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Rated 5 out of 5 by from like sleeping in a bed I bought this pad 3 years ago and have used it more times than I can count in every kind of weather. I know how miserable it is to be cold while trying to sleep in the mountains. This pad ended all sleep problems for me. The insulation is amazingly warm, the pad inflates and deflates fast and with little effort, and it is very comfortable. I realize the 2.5 lbs carry weight is relatively heavy but I have no problem with that if I know I'll sleep well. It is expensive but is very durable and I plan on using this for at least another 10 years.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best on the market In 2015, I paddled across Canada by canoe from Montreal to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories (Arctic Circle). It was an adventure of 7000 km (4400 miles), 175 days and 117 portages. During this epic expedition, we lived the 4 seasons, the rain, the storms, the cold, the snow and the rugged terrain. When you spend as much energy, sleep becomes particularly important. The Exped Downmat 9 sleeping pad is by far the best I've had the opportunity to use. It is wide and offers the possibility of turning without having half the body on the ground. It is thick and it is great if the soil is wet, because the sleeping bag remains dry by being really higher than the ground. It is a very warm sleeping pad with one of the highest R rating. Despite this, I used it during the great summer heat and it was very comfortable. The comfort is such that you sometimes feel like you're not camping. It is very expensive, but honestly, it is worth it. Moreover, the guarantee is excellent and of a long duration. In 2016, I used the same sleeping pad on my 70-day and 3200-kilometer (2000 mile) expedition on the Yukon River (British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska). This sleeping pad has all my confidence. So I used my Exped Downmat 9 for 250 days on sometimes very uncomfortable soil and I experienced no problem or breakage. I must say that I treat my equipment with great sweetness and delicacy. If you are sometimes rough with your equipment and you wish to let yourself fall on your sleeping pad without worrying, like all the other sleeping pads on the market, it will eventually break. Once in its carrying bag, it is perfect for canoe-camping expeditions in terms of volume and weight. A little long to inflate, but with the bag, it lighten the task. It is certainly the sleeping pad that I will bring with me during my next long canoe expedition in 2018. From source to sea : Missouri-Mississippi River.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny This pad is more comfy than my expensive mattress. I can sleep in four seasons in any conditions comfortably with this pad. I have severe back problems, yet with this pad I can sleep anywhere again. Very warm and nice cushion to it. I can even roll onto side with no problems.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Up North Dave This pad is worth every cent. I value comfort and the Exped Downmat 9 has it all: comfort, warmth and ease of use, both setup and take down. Yes, it is larger and weighs more than other pads. But, in comfort, it leaves all others in the dust. The down for comfort and the 3.5 inch thickness, Downmat 9 is in a class by itself.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best pad and the last pad you will have to buy I bought this pad about 9 or 10 years ago best and toughest pad you can get for backpacking I have used in all condition from cold to hot to wet 5 stars all the way
Date published: 2018-01-10
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Questions & Answers

Why doesn't Exped make a wide long that still fits in most two person American backpacking tents? Because most tents have slope at the foot and head, the ends touch the pad. In rain, this is a problem. Is this because European tents are longer?

Asked by: scout123
We recommend directing design feedback directly to the manufacturer.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-04

Will this fit in the pad sleeve of a Big Agnes Summit Park Sleeping bag?

Asked by: Mercenary Pawn
​This pad fits inside the Big Agnes Summit Park Sleeping bag.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-24

How noisy is this pad? I tend to switch sleeping positions quite a few times during the night and don't want to wake up to a bunch of angry sleep deprived backpackers due to the noise of my sleeping pad.

Asked by: Ms Curly
The Exped fabric has a soft feel to it. It is quiet. I have slept in a Snow Trekker tent with 3 other guys all using either exped dm 9s synmat 9s and the sound of any of us moving around was never an issue. Snoring on the otherhand...
Answered by: MRaske
Date published: 2017-11-04

How does this pad do in warmer temperatures? Between 15 and 40 F

Asked by: zgrtz
The pad will perform just fine in warmer temperatures. You will not overheat due to the pad being designed for extreme cold conditions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-04
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