Exped Synmat UL 7

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Exped Synmat UL 7 -
Exped's SynMat UL 7 is an ultralight and compact mat that still has warm insulation. Made from lighter fabric than other Exped mats, the medium-sized SynMat UL 7 weighs only 460 g and has an R-value of 3.1. The small mat weighs 430 grams and the large weighs 600. The smallest size is 163 cm long and the tallest is 197. It is filled with lightweight, yet warm, microfiber. The outside is abrasion resistant, but the lighter fabric does puncture more easily than the regular Exped mats. The mat condenses to the size of a half-liter bottle making it easy to carry in any pack. Other design features of the SynMat UL 7 include flat air valves and high frequency welded seams. The flat design of the valves prevents them from catching on things or becoming damaged, and the welded seams prevent air leaks. With a 7 cm thickness, this lightweight mat provides plenty of comfort on hard ground. It comes with a repair kit that includes fabric patches and adhesive. Like all Exped UL products, the mat has a two-year warranty.


  • Fabric grommets and multifunction stuffsack
  • Ultralight construction
  • 20 denier laminated polyester fabric is ultralight, airtight and humidity resistant


  • Insulated with Texpedloft Microfiber
  • Microfiber insulation bonded to top and bottom of air chambers, ensuring maximum loft

Weather and Wind:

  • High frequency welded seams
  • Baffles separate chambers and eliminate cold spots


  • Exped accessory pump recommended for inflation
  • High abrasion resistance
  • Stuff Sack and repair kit included
  • FlatValve Technology - separate inflation and deflation valves
  • Mouth inflation or use with Exped pump accessories: Pillow Pump, Mini Pump or Schnozzel and Exped Shrink Bag
  • Repairkit included
  • Warranty for all UL products is 2 years
  • Exped's proprietary lamination process - air tight and hydrolysis proof
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The Exped SynMat UL 7 is a new product. It is designed for the ultralight backpacker and gets the weight and bulk down to a minimum while still insulating very well. It uses microfiber insulation bonded to the upper and lower internal surfaces, which means that each time the mat is inflated the insulation expands to fill the chambers completely. This mat is built with extremely light 20 denier fabric and, like all Exped mats, is laminated with their proprietary humidity resistant film.

Exped's insulated SynMat 7 UL offers unmatched comfort and warmth at a minimal weight and packed size. Size medium weighs only 1 lb (460 g) at size 72 x 20 in and sumptuous 2.8 in of thickness and an excellent R-Value of 3.1. All this at the size of a ½ liter bottle.

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The innovative Exped SynMat UL 7 sleeping pad offers flat valve technology, ultralight construction and baffled air chambers for superior comfort and 3-season performance at less than 2 pounds!

SynMat UL 7 is Exped's utralight standard: extremely light, comfortable, compact, and warm. Insulation is tuned to 3-season use - this mat is very much at home in the pack of the long distance backpacker or in a tight compartment of a performance kayak. Sizes:

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Protect your body from the harsh, hard ground with the SynMat 7 Sleeping Pad from Exped.
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Average pad weight:15.2 ounces Small / 16.2 ounces Medium
Awards:2011 Award Winners, Past Award Winners
Bag Shape:Rectangular
Color:Corn Yellow
Country of Origin:Asia
Dimensions:(S) 163 x 52 x 7 cm, 64 x 20 x 2.8", (M) 183 x 52 x 7 cm, 72 x 20 x 2.8", (LW) 197 x 65 x 7 cm, 197 x 65 x 2.8"
Features:High frequency welded seams
Fill Material:Bonded microfiber and Air
Fill Weight:60 g/m² Texpedloft microfiber
Item Weight:Small: 15.2 oz Medium: 16.2 oz Long/Wide: 21.1 oz
LW:77.5 x 26"; 20.8 ounces
M:72 x 20"; 16.2 ounces
Material:The new ultralight fabrics are extremely lightweight and compact
Other:Stuff Sack and Pad Repair Kit Included
Packed Size:9 x 3.5" / 23 x 9 cm (Small); 9.4 x 3.7" / 24 x 9.5 cm (Medium)
Pad Type:Air Pads
Pad length:64 inches, short / 72 inches, regular
Pad thickness:2.8 inches
Pad width:20 inches
Recommended Use:Backpacking and Camping on Snow
S:64 x 20 "; 15.2 ounces
Shell Material:Laminated Polyester
Stuff Size:(S) 23 x 9 cm, 9 x 3.5", (M) 24 x 9.5 cm, 9.4 x 3.7 ", (LW) 27 x 11 cm, 10.6 x 4.3"
Temperature Rating:- 4ºC, 25ºF, R-Value 3.1
Thickness:2.8 in / 7 cm
Type:Infaltable Sleeping Pad
Valve:FlatValve Technology
Warranty:2-Year Limited
Weight:(S) 430 g, 15.2 oz, (M) 460 g, 16.2 oz, (LW) 600 g, 21.1 oz
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Exped Synmat UL 7 Reviews:


Awesome lightweight pad thats comfy!

I have used a variety of sleeping pads over the years, from a piece of closed cell foam when I was younger and tougher to the fat Exped downmat 9 (which I still use in winter camping). This new pad from Exped is perfect for backpacking and mountaineering. It offers the comfort that I have now become used to, but also packs into a very small package! It's plenty warm enough, easy to inflate with the two flat valves (I like that they do not stick out the end of the pad) and small and lightweight so it's really easy to carry, even if going super lightweight. One of the best things is that they did not make it just look small by squeezing it into it's stuffsack in some never to be repeated manner. It just slides right back into the stuffsack, even if I fold it lazily. Infact, I can make it even smaller. I've used a similar pad from another company prior to this, and found it was not as warm and a little crinkly sounding when sleeping on it. I also prefer the baffels going lengthways on the Exped pad, just seems more comfy to me and allow me to move the air easily and get super comfortable.

Many of my friends have commented that Exped pads are great, but they wanted something smaller and lighter. A few of them have now also bought the Synmat UL after seeing mine. So yes, I'd definitley reccomend this a friend.
Dave at Mountain Gear on 10/10/2011

Best lightweight pad I have ever used!

I have used Exped mat before (both the Downmat and the Synmat), so I was pretty familar with the quality. But this new ultralight version is even better. Perhaps the only issue with the previous mats is the packed size and weight I ended up carrying. The Synmat UL is really small and light, yet it turns into a super comfortable pad. It's easy to inflate It does take a few breaths, but it's not really that hard. I also use the new snozzle and the Exped shrinkbag to inflate it easier. The shrinkbag doubles as a handy drybag for in my pack. It's a great system.

Once I used the Exped mats, I knew I would not go back to anything else. Perhaps this makes me a little biased for this Synmat UL, but it really is the best lightweight yet comfortable solution I have used. The mat does seem a little more fragile than the downmat, but it's due to the lightweight material used on the UL. I have had mine for about 2 months now and used it a handful of times. So far I have had nothing but a good nights sleep. I did look at some other options for lightweight air filled mats, and noticed this one was quieter and warmer than some others.
Dave at Mountain Gear on 06/06/2011

Better than my bed at home.

The Exped SynMat UL 7 is one with enough inflatable thickness and synthetic loft to allow me to never feel the cold or hard ground from head to toe and yet be light and small enough to easily stow in a backpack or kayak hatch for multi-day trips. I'm a side sleeper and like the extra large side tubes which help keep me tucked in. Have used it on the rocky shores of a lake and slept comfortable and warm all night in my sleeping bag. The pad's sleeping surface was quiet and didn't wake me or anyone else. The bottom withstood the rocks and sand without a leak since I used of a good ground tarp. Inflating and deflating this pad was not as easy as self-inflatables. I used my own breath the first time, but will soon buy a seperate small inflator unit designed for this pad. The inflator can double as a small pillow surface. Yes, one should always use an inflator and a good ground cloth with this pad, the trade off being that this pad is loftier, lighter and very packable in its own water resistant bag with interagle patch kit. It delivered the best sleep and packability I've ever had in a pad over my 45 years of kayaking & backpacking.
Tucson Kayaker at Campmor on 01/01/2013

Absolutely great product

My wife and I decided to test these pads for our next major trip, which was to the Yukon for a 3-week trip this fall. We tested the mats in Colorado and Utah from the desert floor to 12,000 ft, including some chilly, rainy nights. They performed flawlessly. But the real test came in the Yukon--3 weeks of wet, cold, snow-sleet-rain-snow-again weather, with a few sunny days in between to dry things out. I can honestly say I've never used a better pad. These things are super lightweight, compact, incredibly convenient to inflate/deflate, and they keep you insulated from the ground chill in very inclement conditions. Also, Exped customer service is impressive. We got some condensation in our mats after 3 weeks of soaking. I called customer service and the tech, Eric, gave me detailed instructions on how best to remove it and prevent mildew. I did as he suggested and it worked great. Kudos to Exped on an innovative and well-built product!
Bighorn at ProLite Gear on 10/03/2012

Great piece of gear

This is the best pad I've owned to date. Very light weight and packs small.

I gave it 5 stars even though it's a bit of a pain to inflate because I'm so impressed with the compactness and effectivness (I've used it twice now in sub freezing weather).

I bought the little pump to go with it, because I didn't want to blow hot, moist air in the pad (because then it would deflate as the air temp went down and reduce chance of mildew growing inside). The pump works, but it is slow and tedious. It takes about 200 pumps to get the pad firm.

In any case, this review is about the pad itself which is fantastic!
ScottM at Mountain Gear on 01/01/2012

This pad lives up to it's write up

I've taken this pad with me on several backpacks now, winter and summer. I am amazed at how warm it is compared to other air filled pads I've used. The 2.8 in thickness is wonderful! That it is so lightweight keeps my pack weight down. A big bonus!
I would love to have a wider version (22, 25in?)for all the tossing/turning I do. It's still a bit slippery and inflating it without a pump is slightly more difficult with the larger valves, but not impossible.
Happily padded at Campmor on 11/11/2012

best I've owned

Recently bought this in the large size, 26x78, (from another vendor that doesn't offer a review forum. To me it was well worth the extra $ and 4 ounces for the best sleep I've ever had backpacking. I move around a lot and side-sleep, but didn't once roll off or slide around. The larger side rails really helped keep me centered. I felt more like I was in my own bed than I ever did on a self-inflating pad.
joe at ProLite Gear on 10/22/2012

Exped Synmat UL 7

When it came time to upgrade my old sleeping pad I didn't even hesitate to purchase the Exped Synmat UL 7. I have spent a couple nights sleep on this pad now and I like it more and more every time I use it. This pad has everything going for it, super comfortable, compresses small and easy to inflate. Exped did a great job on this pad and I am 100% satisfied with my choice.
Shane Rickert-Prolitegear.com Staff at ProLite Gear on 09/28/2011

Exped UL 7

It has been almost a year since my initial review of the Exped UL 7. My original thoughts of this pad are still spot on. Comfortable, warm, compressible etc. I recently spent 12 nights on this pad above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, my UL 7 performed flawlessly and I slept great every night. I am still extremely pleased with this pad and it will be in the quiver for awhile longer!
Shane Rickert- ProLitegear.com staff at ProLite Gear on 09/21/2012

Thicker but lighter, wonderful combo

Was looking for a full length, lighter but thicker pad and found it with this product.
I have not used it on a backpacking trip as of yet, but gave it a try out of the package when it arrived. Way more comfortable than my 3/4 length, 1 inch I've had for years.
Backpacking fool at Campmor on 07/07/2012