A big sleeping mat for big-time comfort, the Exped Synmat 7 series uses unique construction techniques to achieve a unique level of sleeping satisfaction. Far from being just a simple air mattress, the Synmat 7 is filled with synthetic insulation for better protection against the cold ground (R-value: 4.9). There other mats out there with synthetic insulation inside, but the Exped Synmat is the only one in which the insulation is laminated to both the top and bottom of the mat, instead of just the bottom. The integrated pump is also unique, as it allows you to use your arms to inflate the mat instead of your lungs. You put two hands on the pump, and essentially give the mat CPR until it's inflated. No breaths required.
The innovative Exped SynMat 7 sleeping pad has garnered numerous awards. A built-in pump makes inflation incredibly simple and microfiber insulation enhances the year-round performance of the SynMat 7.
When the extreme warmth of an Exped DownMat is not necessary, you can still find comfort, light weight, and compact size with the SynMat. The lofted microfiber insulation provides comfort from the cold, rocky ground and is baffled to provide supportive cushioning and prevent cold spots. A built-in pump inflates the mat quickly while the polyester surface fabric prevents your sleeping bag from slipping off during the night. Warmest, most durable synthetic insulated mat.
|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/77.5 x 26 x 2.8"|
|Included:||repair kit with adhesive and fabric patches.|
|Insulation Type:||150 g/m² Texpedloft Mikrofaser|
|Item Weight:||Small: 27 oz Medium: 30 oz Long Wide: 39 oz|
|Other:||Stuff Sack and Pad Repair Kit Included|
|Packed Size:||23 x 14 cm / 9 x 5.5 in (Small); 21 x 15 cm / 8.2 x 6 in (Medium); 27 x 15 cm / 10.6 x 6 in (7 Large); 27 x 16cm / 10.6 x 6.3“ (9 Large)|
|Pad Type:||Air Pads|
|R-Value:||4.9 (7 Series); 6.0 (9 Series)|
|Recommended Use:||Year Round Backpacking and Camping|
|Thickness:||2.8 in (7 Series); 3.5 in (9 Series)|
|Type:||Inflatable Sleeping Pad (Built-in Pump)|
|Weight:||27.2 oz (7 Small); 31.4 (7 Medium); 38.4 (7 Wide & Long); 47.6 oz (9 Wide & Long)|
|Exped Synmat UL 7||$139.98 - $175.00|
|Exped Synmat 9 Sleeping Pad||$118.27 - $168.99|
|Exped SynMat 7 Sleeping Pad with Pump||$109.98 - $149.00|
|Exped SynMat UL 9 Sleeping Pad||$198.99 - $219.00|
I had an REI 3.5L mat used for car camping, staying over at a friend's place, extra mat for friends and those ski lease occasions when I didn't get a bed. I didn't like the rolled size and fortunately a friend screwed it up. So I went looking for a replacement =)
I ruled out the NeoAir because of the noisy crinkling and how light of a sleeper I am. I thought long and hard about the 7LW (6-3 230), but I ended up with a Synmat 9LW. The 9LW adds about 2" in diameter to the 7's rolled size. That's still much smaller than my down sleeping bag or the old mat.
The instructions said to lay it out w/ the values open for 24 hours. Afterwards, I inflated it and laid on it. It felt really warm. Inflation seems fine. The air lasted 4 days before I decided to deflate it.
Inflation takes a few minutes of giving it CPR, but the one way valve makes it easy enough to take a break if you really have to. I've seen some negative deflation time comments, but I've been used to the two phase tear-down: accordion folds + sitting on it -> a final roll up. The only complaint I can give is that both inflation and deflation are noisy. Think of deflation like a whoopie cushion.
I have used this in a walk-in Tahoe camping trip. It was in the low 30s at night and my friends told me they were freezing. I was fine in a non-mummy 25 bag. I slept in on the last day and woke up because of the heat... go figure. Also, I couldn't find a flat place to setup camp and noticed the 15-20 degree incline while on the mat. It was fixable by sticking clothes under the shoulder side.
I'm really not kidding: this is the most comfortable pad I have ever slept on. I own the Long/Wide version and wow this thing is huge. I would actually recommend you getting the M size so it can fit into a bivy sack with less hassle and because this thing is already quite heavy. Yes, this thing is heavy. For my purposes of alpine mountaineering, I value my sleeping pad and pillow (yes, I bring a pillow) more than any technical shell I can buy. If I don't sleep well, I will be so sluggish the next day that no Arc'Teryx shell or La Sportiva boots can save me.
For those reasons, I love this pad. The SynMat 9 is just overkill for most purposes but the SynMat 7 M is a great choice. If you want something lighter and just as warm, take a look at the Therm-a-Rest All Season NeoAir (R-4.9) but it won't be as comfortable. Still, I would recommend this Exped pad.
Value your sleep. Get this pad!
Hard for me to give 5 stars for much these days, but it's easy to lay them out for the SynMat. Been an Exped fan since I found the DownMat for winter camping. I sleep like a log on these things. I've discovered that the Deluxe DownMat is actually overkill in weight and warmth for almost all but the coldest conditions. The SynMat let's you save weight and bulk when trying to go light. I don't miss the weight and bulk of the hand pump at all. I wish my DownMat didn't have it built in. I'm still a little wary of getting a puncture, but I carry a patch kit and haven't had any problems so far.
Coming from an aging, (gracefully I must add), minimalist, I can assure everyone that the benefits to one's back after a night of rest on this pad far outweigh the costs of carrying it. And to address its toughness, on the first morning after using this pad I was preparing breakfast when I heard the squeals of laughter coming from the tent from my 2.5 year old boy. I thought to myself how wonderful it was to hear those sounds of joy until I realized that those were the same squeals I hear when he is bouncing on our bed at home. The pad survived the trampoline test with flying colors. Ken
I have the synmat 7 pump and have been using it for a little over a year; no complaints yet! It is like sleeping on a cloud as others have said and a huge improvement over my thermrest prolite plus, that extra inch is a big surprise!
The pump is nice and takes in the surrounding air and not your hot breath allowing it to hold in air better. The pump takes a bit getting use to, but once you find the right rhythm it inflates fast (about 1 min). The material is durable too. I use this year round and don't get too hot.
Just returned from New Zealand using this on The Routeburn Track and the Abel Tasman National Park Track. Couldn't have asked for a better sleeping pad. Small enough to pack nicely in my backpack. Normally I'm a back sleeper, but I had to roll over a few times on my side. Still rather comfortable on my side. At first it seemed like pumping seemed like it would take forever, but before I knew it, the pad was inflated. Deflating was a breeze. Nights that went down to 30 degrees, I was still "warm" and never felt the ground. Definitely recommend.
I have had the synmat 7 for a couple of years now. I haven't had a night yet where I could feel anything under me but a cushion of air. If you have concerns about the durability of this mat, don't. It has held up to high country abuses for the last few years and is still going strong
the only feature of this mat that I am not thrilled about is the integrated pump. it takes a lot of work (around seventy pumps) to get the mat where I want it. It sure beats blowing it up though.
I have had some poor experiences with sleeping pads before ( ie: one too many times of waking up cold and on the ground) so I decided to try this one. I'm a huge fan of the integrated hand pump in the mat. It's effective and easy to use. I really like the one way valves. It makes it much easier to roll up the mat when air can only escape and not get back into the mat. While I haven't tried it in cold weather, it has done a great job so far.
I used this pad for 3 weeks in Alaska. It was absolutely awesome to sleep on. I almost forgot I was even on a pad. It packs up quite small for the comfort it provides. The internal pump takes a little getting used to, but it's much better than blowing your lungs out. The included repair kit did a nice job of sealing up an ice screw puncture. Update - one of the seams that seals the baffles broke, but Exped sent me a new one if a few days. Killer customer service!
I was a little uncomfortable spending so much money on a sleeping pad... Then I spent one night on it and I was quite comfortable. I slept through the night and did not wake up until the sun hit my eyes, a rare feat for me while camping. Usually I roll around and wake up feeling unrested. Now I wake up camping and feel so rested, almost like im in my own bed. Its very compact and the built in hand pump works well. highly recommend