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Rated5out of5byMelaniefromComparison of Mega Mat with other matsI bought and compared several camping mattresses and I think there is NO mattress on the market that is more comfortable than the Exped Mega Mat. For me it's literally twice as comfortable as anything else I tried. Especially for an older person with joint pain, the Mega Mat is as comfortable as camping is ever going to get. It has the perfect combination of support and micro-adjustable softness.
On a scale of 1-5, here's how I would rate the 5 mattresses I tried for sleeping comfort on the ground (as opposed to on a cot):
Intex Classic Downy....4
Exped SIM Comfort 10...3.5
REI Campbed 3.5........3
Exped Synmat 7 LW......2.5
Noticeably missing from that list are the Nemo Cosmo Air with Pillowtop and the Thermarest Dreamtime. Reviewers rate the Mega Mat higher than both of those and I agree.
MEGA MAT VS REI CAMPBED: I think the Mega Mat is clearly more comfortable than the Campbed for a discerning sleeper, which might include older folks and also larger or heavier people, and worth the extra money. The Campbed will probably be sufficient for a lot of people, especially those younger and smaller. One advantage of the Campbed over the Expeds is more comfortable top material (it's softer).
MEGA MAT VS EXPED SIM: You can save a bit of money with the Exped SIM, but again the Mega Mat is significantly more comfortable and worth the extra money. The main problem with the SIM is that you roll off the sides. The box sides of the Mega Mat entirely prevent that, and the REI Campbed also provides a stable sleep surface.
MEGA MAT VS EXPED SYNMAT 7: The Synmat 7 is as good as it gets for backpacking and kayak camping. I use it for those activities and give it a top rating. But if you have the space for the Mega Mat for car camping, it's much more comfortable.
MEGA MAT FOR COT? The actual measured width of the Mega Mat is 31". It does not fit on a 30" cot. It might fit on a 34" or 36" cot. For a 30" cot the most comfortable mattress I found was the REI Campbed 3.5".
BOTTOM LINE: The best value in car camping mattresses and the best choice for use with a cot is the REI Campbed 3.5. But if you camp a lot and can justify the cost, and you value a perfect night of sleep, go with the Mega Mat.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated5out of5byKuhl GuyfromBetter than my mattressThis pad is awesome! The quality is incredible and the comfort is the best I've ever had. If I could hike with it I would, however that is a bit much. For short hike to camp or car camping it is ideal. I use it at home when my back hurts and it also makes a great mattress for a guest if needed. The warmth is the most important reason I bought it. For winter tent camping it adds a level of warmth that makes the difference on a cold night. The size is a real plus too. It's large enough to allow you to move and adjust without getting cold or rolling off.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated5out of5byBadog65fromSweetJust spent a week at Door County doing some Small-mouth fishing. Never had a bad nights sleep. Very comfortable and easy to adjust. I did not slide off the pad at all. Some say that this sleeping pad is pricey. I say that sleep is priceless. This is the most comfortable sleeping pad I have ever owned in 35 years of camping. It seems extremely well built, but only time will tell. Great value for the money!!
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated5out of5byRiverjunkiefromWell Worth ItThis product is a great addition to my river trip camping package. It is big, it is heavy, it is more difficult to pack than smaller pads. It is also very comfortable, your bag doesn't slide around, you feel great in the AM. I really like the vertical sides - first time I've used a pad with that feature and love it - you really do get the full width of the pad - and it's wide. If like me you spend two or three weeks at a time in the outback and you have a vehicle or boat that can absorb the weight and size of this pad - get it. Inflation, deflation and roll up go as advertised. It will add about 5 minutes to your normal tent/bag/pad set up process. If you're a river rat it will also be a good idea to get one of the "long and skinny" dry bags like you use for a sun/rain shade or tent.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated5out of5byRP85fromExcellent for Car Camping!I use this mat exclusively as a car camping mat. For that application, it is excellent...it's almost like a bed! I used mine on a 3 week car camping trip last fall, and used it several times this winter on car camping trips.
My mat self inflates to about 3/4 full, then I top it off with about 2.5 schnozzel pump bags full of air, which is very simple. (The schnozzel pump bag does not come with this mat...I use the one I got with my Downmat UL 7.)
I then usually deflate the mat a little to my comfort. I lay on my back on the mat, then reach behind me to deflate the mat little by little until I feel my hips start to sink in a little so the mat fills in the small of my back...this is how I like it. Then I close the valve and it is ready for sleep.
There have been several times when I never added any air to it all...just let it self inflate then go to sleep on it just like that. However, since I always store my mat unrolled, with both valves open under my bed, my mat self inflates very well, to almost 3/4 full.
Your mat will probably not self inflate to the degree mine does if you store it deflated and rolled up in its stuff sack. Store it unrolled, with both valves open. Then it will self inflate like it should...
I highly recommend watching the instructional videos for this mat on the Exped Youtube channel, by the way. They are very helpful.
Also, the mat is actually about 31 inches wide...your elbows will not fall off the sides of the mat if you sleep on your back.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated4out of5byTraveling MfromExtremely comfortableCar camping only because of bulk.
Most comfortable sleeping pad I've ever used.
I wish it had a better inflation system as the pump is very slow, and self-inflating doesn't happen. I now leave it partially inflated.
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated3out of5bySaphirefromVery comfy but questionable durabilityI wanted a warm alternative to a Coleman air matress for car camping and also something that was easier to inflate. This mat is both of these things and also has a super luxurious foam top. It is extra wide so unlike my Therm-a-rest, I don't fall off of it. I have used it indoors as well as outdoors. The "pump" that comes with it is nice in that you can fill the mattress without electricity, but it is time consuming. Filling with an electric pump takes about 5 seconds. I got one for my partner and one for me and the nice thing is that you can hook the mats together with the included straps. At Christmas, however when we were sleeping on a relative's floor, my mat sprung a leak. After a couple attempts to reinflate, I ended up on the couch. I returned to REI and am getting another one, but I am a bit concerned that I'll have a similar experience, since this mat was less than a year old and was used very gently. Other than the leak, my only complaint is that the one way air release valve makes it difficult and time consuming to uninflate. Since it is an expensive pad and possibly not that reliable, only buy this if you can get a lifetime guarantee.
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated4out of5byjottohfromVery comfortable and high tech but...This is a great portable sleeping pad . Well made, good looking and reliable yet...once the amount of air is adjusted perfectly for you, feels EXACTLY like my REI-brand "Camp Bed XL". And the latter cost much less. I believe its because the Expeds extra half inch thickness offers no more comfort AND that the sleeping surface of the REI camp Bed XL is an amazingly soft material. I am still stunned I cannot tell which I am sleeping on. Kudos to Exped for a wonderful product, its just that the REI Camp Bed XL is less costly. To be comfy, order either pad. On a budget...get the REI Camp Bed XL. Both are amazing and are like sleeping at home. No kidding!
Date published: 2013-03-23
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Exped Comfort MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad Customer Reviews