Delivering four season warmth and comfort,
the Exped DownMat 7 is perfect for your next backpacking adventure. When you are looking
for a warm sleeping pad that this go-ing to pack down to be really small and is extremely
lightweight, but has a really high R value. There is a lot of features here going on that
are going to keep you uncomfortable and safe in the backcountry. First thing I want to talk about is the insulation
and how this keeps you warm from cold ground. This is filled with 750 plus premium goose
down. So this packs down to be really small. With that goose down it is very lightweight,
so that is going to give you a lot of thermal efficiency from the cold ground. It has an
R value of 5.9 and that is a really high R value for the weight of this sleeping pad.
And the down on the inside of this pad is ap-plied to the sleeping pad in a way that
when you inflate the pad, the down also gets lofty and also kind of inflates with the sleeping
pad. You don’t have unwanted shifting of down here, so you don’t have down that is
going to shift up and down the chambers. In fact, at the end of each chamber there are
little foam pads that don’t allow the down to move into other parts of the pad. So you
have really great even distribution of heat here. You don’t have to worry about that
down breaking down. And because you have an in-tegrated pump, you are not introducing
that moisture from your breath into the pad. So you don’t have to worry about that breaking
down the pad at all. And, in fact, the glues that are used to seal the pad and with the
baffles here are designed in such a way that any moisture that would make its way into
the pad isn’t going to break down those glues and also isn’t going to break down
the loft of that down. So there is a lot of technologies in there that are going to keep
you warm and that are going to last a long time. I mentioned the pump here. And it does have
an included pump. It is basically a piece of foam. It is very flexible foam and there
are two valves here. If I turn the pad around you can see there was two hand marks here.
So this is where that foam is in the pad. It doesn’t weigh a lot and, like I said, it
breaks down really easily, but you have got your inflation valve here. And as soon as
you push down on the foam, it is going to push the air from the foam into the pad. Like
I said, there is another valve, so you have got a purge valve here. When you need to deflate
the pad in the morning, you just pull that and the air just escapes really easily. So
you want to make sure that is closed when you are inflat-ing the pad. But, again, this allows you to inflate your
entire sleeping pad without having to use your breath. If you are on a long day of backpacking,
the last thing you want to do is sit there and inflate the pad by mouth and get light
headed, especially if you are at higher eleva-tions and especially if it is really cold. So this
is just really great innovation. One thing I will mention. When you do inflate
the pad, the last inflation there, when the rest of the pad is blown up is going to leave
the foam in this chamber a little bit deflated. And there is a little valve behind the scenes
here. You can’t see it, but you can feel it. It is right on the bottom of this pad.
And once you have your entire pad inflated, you just simply push on that and it is to
allow a little bit of air to come back into this chamber so that this can be fully inflated.
So that is one little helpful tip that I have found. But, over-all, it is really comfortable
mat. Again, really lightweight. The material on the top here isn’t noisy. It is a pretty
silent material. And there is even a little bit of texture on there so what when you put
your sleeping bag down onto it, it is not going to slide around. And the material is
very durable, but also very lightweight. Overall it is a completely airtight, long
lasting pad that is going to just deliver four season warmth with that high R value.
It is the Exped DownMat 7.