Take the edge off winter camping and get some sleep already.
Sleeping on the snow can suck the heat out of any sleeping bag, but you retain more heat with the inflatable Exped DownMat UL 7 Sleeping Pad between your bag and the floor of your snow cave or frozen tent. This award-winning design unites the comfort of an inflatable sleeping pad with the most natural and effective insulation on the planet to ensure a good sleep for the harshest winter camping.
- Integrated stuff-sack pump inflates the mat within a minute
- Baffled design prevents cold spots and brushed polyester top fabric prevents sleeping bag migration throughout the night
- Laminated polyester on the bottom resists moisture and abrasions
- Seams are welded for durability
- Foam at both ends ensures down can't escape and loops near the head let you attach the included packsack as a pillow
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Winner of my comparison
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Disclaimer: This review is relevant to three-season use, as I haven't tested the UL 7 in cold conditions, and didn't buy it specifically for that.
I bought this along with the Big Agnes Q-Core and Dual Core models, all in LW. The Dual Core was out of the running immediately, as it was much larger than the other two packed up. I didn't even set it up. The Q-Core and DownMat I set up in the living room, sleeping on each for a night, and also using them for hours at a time reading, watching TV, anything involving sitting or laying down. I also left them inflated for a full week to see how they kept air. Both did great in all of these areas.
There are two reasons the UL 7 won. First, it is slightly lighter, and slightly smaller packed up than the Q-Core. For many, the weight and bulk difference may not overcome the steep price increase, as the UL 7 is significantly more expensive. I was willing to pay extra for the difference, and because of my next point below.
The second reason the UL 7 won is because of the outer tubes. Both of these mats have raised outer portions to keep the body on the mat I'm guessing. The Q-Core isn't a tube setup, but the baffles work the same way to create a guardrail setup out of the outer portion. The Q-Core is more pronounced than the UL 7, which may help some buyers decide. I didn't like the confining feeling I got from the more pronounced outer edge, but can see how some might actually prefer that. All said and done, the UL 7 gave me the packed size, light weight, and shape I wanted. Once I tried it, money was not a consideration for me anymore.
I love it
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I tried this pad on a recent trip and loved it. It is lightweight enough and it is SOOOO comfortable. It is thick so the terrain doesn't mess with your back while you sleep. The only downside is the price, but it is worth it.
Exped DownMat UL 7 Sleeping Pad
The Schnozzle bag makes this a piece of cake to inflate, and it's about as warm and comfy as they come. I feel like I'm on my mattress at home when I sleep on this thing. Love it.
The best things about this pad are the thickness, down, warmth, weight, stuff sack pump, and vertical baffles. The pad is nice and thick, so that any frozen rocks in the ground don't dig into your back. The down on the inside makes the pad nice and warm for those cold winter nights. This is lighter than the regular downmat, so I can use it for overnight snowshoeing or ski touring trips. Stuff sack pump inflates the pad in a very short amount of time. It makes it so much nicer not having to huff and puff to blow up your mattress. The inflate and deflate valves are one way, so that the air you put in won't come out the inflate, yet the air you push out through the deflate valve won't rush back in. The vertical baffles help keep you on the pad, which is nice. My two gripes are that the deflate valve sometimes gets a little stuck, so the pad doesn't deflate very quickly, and that the stuff sack for the pad is very difficult to get the pad back into. Other than that, great buy.
Inflating Exped Mats with Andy Brun
Andy Brun from Exped gives tips to inflate Exped mats with an integrated pump.
Deflating Exped Mats with Andy Brun
Andy Brun from Exped gives tips to deflate your mat
Exped DownMat UL 7
The DownMat UL 7 is an award winning sleeping mat that combines extremely high R-value, low weight and small stuffed size. With an R-value of 5.9, this mat represents the warmest lightweight sleeping mat available. DownMat UL 7 comes with the Schnozzel Pumpbag for rapid inflation and elimination of moist breath making its way into the mat.
The Exped DownMat is designed for use in extreme cold and because of it's outstanding insulating capability it also keeps cold sleepers warm in more moderate conditions.
The DownMat 7 LW in this video weighs 1110 grams/39 ounces and offers an R-value of 5.9.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I loved the ease of the stuff sack pump, it was even easy at 21000 ft. Three inflations and voila... Loved the mat, but don't heat it up in the sun or have it soft and kneel on it. The baffles can become unglued and then it sucks....
Which version of the DownMat 7 is this? ...
Which version of the DownMat 7 is this? Photo is for the integrated pump version, but weights listed seem to be for the 2012 UL model.
I haven't seen a ul with integrated pump so I believe this is the 2012
How does compare with the Xped synmat 7...
How does compare with the Xped synmat 7 with the built-in pump? I've used the synmat
over several summers in central america and was very comfortable...but am looking do some spring camping in yellowstone...don't want to get another xped if I don't need to...Can I pair it with a closed foam mat like the Thermarest Ridgerest?
The stuff sack pump works really well, much less frustrating than the built in pump. Probably a little lighter and warmer than your synmat..
I really like the inflation system and it is supper comfy! I have to say I haven't used it in the snow yet but will this summer in the Mountains.
I threw out my mattress at home.
Who need's bowling balls and glasses of wine? Just put two DownMats on the floor and be done with it! Snow, check. Ice, check. Surface of Pluto, check. This mat is warm, light, comfy, sleek . . . you get the idea. If you're going to be on snow, near snow, thinking about snow than this is the pad.
Best sleeping mat
After a season of use, I can truely say that this is far beyond what I expected. This has been used during long summer hikes, winterskiing in tents and snow caves, and in temperatures down to -20C, I have never been cold, and it is super comfy. Takes a while to fill with air, but the waiting time is well worth it! Reccomendable!