Exped SynMat UL 7 Air Padis rated4.0811out of5by37.
Rated4out of5byMontana StevefromSuper comfortable mat, restful sleepSynmat will be used for: trekking, backpacking, winter camping.
Benefits: Enlarged outer chambers to minimize roll off. Minimal noise, easy to inflate/deflate. Minimal size.
Have owned other mats previous to the UL 7. Thickness ranging from 1.5 inches to 2.8 inches This mat has been the most comfortable.
Thickness is substantial compared to my Thermarest prolite plus.
Minimal noise when shifting compared to the Neo Air.
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated4out of5byMNTransplantfromFantastic Luxury For BackpackingI have sleeping problems camping. Mostly, I predominantly sleep on my stomach. Sometimes on my side, but never my back. I'm also a large (I think average) guy, 6 ft 210 lbs. I used foam pads for years, but never slept well, as my weight would compress them to the ground. I'd wake up with sore joints, or toss and turn endlessly through the night. That sets you up for a rough day of hiking. This pad was the perfect remedy.
I can sleep on my side or stomach, never pushing through to the ground. The pad inflates to a perfect thickness, it offers support and comfort, without being too large. The insulation keeps me warm, even on a few nights where frost covered the ground and tents. The pad is a bit slippery, but you do have to be mindful of which way you put up and down, as it does matter. On cold nights, you'll know immediately when you slip off.
It is a bit heavier than I would have liked, though that's a small price to pay for what you get. It takes some work to inflate it yourself, but that cuts down on the weight compared to self inflating models.
I've had no issues with durability yet, though it's not been used long enough to really make a judgement.
If you're at all like me, then somethings are worth a bit of extra weight. Sleep is one of them.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated5out of5byMarinenjfromNumber one!Great pad, I tried many others including the top of the line therma rest. However they are too noisy for me and I like to sleep on my side. I was going to purchase the synmat with the down stuffing but I did not like the bulk and internal pump. The synmat with the schnoozle is easy to pump and I slept through the night!
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated4out of5bySmackyfromGood so far....I have only been using this for a year so far, but have not had any issues. I got this because I have evolved from your basic self inflatable therma rest pad styles, to something that gives you real space between the ground when sleeping.
That extra couple inches really makes a difference when its cold outside, or you are sleeping on hard surfaces. I am a 225lbs 5'11 guy and use the Xtra Large model and sleep much better now.
I am always skeptical of inflatable gear, but so far the quality of the materials seems very durable and well made. I keep waiting for something to happen, but I dont put this on anything right now but a covered shelter floor to extend the life. Its light and easy to pack away, and worth the extra comfort after hiking for days having sore hips/legs and back.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated2out of5byoutdoorsykindaguyfromGreat idea but....I was super excited to here about this small...light weight pad with insulating power of a much heavier larger pad. I took it with me on one backpack trip, was being as carful as possible, but already had a small hole in it. I put it in the tub, found the hole, and fixed it. Since then I have car camped with it in the back of my padded bed of my truck. After two nights I woke up to a flat pad around 3 in the morning. Got home, tried and tried to find hole with water to no avail. Let it sit for two days inflated and it didn't loose any air. Took it once again to use in the back of my truck and the same old story. I guess the hole is so small it only deflates when one is laying on it. It is also so small that I cant find the hole after hours of trying. It is just too fragile IMO.. I wouldn't trust in being out for 3-5 day trips. I'll go back to the therma rest.
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated4out of5byearlefromGood for a second time around.My first Exped 7 separated at one of the mid seams. REI made good on the warranty and I am enjoying this one. If it also separates there may quality issues with the pad. I do love the light weight and comfort.
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated5out of5bySommerSpringfromGreat for side sleepers!I've used this a few times now in varied conditions, and I have to say that this pad is excellent for side sleepers! I'm one of those sleepers who turns over all night, and this past summer I decided to try a new pad, since I was getting sick of my old Thermarest resulting in numb arms.
Plus: GREAT for side sleepers. I feel like I actually have something that supports my shoulders, and I don't wake up with numb arms. Also, because of the long tubes, I don't slide off the mat when I roll around at night. Overall, it's very comfortable and warm (with the insulation). It also rolls up much smaller than my old mat and is easy to pack. I'm super weight conscience and this pad affords me a lightweight and easily packed option.
Con: It's kind of a process to fill up. I find that at high altitudes that I need to do it in stages, because otherwise I get a little lightheaded :)
Overall it's totally worth the $$, especially for side sleepers who generally have a hard time with pads that were really made for non-moving back sleepers.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated1out of5byMikeStanfillfromBaffles keep separating.I am on my second mat, and just like the first, the baffles are separating. It'll be going back to REI as soon as I get home. Such a useless mat when it's shaped like a log.
Date published: 2013-09-20
Ask a question and have it answered by REI product experts and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Need immediate assistance? Use Live Help.