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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This bag / pump bag is a wonderful item that accomplishes several things quite effectively in one simple package:
- pump for my exped synmat (or any inflatable sleeping mat or raft)
- wet bag for stowing my electronics or books when i am out hiking in rainy conditions
It's extremely light and accomplishes both of these items perfectly. I always have it in my backpack
It's another well designed, well manufactured item from Exped.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this to inflate my SynMat UL. It works great for that. But that's not why I'm writing this review.
I have a 15� down sleeping bag, a motorcycle with curvy side cases, and a desire to travel.
The sleeping bag comes with a standard compression sack, the result of which is ? as with most compression sacks ? a super-compressed ball.
A firm ball is absolutely impossible to pack. I thought about getting one of the circumferential compression sacks instead, but then I'd just have a cylinder instead: still difficult to fit in a funny-shaped hard case.
Enter the PumpBag. It's huge, amorphous, and has an outlet valve. I stuffed the sleeping bag in the PumpBag, folded the end tight, and then effectively vacuum-packed the contents into a flat sheet by sitting on it. Great compression, and I can fold, roll, and otherwise conform the result to my panniers. No wasted space.
It wouldn't be much of an overstatement to say that the PumpBag saved my trip, at least from a packing perspective.
Here's hoping the seams hold for two weeks on the road!
If you use Exped pads this thing is mandatory gear.
I was disappointed with Exped new built in hand pumps.
With the optional attachment the schnozzel will fit any generation of Exped pad.
it inflates mats very fast, its ultralight. I highly recommend it.
New for spring 2012 is the Schnozzel Pumpbag. Doubling as an ultralight waterproof stuff sack, the Schnozzel Pumpbag is used to inflate Exped mats without integrated pumps, such as the DownMat UL 7, SynMat UL 7, SynMat Basic 7.5, AirMat Basic 7.5, AirMat Basic UL 7.5.
Weight: 60 g/2 oz
Capacity when used as stuff sack: approx. 45 liters
With the FlatValve adapter (available separately), Schnozzel Pumpbag can also be used to inflate Exped mats with integrated pumps.
Great multiple use gear!
I love multiple use gear where you don't end up sacrificing anything. This thing works so well as a pump, just fill it up and compress, only takes a few pumps. Plus it doubles as a super-lightweight, big dry bag. Personally I don't like taking multiple dry sacks, nor do I like taking massive pack liners. For me the 45L capacity (which is not stated on this page) is a perfect size to put sleeping bag, clothes and food in. And best of all you get it at no weight penalty: this weighs 70g while Sea to Summit's biggest dry bag weighs 65g and is only 35L!
Bottom line: if you own an Exped mat, get one! And ditch your old dry bags while you're at it.