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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product All Around This is a great pad for 3 and 4 season backpacking trips. It packs down to a really nice, manageable pouch, and the foam pump is a brilliant solution for fast inflation. It holds air very well; my longest continuous use is two nights on one inflation, and I doubt it lost any air at all. In snow/ice camping situations your greatest pressure point might get a little cool through the night, but for the weight and price you'd have a hard time finding something better. Only other con is that it can slip around a bit at night, but if you're looking for a minimalist pad that's warm and comfortable, you can't go wrong with this.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy pad I appreciate small and light for backpacking and have used a 1.5inch lite core mummy pad but im never really comfortable as I move around a lot. i'm 6ft, 190. This solved that issue. I bought the large. It packs to same small size and weight as my mummy lite core but gives me full width and length comfort. pumping it up is easy with hand pump. It held full air all night and you wont roll off this wide pad. Very warm too. Now I just hope it holds up over long use and doesn't pop on an extended trip. it does come with repair kit so that gives me some piece of mind.
Date published: 2013-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Side baffles are uninsulated Overall I like this pad -- however, it has a serious limitation for cold weather. The side baffles are completely uninsulated. I spent a very cold night periodically waking up and shifting my body away from whichever side baffle I'd ended up against. The low temp was 22 degrees (note: I am a very cold sleeper). I also found that there was less down in one end of the pad than the other -- I suspect it was the foot end that night because my feet were very cold that night, despite two pairs of socks and insulated booties. Next time I'll flip the pad around. Other than the insulation issues, I've found the pad to be very comfortable to sleep on -- I'm a side sleeper. If you are sticking to moderate temps, this pad will likely be fine. I will need to find a better pad solution for sleeping when it's below freezing.
Date published: 2015-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Most comfortable pad I have slept on Exped's DownMat Lite 5 LW is the warmest most comfortable sleeping pad I have tried yet. It uses 650 fill duck down inside air chambers to insulate the sleeper from the ground. One point that should be made early on is that it is designed to be used on snow and in cold weather, but I have used it in hot jungle climates too and it works exceptionally well in both climates. It is water proof so the down doesn't get wet and loose loft, the down however is not treated so they recommend never using your breath to inflate the mat because the humidity can ruin the down and create mildew so they include a small foam hand pump or "snozzel" bag to inflate the mat. One of the best things about this mat is you will not feel the ground no matter how you sleep front back or either side and it is thick enough to hold you off the ground. One last note is that it does come with a repair kit in a pocket on the stuff sack.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from firm and warm I had told a vertical pad run is not good to side-sleeper. however, i didn't have any problem and comfortably slept. It did provide warm-fuzziness at the same time firmness. Pump is easy to use and easier than mouth blow but getting air out was a bit hassle and get all the feather to the head region of the pad. I am hoping those feathers would evenly get distributed next time I pump up.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My overnight, backyard test. Let me start by describing the conditions under which this item was used. It was placed in a four-season tent which was pitched over a packed foot-and-a- half of snow, which, for all intensive purposes, was pretty much a solid block of ice. The outside temperature was in the single digits and the tent had frozen snow on the outside and a skim of frost on the inside walls. The sleeping bag placed on it was rated 0 degrees, F. For the first half hour to hour and a half, the comfort seemed to be OK, or acceptable, but gradually, the cold came up through the floor. I must say, though, it was not as bad as it could have been. It was just enough to be noticeable,- to keep me awake. Apart from that, this mat has a lot going for it and I'd highly recommend it for any other time of the year, for the reasons that I checked off, above. I have no doubt that it would be "warm" for the other three seasons.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally cushy. Top 3 comfort item. I've used a closed cell ultralight (but bulky) pad for years and supplemented it with a cheap, heavy but effective inflatable. The Exped changed the game. Warm, comfortable, easy to use. It lets me run a lighter summer bag in the shoulder seasons. I'm to the point in life where if I can get a good nights sleep, I can survive anything on the trail. I can never go back. I will be interested to see how durable the product is. It appears to be pretty solid but I will be treating it much gentler than my zlite i.e. not sitting on it around fire or drying off on it by the creek or sharing it with my dog. Small price to pay for extreme comfort. Love the slightly larger side tubes to keep you from rolling off. More "skid-resistant" than I expected in that sleeping bag doesn't slide to the bottom. Initially, it seems like it will take forever to inflate with included pump but then, all of a sudden, its inflated and done! Also, it actually fits in the included stuff bag.
Date published: 2013-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable and warm This sleeping pad is awesome. It's super warm, decently light, very comfortable and a good price. We switched to these because the REI lite-core pads we had were no good. As the night got colder the air in them would contract, and we ended up on the floor, freezing cold, every time. (There was no puncture either, trust me we checked). These pads are great. They pump up with lots of air, so you never get any "deflation" unless there is actually a puncture (which only happened once, was totally my fault, and was really easy to repair). As an added bonus, because they pump up so high, they even out all those small hard lumps on the ground, making them very comfortable to sleep on. They are also very warm. I get *very* cold at night, but with this pad plus a good Marmot sleeping bag and some thermal layers, I'm toasty warm. I'm 5' 8", my boyfriend is 5' 10", we both use a size medium, it fits like a charm. I occasionally slide down the end if we're camping on uneven ground, but I never fall off the sides. I can't recommend them more. I think they provide excellent comfort and warmth for their price and weight.
Date published: 2014-07-09
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Questions & Answers

 Can I inflated by simply blowing into it without the pump? 

Asked by: Annie
​It would be difficult to inflate the pad without the included pump.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-07

How heavy is the mini pump and what are the dimensions?

Asked by: titanonica
The Exped MiniPump weighs about 1.7 ounces and has packed dimensions of 6.3 inch height by 2 inch diameter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-30

How long does this take to inflate? to deflate?

Asked by: Susan
​We're sorry, that information is not available.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-11

How should this may be stored?

Asked by: RachelS
We recommend laying this pad out uninflated with the valves open; under a bed works great. If laying it flat is not an option, store the pad loosely rolled in a large storage sack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-07

Is this a good pad (well insulated) to use in the winter?

Asked by: Madu
​This pad is a great choice for winter camping.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-07

Can the snozzel bag be used on a sleeping pad that has a mini pump built in?

Asked by: JWeddle
The Schnozzel does not work on Exped sleeping pads that have an integrated pump. The DownMat Lite 5 has an external pump so the Schnozzel does work with this pad's valve.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-10
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