Exped Down Airmat

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Edvardus
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Exped Down Airmat

Postby Edvardus » 20 Aug 2009, 12:05am

Has anyone got any experience of using the Exped Down airmat - either 7 or 9 cm models?
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climo
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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby climo » 20 Aug 2009, 9:13am

Yes, 9cm extra wide. They are great, best nights sleep in a tent in 40 years of camping.
I always sleep on my side so not feeling the ground at all and avoiding the crushed shoulder and hip feeling after a few hours is a real benefit. The downside is that this model doesn't pack up small and is bigger than my sleeping bag and as usual I can't get it back in it's bag easily, if at all.

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julk
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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby julk » 20 Aug 2009, 9:29am

+1
Really good to sleep on. Three sizes, two depths available.
Comfortable air bed with insulation which stops cold striking up from a cold/waterlogged floor under you.
Chair kit extends the usefulness by providing more protection to the mat and letting you sit up in the tent to read in a 'chair' which warms up behind and under you!

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CREPELLO
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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby CREPELLO » 20 Aug 2009, 10:10am

What's their advantage over a Thermarest self inflating mat?

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julk
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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby julk » 20 Aug 2009, 4:24pm

I have a Thermarest Prolite mat as well, it is good, but in a direct comparison the Exped is warmer and more comfortable.
When left to choose which mat to use, the Thermarest is last choice for my lads.

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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby Edvardus » 20 Aug 2009, 8:55pm

Thanks guys. I guess that as I'm "advancing in years" (!), overnight comfort is of greater importance to me than weight or space pruning. Not being able to sleep properly due to cold or discomfort affects your ability to cycle the next day, as well I know. Up to now, the mats I've had have required the addition of a piece of closed-cell foam over them as the air gets colder in the mat thru the night, so being able to carry just the one item will save space and probably some weight. Julk - thanks for the info about the chair kit - certainly beats trying to sit upright in a tent.
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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby p_pitstop » 24 Aug 2009, 12:55pm

After changing from a Thermarest to a Downmat I now refuse to camp without it. I'm not that old but still get fairly creaky sleeping in a tent and it gives the best nights sleep. It does not pack that small but the bag is waterproof so can be strapped to the rack. After 3 months continual use mine got a puncture (NOT a good night) but it was returned and replaced at no cost.

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Re: Exped Down Airmat

Postby Graham » 24 Aug 2009, 2:45pm

In my youth I used just a Karrimat.
Then I moved on to a Thermarest.
In recent years I had to start using the Karrimat AND the Thermarest together ( a comfortable, but bulky combination).

About 18 months ago I bought a Downmat 7 which very comfortable ( and a lot less bulk). That one was the old model, with an external pump/stuff sack.
Alas, it gradually lost the ability to hold pressure such that it would barely last the night without dumping me on the ground.
Now I have the new Downmat 7, with an internal pump and new type of "plugs". This has no problem holding pressure.

I would recommended it to all who have difficulty sleeping on the ground.

PS. It can be a bit noisy when adjusting ones position on it.