is relied on. In that case we learned the true value of snow caves and slept on a folded tent!

Great product. Buy one if it's what you need, but keep the receipt and test it before you take it into the snow.

Price Paid: $200

Extremely comfortable! Worth every ounce of weight.


  • Extremely comfortable
  • Seems durable


  • A little heavy compared to new ultralight pads

This is by far the most comfortable sleeping pad that I've ever used. It actually beats the futon mattress that I have at home. Although it is heavy as far as lightweight gear goes, it is worth every ounce. You can save a few of those pounds in a lighter sleeping bag because of the high R value.

Like I said, I'm willing to cut ounces everywhere else, but am determined to carry this pad because a good night's sleep is worth a lot.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $150

Comfortable for side sleepers. Nice touch and feel. Repair kit included, with stuff sack. Silent. Doesn't make crinkle sounds. Well made. Lightweight. Tried and tested on a hike in Sweden.


  • All of the above


  • None so far

I recommend the Shnozzle bag for pumping up the mat. Shnozzle bag doubles as waterproof liner for backpack and washbasin otherwise. 


Several trekking tours in Germany and Sweden during the summer.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 69 Euros

Used on K2 and Everest treks. Fantastic for sleeping on glaciers. Warm as toast no more cold backs.

Takes a few times to get the hang of filling the chambers, but other than that, a great product.

Price Paid: $90

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Weight 760 g 860 g 1010 g 960 g 1100 g 1170 g
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