The Exped Downmat Lite 5 is an ultralight expedition sleeping mat designed for warmth and comfort at temperatures down to -12°C. The mat is 5cm thick and filled with high quality duck down, this means that the downmat falls somewhere between a traditional airbed and a self inflating mat in terms of warmth and support. Plus, another massive advantage of the Downmat is that it can be packed much quicker and takes up a lot less space in your pack, making it ideal for the fast and light adventure racer and minimalist backpacker.
The Downmat Lite is inflated using the Mini Pump that is included. This mat has a single two way valve that the pump attaches to. The pump will inflate the mat in around one minute and should be used rather than blowing straight into the mat, as your breath contains moisture that may impair the down.
Similar to a sleeping bag, baffles between the mat's chambers eliminate cold spots and promote a stable and supportive air cushion. Light foam blocks at the mat's ends prevent down from escaping or migrating between chambers. The laminated polyester fabric is both durable and airtight. The top surface of honeycomb textured fabric provides superior slip resistance and comfort next to the skin. Seams and valves are all high-frequency welded (most secure method of fusing fabrics and materials) to ensure mat durability and integrity.
Exped Downmat Lite 5 Features:
- Combo flat valve for easy inflation and deflation
- Light foam blocks at the mat's ends prevent down from escaping or migrating between chambers
- Laminated polyester fabric is both durable, airtight and humidity resistant
- The shell's top surface is of brushed polyester fabric that provides excellent slip resistance and comfort next to the skin
- Light and warm: The DownMat Lite 5 has a R-Value of 4.1
- Includes stuff-sack and repair kit
|Medium||183 x 52 x 5cm||26 x 13cm||620g||4.1||-12°C|
|Long Wide||197 x 65 c 5cm||31 x 14cm||820g||4.1||-12°C|
Customer Reviews of Exped DownMat Lite 5
I've tried a lot of different sleeping mats over the years, Thermarest, Alpkit, foam. So far the Exped is the most comfortable of them. The insulation level is a real benefit and you don't find yourself slipping off in the middle of the night. The pump isn't as much of hassle as I had imagined either, in fact it works well and keeps the down dry and effective. So far very happy with it and at a good price.
I have had LW Downmat in my two Lapland-hikes and i would say the product itself has no flaws in it. It's light to carry and warm. I've had some troubles sleeping tho because I sleep on my side. So I wake up every night because of pain in either of my side and have to roll over and wake up again... There seems to be different experiences but my personal experience is that I must change to Synmat 7cm. Otherwise I highly recommend this mat for comfort, lightweight and to keep yourself warm.
I purchased the Exped Downmat Lite 5 for wildcamping as a replacement for my womens Thermarest mat. At age 46 I have osteoarthritis in both hips and found that as good as it is, the Thermarest just wasn't thick enough and left me in agony through the night. I was determined Not to let this condition stop me doing what I love and set about finding an alternative.I purchased the Exped Downmat Lite 5 (medium) after reading some great reviews. Having just returned from a weekend wild camping in the Cairngorms I have to say this is an excellent product - weight wise it is very light and fits into its own compact stuff sack.It is supplied with an inflation pump which makes blowing it up easy.The length is excellent - I'm 5'7 and the medium is a perfect fit. Once inflated this mat is so comfortable and is ideal to use even on uneven ground - you really can't feel the lumps and bumps. Having down in the mat also makes this the warmest mat I've had and youdefinitely can't feel any chill through it. Unlike the Thermarest you stay put on this mat even if, like me you toss and turn a lot! Deflation is easy using the same valve as inflation And if you fold the deflated mat into thirds length ways it rolls up pushing any excess air out. I can't fault this mat and its the only one that I've found that allows me to actually sleep pain free. If weight is an issue go for the small option however for me it was worth the extra grams to have my whole body on the mat.
I have not fully tested the mat outside but it worked perfect in my apartment :P It packs very small and are not to heavy for a long hike in the mountains.
One thing Exped could have thought of was that the pump vent on the mat is in some way in wrong place. I have to flip the mat up side down to be able to pump quickly. Else the air gets blocked by a twisted pump-pipe. Besides that, seems like a legit mat with good isolation!
I was looking for a light, sturdy sleeping pad with a small pack size to replace our big and bulky old school sleeping pads. Me and my wife are hiking and camping in the Swedish mountains together with our four small children, so weight and pack size are crucial to be able to bring everything. The Lite 5 really met my demands and made our outdoor family life easier. Before we decided we where a little worried that 5cm wouldn't be as comfy as Expeds 7cm pads. This was not an issue. I wasn't even close to feel the ground through the pad. The biggest positive surprise was the bigger side tubes, which really kept you in place while sleeping. I would really recommend this product to a friend.
I have used it one night so far, and I slept really good!
For my next trip I will drop the pump that comes with to reduce space, since it was easy (2min) to fill it with air manually.
The best part was to put it back in the back in the bag (my old self inflated Thermarest takes 5-10 min to get rid of all the air) this one took just 2-3 min).
Facewest note: Please note that we do not recommend inflating the Downmats by blowing in to them as this causes moisture from your breath to saturate the down - this will not then perform as well, losing insulation and possibly causing mould to form.
Brilliant product and real value for money, especially compared to other down mats in the Exped range. Takes approx 1.5 minutes of gentle handpumping to inflate fully with the included pump. The wide edge baffles are great at stopping you rolling off (a problem I've had with other mats) and it's super comfy and warm. The Exped Schnozzel pumpbag available separately is another great way of inflating the mat - see my separate review. All in all, a fantastic product and the usual brilliant service from Facewest.