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You’ll forget you are in the depths of winter.

You no longer have a reason to shiver or cuss at the world when you’re stuck in a cramped, snow-cave or tent in the middle of winter; you have the Exped DownMat Sleeping Pad underneath your body. The highly compressible warmth of 700-fill goose down will send you to never-never land in no time. Not to mention the baffled insulation chambers make cold spots a thing of the past.
  • Integrated pump and rubber gasket eliminate the need for failure-prone valves
  • Stuff sack and repair kit for quick field maintenance
  • All 7 Pump pads have a temperature rating of -11 degrees Fahrenheit (-24 degrees Celsius)
  • All 9 Pump pads have a temperature rating of -36 degrees Fahrenheit (-38 degrees Celsius)

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4 5

Used mine on Cho Oyu

I have had owned two Exped DownMat 7s. First was given to me by Exped to try out when i was living in Whistler Canada. It survived two winter season of backcountry skiing, staying in huts, tents, Bivy Bags and even under the stars. It was brilliant! Brought it home to Australia and first trip out in warmer weather, the internal baffles broke and the mat wouldn't stay blown up. In the end I had to throw it out. I rang a few friends in the industry and they all said, if you leave it in the tent during the day, when you are off skiing or climbing to let the plug out so it can deflate. This will prevent pressure building up during the day as temperature rise (particularly in a tent). So I bought another one and it has worked perfectly since then. I took it to Nepal and used it for a month climbing smaller 6-6500m peaks and it was brilliant. I then took it with me on my Cho Oyu Expedition and used it as my high camp mat (with a Z-rest) right up to camp 3 at 7200+m. At that altitude is was easier to pump than blow a mat up, it was always warm and very comfy. I was planning to take it to Everest this year but unfortunately all my gear got stolen and had to postpone it till next next (luckily in the end). Will certainly buy another one (and one for my wife). Just remember to let it down in the morning. I small price i believe for a great night sleep.

what is the height recommendation for a...

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what is the height recommendation for a small?

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The 7 short is not meant for any specific height. It is a 3/4 length mat, meaning your legs will hang off the end. Most ultralighters who use this size are serious gram savers. They throw a pack under their legs to stay off the ground.

Unless you measure your pack weight in grams rather than ounces (or with the current sale, are looking for a bargain), I would steer you towards the 7 or 9 pump or deluxe. The difference between the 7 and 9 is temp, and the difference between the pump and the deluxe pump is length. I would recommend the longer length if you are over 6' and don't mind the extra weight.

Hope this helps! Stay Warm!

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Blown Baffles. Didn't last a season, and Warranty replacement is a joke. They offered me a Synmat 7 LW to replace my Downmat 7 S...
Note: this wasn't purchased from backcountry.com and the warranty issue has no relationship to backcountry.com

Quality??

Quality??

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Had this mat for all of 7 months. Not even a full season. Getting a warranty replacement has been near impossible. Baffles have blown. Tried to get through another planned trip and just make due. The mat is unusable. Expensive piece of garbage.

2 5

Great idea but.....

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was super excited to here about this small...light weight pad with insulating power of a much heavier larger pad. I took it with me on one backpack trip, was being as carful as possible, but already had a small hole in it. I put it in the tub, found the hole, and fixed it. Since then I have car camped with it in the back of my padded bed of my truck. After two nights I woke up to a flat pad around 3 in the morning. Got home, tried and tried to find hole with water to no avail. Let it sit for two days inflated and it didn't loose any air. Took it once again to use in the back of my truck and the same old story. I guess the hole is so small it only deflates when one is laying on it. It is also so small that I cant find the hole after hours of trying. It is just too fragile IMO.. I wouldn't trust in being out for 3-5 day trips. I'll go back to the therma rest.

I am 6ft tall whar size do you recomend...

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I am 6ft tall whar size do you recomend for me?

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My dad is your same height and bought a medium of a comparable mat and was miserable. Definitely go for the LW, you'll be much happier with the extra 5.5 inches (in length).

5 5

great mat, med is definitely med

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm right at 6'. Sending back to get the tall/wide. GREAT MAT. Just was trying to save a bit on the weight and I don't quite trust the UL. I have the synmat 7 l/w and was hoping this one would work. Nope, but I am getting the large.

4 5

A+ customer service

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had a downmat 9 for almost 2 years now. It went to the top of Denali with me and kept me toasty warm. I'm guessing Luke (with the pictures above) had a leak or didn't have it inflated all the way. My experience in -15F at 17k feet was very comfortable.

Notes:
*Mat is just the right length for someone 5'10 or shorter. Over that, get the long.
*Width is just perfect for me (I have wide shoulders and wear a small t-shirt - just barely :-)
*It does take a long time to inflate, especially at altitude. Uncorking the hand pump and the deflate valve and letting it sit for a while before inflating does help a lot
*I had three different baffles on my pad burst, but Exped was SUPER great on the customer service and mailed me out a new one almost immediately. They really stand behind their products.
*Downmat 9 is probably too heavy for even most winter camping. Save the weight and go with the 7 unless you are doing expedition.
*The shell is really tough. I have no worries about ever popping it on something.

5 5

Mmm down

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I used to work at a shop where we sold these pads and remember thinking how nice they were with down. I bought this pad primarily for my wife as it's temperature rating is a little better than my synmat. I do like that the baffles are a little smaller than on my pad which makes them less noticeable. The internal pump is effective at quickly inflating the pad. It packs well considering its lined with down. Used it above 10,000ft in late summer, worked excellently, would be good for 4 seasons I imagine. I like the top texture also that an the slightly larger side baffles seem to keep slippery sleeping bags in place very well.

5 5

luxury sleep at its finest

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a 9 dl and a 7 short, which both give an awesome sleep in any season. Kind of like sleeping on top of a comforter in summer and with a double sleeping bag in winter. I did have one weld blow but exped's customer service was awesome and fixed the situation in a couple weeks. For light trips I use a z rest or prolite S, which work fine, but if I want to enjoy the sleep rather than a climb or ski, I take a downmat. The 9 is for car or bike camping, and the 7 S, combined with a pack-pillow, is for backpacking and climbing. I took the 9 on an alpine climb, hit rock pretty hard on a tricky transition, and had a peaceful sleep because of the pad, and was able to get down. If I had a prolite I honestly am not sure I would have gotten enough rest to have a safe descent on a class 4 route.

5 5

Took this up Denali.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros: Ridiculously Warm.
Cons: Tough to stuff into stuff sack.

This is a great mat. The pump does take a while to inflate the mat, but even at 17,000 feet I felt the effort required to pump it was well worth the comfortable night sleep. I coupled this with a Marmot CWM -40 degree bag, so I was toasty the entire trip (-20F was as cold as it ever was in the tent).

My buddy had the downmat 7. That worked well for him. In hind sight, I would probably use the downmat 7 and save some weight. These things are so warm it would have to be ridiculously cold before you would be uncomfortable. We did bring foam mats (and used them with this mat) for use in an emergency in case our Expeds popped.

Another thing I love about these mats is that they really hold their air. We stayed at 14,000 feet for three consecutive nights and I never had to re-inflate the mat.

One bad thing about the mat is that they are very difficult to get back in the stuff sack. The way the pump is situated, it can be difficult to get all of the air out of the mat. You absolutely must take off your gloves to stuff this mat, and if you are using this mat in the sub-zero temperatures it is intended for, your hands will freeze. Tearing down camp and all of the stuffing that goes with it is a real pain.

Also, I've been backcountry camping with my wife and kids for years. We've slowly graduated from foam pads to smaller air pads and finally found the Exped mats. We all have one of the yellow summer mats and finally sleep well in the backcountry. Exped has taken backcountry comfort to a whole new level.

Inflation Exped Mat

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Inflating Exped Mats with Andy Brun.

Exped DownMat Series

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Innovative Exped DownMat Series inflatable sleeping pads are ready-made for 4-season use. A built-in pump makes inflation simple and 700-fill goose down insulation delivers extreme warmth.

Deflating Exped Mats

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Andy Brun from Exped gives tips to deflate your mat

Exped DownMat

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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.

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