UOG TOP PICK - Exped Synmat 7 Series Sleeping Mats - Best for Comfort with Low Weight and Packsize - We've singled out Exped's Synmat 7 series of Sleeping Mats as one of our top recommendations because the rectangular shape (rather than mummy) and larger tubes on the outer edges make the Synmats one of the most comfortable mats available despite a low weight and packsize.
Exped says: These airmats filled with syntectic fiber are comfortable, warm and lightweight. The mats pack down small thanks to exeedingly compressible microfiber.
The synthetic microfiber filling is laminated to both upper and lower sides of the mat which eliminates the loss of loft common to synthetic filled sleeping bags. As with the DownMats, lab testing was done at EMPA.
The SynMat 7 UL offers unmatched comfort and warmth at a minimal weight and packed size. Size M weighs only 470 g at size 183 x 52 cm and sumptuous 7 cm thickness and an excellent R-Value of 3.1. All this at the size of a ½ liter bottle.
Not quite as light or as packable as the Thermarest Neoairs, but with the Exped product you get a full sized rectangular mat with a higher thermal resistance rating than its peers and with Exped quality built in; such as the two valve construction, one for inflation, the other for deflation - makes both these processes fast and easy.
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We've tabled the various models of Exped mats below, so you can make a high level comparison. A few pointers though;
|Model (Medium i.e. Regular size used for reference).||Weight||R-Value||Insulation||Format||Pricepoint||Thickness|
|Synmat Hyperlite||344g||0.58||3 Season||Mummy||Cheapest||7cm|
|Synmat Winterlite||408g||0.86||3-4 Season||Mummy||Mid Price||9cm|
|Synmat 7 UL (Ultralight)||460g||0.55||3 Season||Rectangle||Mid Price||7cm|
|Downmat 7 UL (Ultralight)||565g||1.04||4 Season||Rectangle||Higher Price||7cm|
|Downmat Lite 5||610g||0.86||3-4 Season||Rectangle||Mid Price||5cm|
|Synmat 9 UL (Ultralight)||620g||1.06||4 Season||Rectangle||Mid Price||9cm|
|Downmat 9 UL (Ultralight)||720g||1.41||4 Season||Rectangle||Higher Price||9cm|
|Downmat 7||880g||1.04||4 Season||Rectangle||Higher Price||7cm|
|Downmat 9||980g||1.41||4 Season||Rectangle||Higher Price||9cm|
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||||Internal Insulation - The synthetic insulation in Expeds Synmat range is fixed to the inside top and bottom of each pocket making it spread evenly when the mat is inflated. This increases the insulation value of the mat.|
||||Oversized side tubes - The side tubes of a synmat are slightly oversize so that the user is cradled in the mat making it less likely that they will roll off.|
|WARRANTY|||||This product comes with a 2 year warranty for materials and construction. For more details see Exped website.|