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Exped's SynMat 7 isn't the warmest mat that the company makes (that'd be the DownMat 7), but it's more affordable, and its 4.9 R value is still warmer than most traditional air pads. The secret is the SynMat's Texpedloft Microfiber synthetic insulation, which insulates you from the ground, as well as the mat's nearly three-inch height, which makes sure you don't get too close to the cold turf. The SynMat is made from tough polyester that's been treated with a TPU laminate to repel water, and it comes with a repair kit and easy pack sack that lets you slip it easily into your pack when you're hitting the trail.
- Polyester fabric
- TPU laminate
- Texpedloft Microfiber synthetic insulation
- 4.9 R value
- Pack sack
- Repair kit
- Item #XPD002U
- Q & A
Not stoked on the hand pump...
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This Exped Synmat 7 is awesome. It is quite thick, so I am comfortable sleeping on my side. I would suggest blowing it up with your mouth as much as you can, and then moving to the hand pump to adjust the firmness. Otherwise it takes forever to blow up with just your hands! I haven't used it in the cold, but based on how thick it is, I think it would do great. It also packs down reasonably small. It's not ultralight gear, but that makes it better for durability in my opinion.
Great pad, great company!
I've purchased multiple pads from Exped before. Very comfortable, very reliable, as well as very durable and insulates well. Unfortunately one of my pads had a manufacturer defect, where the seams started coming apart for some reason. No worries though, I just sent it in with my receipt and was able to get a replacement with no problems! Excellent service!