The Exped Synmat 7 Pump Mats are warmer and more packable than a foam filled self inflating mat, as they contain synthetic insulation fibres rather than a continuous layer of foam. The Synmat 7 Pump is 7cm thick when inflated and feature an integrated pump allowing for quick inflation at camp. The Synmat 7 is an ideal sleeping mat for camping in cold conditions as low as -17°C.
The Synthetic insulation is bonded to the upper and lower surfaces of the Synmat so that as it inflates the insulation opens out creating a 'lofting' effect. Tests have shown that Synmats are nearly twice as warm as a self inflating mat of the same weight. The Synmats also pack up smaller than other mats as you only have to compress the insulation and not the foam.
Tests have demonstrated that regular sleeping mats lose 3 times more heat to cold ground than to the air; therefore thicker mats such as the Exped Synmat 7 Pump will keep you warmer than having a more insulated sleeping bag. If you are cold think Sleeping Mat not bag!
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|Medium||183 x 52cm||7cm||21 x 15cm||850g||4.9|
|Long Wide||197 x 65cm||7cm||27 x 15cm||1.09kg||4.9|
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I have had this mat for a while now and use it regularly on wild camping trips in the UK but took it to 5600m on a tented trek in Nepal for 3 weeks recently. Despite bitter temps at night (-15deg) I rarely felt cold and the mat kept me comfortable even on a rock strewn glacier. It may be a bit heavy and slightly larger than the ultra light mats available but don't think twice about buying this mat - chuck out anything else but a good night sleep is heaven!
Very pleased with the mat, much better than than the original Thermarest mats I have. I've been a camper [mainly backpacking] for over thirty years having this mat I no longer dread the night. Would like to point out I'm twice the size I was when bought the Thermarest mats , a side sleeper and have arthritic hands and hips. Using this mat I had a very comfortable nights sleep, didn't slide off and it was very easy to pack up and get into its stuff sack, can't wait to camp again.
Having just returned from my first wild camping trip of the spring yesterday I am delighted with the Exped Synmat 7 mat that I recently bought.
My previous mat was a 3/4 length and thin affair that I chose to keep weight down. I have spent a number of rather uncomfortable and cold nights on this mat for a saving of a few grams on my back!
All has changed with the Exped - it is thick enough to give a great nights sleep, the internal synthethic insulation really works - I was amazed at the difference that it made on a night or two where the temp dropped to below zero.
Whilst the mat is a bit bigger and a bit heavier to carry in my pack, this is easily outweighed by the shear joy of a decent and restful night.
I opted for the synthetic filling as I am unlikly to need the insulation offered by the down filling and the cost saving was worthwhile. As far as I am concerned, there are no downsides to this product. Anyone want to buy a cheap 3/4 length mat?
Best to watch the video to see how to pump this up. It was a great buy -very comfortable , lightweight , packs small and is easy to use. I was camping and sleeping on a floor indoors. It is as good as a bed. I am 5 ft 7 but bought the short mat as you do not really need the extra length. I tend to sleep on my side and have found self inflating mats a bit thin - I had no problem sleeping on the exped synmat and will also use it for guests at home.
Marked up to four for ease of use, comfort and sizing. Having three sizes to choose from makes these mat a choice if you are tall or small, so you can find the optimum size for comfort. I went for the synthetic fill as I don't expect to be holed up on the top of a Munroe in December. It does inflate quickly once you get the hang of it (think: milking goats, it's a knack), and I found it comfy and warm. I like the thicker edge tubes to help you stay in place. it's no orthopaedic double mattress, but it's a really great solution to a compromise you have to make. Better than the other self inflating mats which I find my hip bottoms out on, thus allowing heat to seep away quickly. I am very happy with it, I will recommend. And also Facewest, who are new to me, but have proved to be very responsive, proactive, and happy to pick up the phone and help out. They are obviously enthusiasts rather than order packers, and that is well worth supporting. John
It's too early to comment on durability, though I'm impressed by the materials and workmanship of this mat - all the seams look well made. What I can comment on is its ease of use and comfort. I'm still a fan of lightweight Thermarests for fast and light camping. This Synmat is a kilo (thought there are lighter ones which are not as warm). But it's far more comfortable than any mat I've ever used. Brilliant insulation from the cold of the ground, so in chilly weather you can use a lightweight sleeping bag you'd never dream of using in the mountains with a normal sleeping mat. The LW version is long and wide, as comfortable as any bed at home. And with the baffles running lengthways (unlike the new Thermarest "copy" of the Synmat) you don't roll off it in the night - a problem if you're in a bigger tent. I bought this Synmat for my wife, who has back trouble. She's very pleased - she'll never go back to a self-inflating mat even for mountain trips. The extra weight is well worth it - and may be compensated anyway by being able to use a lighter bag because of its superior insulation. Inflation is a doddle - 90 seconds should do it.
This is a great mat. It is thick plus insulated with the synthetic microfiber in the baffles to avoid chill from the ground and it has bigger bolstering on either side to keep you on it offering superior comfort no matter what terrain you're sleeping on.
The inflation system is wonderfully designed. It has built-in pump which makes inflating faster and keeps lung moisture outside to keep the materials in good shape and deflates fast due to the large exhaust valve.
I love how small this pad rolls up - internal insulation does not seem to add any bulk when deflated.
I just came back from a winter hiking trip using the Synmat 7, and its been a great companion! I bought the LW version and it is a bit on the wide side for 3ppl in a 3ppl tent, but it worked. The temperatures went down to about -17 degrees Celsius and temp was never an issue. It's comfy and packs small. The only slight downside would be that it takes a little while to pump it up, and for the process to be faster you better unpack the mattress first and let it wait a while before pumping it for the pump to regain its function fully.
This is a really nice mat, but not quite perfect. I find the pump system to work fine, but it takes a bit more that "just 2 minutes" to get the mat fully inflated. Also, even when you get it "fully inflated" it's not really that stiff and it compresses visibly when laying on it. Perhaps others won't mind this, but i would like to be able to inflate it a tad bit more.
Other than that, it's very nice and comfortable, quite warm and packs down really nice and small.
As I've read on other forums, the only concern here will be reliability...so let's hope i won't have to use the included repair kit soon :)
I purchased the 'long wide' (LW) version of this mat. I'm 6'3" tall so I wanted something I could fit comfortably on. I'd previously used a Thermarest Prolite regular original 3 season (orange one). I wanted something more comfortable and I was prepared to have something a bit heavier. I was very impressed with the comfort of this mat, it's much more comfortable than the Thermarest, I could comfortable sleep on my side. It's a fair bit heavier than the Prolite but for my purpose I wasn't too worried about the extra 400g or so. It takes a little longer to inflate and deflate than the Thermarest, but the integrated pump works very well and avoids building up condensation inside the mat. I was concerned that the integrated pump might be lumpy, but it's impossible to notice it at all when sleeping on the mat.
Highly recommended, excellent sleeping mat.
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