Add the SynMat UL to your ultralight arsenal.
The ultralight SynMat UL provides some serious insulation when you're counting grams and cutting the tags out of your undies to cut weight. The welded baffles of the SynMat are filled with microfiber insulation to eliminate cold spots and provide a comfortable night's sleep in the backcountry without going over on grams.
- Ultralight material provides abrasion and puncture resistance
- Compresses to the size of a 1/2-liter water bottle for easy packing and transport
- 2011 Outdoor Gold Award from OpPad in Sleeping and Innovation category
- Stuff sack and repair kit for quick field maintenance
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Share your thoughts
Replaced my prolite with this
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I also own a prolite pad which I think is great for packed size and durability but it was no where thick enough to constitute a good night sleep. I've had a crush on Exped pads for a while now but we've been kept apart tell now because of price (they are rather spendy). I bought the synmat UL for me and the downmat for my wife. I like that mine packs smaller while still having plenty of 'cush', I like her's a little more because it's a little less slippery with my mummy bag and her's has larger side baffles than center one's which keep the sleeper in place better. I definitely sleep better now camping. The construction has yet to really prove it's self but gives the impression of not being quite the quality of a Therm-a-rest.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Packs down to the size of a gatorade bottle and very comfortable. I was a concerned about durability when I bought it but have had no issues. I even backpack with two dogs who walk all over and have not had any problems. I have only used in temps down to the mid-30's but It worked fine at that level with a 20 degree rated bag. The weight/size to comfort ratio is off the chart for this thing. Even at $100+ well worth the price. Also doesn't have the noise issues that the therm-a-rest UL pads have
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Super light.. (the first one I got was defective and BC sent me a new one lickety split)
I would definitely suggest testing it a few nights at home before you go out into the Forrest. One downside is that the cornbread yellow color shows dirt that you will inevitably pick up whilst backpacking. The stuff sack breaks too, but it's not crucial. The long tubes could be better if they were more quilted like the big agnes q-core, but this pad is way lighter than that one too.
Exped SynMat UL
sleep like a baby
I've used this sleeping pad on three backpacking trips so far and love this pad. Prior to this purchase I've been relying on on a combination of a z-rest pad and a 3/4 length ultralight thermarest for my sleeping solution. The ridgerest for warmth and the thermarest for "comfort". I've switched to using just the exped and it rocks! Much more comfortable than the combination of the other two. And it's lighter and packs smaller. It's much easier to compress than the thermarest. I also boght the inflator bag and it takes about 4 iterations to inflate it (about 3 minutes - I'm not racing) The only downside is it's louder than the other pads were. Kind of a squeaky/crunchy sound, but doesn't keep me awake (or wake me up) after a day on the trail. Haven't had any leaks, so I don't know what repairing it would be like.
what pump are you cats using to inflate...
what pump are you cats using to inflate this synmat ul 7 ? many thanks!!
Schnozzel or the pillow pump.
Schnozzel- Granite's video below
Pillow Pump- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGIi7Of2ZFU
Plan C- good, old-fashioned lung power
Bought the UL 9 Version
I have a UL 7 in regular and in LW and tried the UL 9, in regular (it is listed in the options). The UL 9 M is 21.9oz vs the 20.9oz UL 7 LW. The UL 9 is much bulkier when packed, is very hard to fit into the included bag, whereas the UL 7's are easy. The UL 9 is undeniably warmer and more comfortable, I just did not expect the bulk! Also, the valve on the UL 9 is different, it makes a really loud farting sound when inflating. I would recommend the UL 7 unless you want the warmth and are using the Pump bag to minimize the farting :) I think backcountry.com should separate the 2 thicknesses as separate products.
I've had 2 of these - both had problems
One ended up with thousands of small holes due to faulty material, while the replacement the baffle blew creating one large baffle from two baffles. I looked after both as per instructions. Thermarest have been better!
Inflating Exped Mats with Andy Brun
Andy Brun from Exped gives tips to inflate Exped mats with an integrated pump.
Exped Schnozzel Pumpbag
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.
SynMat UL 7
SynMat UL 7 is designed for the ultralight backpacker, cyclist, traveler or anyone who needs sleeping comfort and warmth with a minimum of weight and bulk. Kaj shows us the details.
Deflating Exped Mats with Andy Brun
Andy Brun from Exped gives tips to deflate your mat
The whole package
This mat has it all, and it should for its category leading price. The size, weight, comfort, and included repair kit are the main selling points and aren't equalled by any other mat I've seen. My backpacking buddy uses a Thermarest that's larger, warmer, and thicker, and I always look at it with a little envy when setting up camp, but when packing my bag or wearing my backpack, I'm always thankful I bought this. I've used it in sub-zero conditions, on multi-night backpacking trips, car trips, and even for guests at my house and my hips and shoulders never touch the ground while using it (even sleeping on my side). Proper inflation level is key, so figure out what's best. No rips or leaks, easy and quick to fill and deflate, and doesn't make as much noise as a Thermarest.
Buy the Schnozzle Pumpbag
- Gender: Male
I have a Reg UL and a LW UL and I wouldn't go any where with out one. If I'm hiking or kayaking with my OR Advanced Bivy I use the regular size as it gives me a little more room, otherwise I use my LW for everything else. I like the extra comfit of the LW. I would highly recommend getting the schnozzle pump bag. I also have a Synmat7 Reg with the built in pump and using the pump bag I can fill the LW UL in a quater of the time it takes me to pump up the Synmat. You can also use the pumpbag as a dry bag to keep your mat in while hiking. I have had the reg UL for over a year and have used it in some pretty nasty places with just a tarp and no ground sheet (expecting to wake up on hard ground) but still no punctures. The material is a lot tougher than it looks. In summer I use a Therm-a-rest fitted sheet on my mats (a lot cheaper and easier to purchase than the Exped fitted sheets) as I don't like the mat material touching my skin, it can get a little clammy but the fitted sheet fixes that issue.
Great year round mat.
Fantastic pad, but a bit pricey
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The ExPed Synmat UL 7 is one of the best sleeping pads I have ever used. The weight of the pad is perhaps the lightest you can go while maintaining the signature comfort of the ExPed brand. The 2.8 in. that the Synmat UL 7 provides is more than enough to keep you off the ground, and the insulation is quite enough to keep you warm all the way down to freezing temperatures.
In comparison to the Therm-o-Rest XLite pad, the ExPed contests weight-wise, without sounding like an opened bag of potato chips. With they SynMat UL 7, you get maximum comfort with minimum weight. Try it. You'll see what I'm talking about.
In short, the ExPed UL 7 is my favorite sleeping pad that I have used, and I am, without a doubt, going to continue to use ExPed products in the future.
Best mat yet inented
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After much research, my wife and I decided to try the Synmat UL 7 with an eye toward our next major trip, which was a 3-week backpacking trip through the Yukon.
We tested the mats in Colorado and Utah all summer and loved them, but the real test was cold, wet weather in the Yukon, which was almost a daily occurrence. These mats kept us aloft in soft, elevated warmth no matter what the temperature.
We did get a bit of condensation build up due to the general dampness of the trip, but I called Exped customer service and they gave us detailed instructions on how to rid the moisture from the mats. We did as they suggested and it worked great.
By far the most comfortable, convenient and lightweight/packable sleeping pad I've ever used. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone.
best pad ive tried
Ive tried a number of pads, im not going to name them all, but I like this one the best. Its actually very warm and it does feel wider than any neo-air!
Whats seals the deal is the valve system, it seems too complicated but its genious.
Packs Down Small
Exped Ul7 side by side with a 32oz Gatorade.
Best Sleep Ever While Backpacking
Can't even describe how much more comfortable this sleeping pad is than my Thermarest, which i purchased only 2 years ago. The level of comfort is out of this world. It packs down to nothing, so it fits in my pack and stays dry! I used to have problems with waking up in the middle of the night because my hip hurt from hitting the ground through my women's specific Thermarest Plus. Not even an issue with this pad. It is pricey, but a solid night's rest is worth the extra money!
I camped for 5 days in Moab. It was extremely comfortable. I've spent many years of sleeping on self inflating pads and always waking up with my hips hurting because I sleep on my side. I did not have this issue at all with this pad. I did not feel the ground at all. Now I want one for myself!!