High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
I am glad to see this thread re-ignited, because I have been meaning to thank those people like John, that praised Exped Downmat's.
A few years ago, I bought the first generation of Exped Mat, the kind that used the stuff sack as the pump. I couldn't even get the damn thing to work in my living room and thought "No way in the dark & cold". As well, a good friend had his deflate the first time he used it and slept a cold night on snow. We both sent our mats back and proclaimed them garbage to all that would listen.
Reading this thread convinced me to try the upgraded Exped Mat, with the pump integral to the mat body. I took it on a 4 day trip on Spring snow and once I dialed in the right amount of air pressure, I found the most comfortable mattress I have ever slept on... Even better than my home bed.
I'm a convert, so thanks for the good advise.