- Unroll and spread out the mat, then open the inflation valve. Inflate now by mouth which will take about 1 to 1.5 minutes.
- Inflate to personal comfort level. The more you inflate the mat, the warmer and firmer it will be. This is a question of individual preference. Let comfort guide you.
- Valve caps are most easily closed by pressing down with one thumb at cap hinge while walking your other thumb around the edge of the cap.
- To reduce the pressure in order to make the mat softer while lying on it, open the inflation valve, then depress the inner one way flap allowing air to escape. When desired firmness has been achieved, close inflation valve.
- To prevent the accumulation of humidity from your breath in the mat, we recommend the use of the optional lightweight Mini Pump, Pillow Pump, Schnozzel Pumpbag or the Schnozzel attached to the deflation valve of one of the waterproof bags Shrinkbag, Shrinkbag WB, Waterproof Compression Bag or Waterproof Telecompression Bag.
Use and Care:
- Use the mat stuff sack as a pillow by filling it with clothes. Cover with a fleece sweater for added comfort. If you place pillow off the mat, it makes the mat longer providing enough length for taller sleepers.
- Mat converted to chair: check out Exped’s Chair Kit which provides luxurious seating in combination with the mat and doubles as a protective cover.
- Since the abrasive force of dirt is a fabric’s primary enemy, use mild soap and water to occasionally wash the mat. Do not machine wash or tumble dry.
- Beware of exposure to heat: Do not expose an inflated mat to direct sunlight or heat sources. This may cause the air to expand and put excessive pressure on the seams which could then fail.
- Keep mat away from sharp objects like thorns, corals, jagged stones or similar.
- Just like a bicycle tire, punctures can occur. For conditions or trips where a puncture is more likely, Exped recommends the use of a closed cell foam mat (e.g. Exped MultiMat) for added durability, as a backup mat and as a tent floor cover when not sleeping. As a protecting cover for the mat, check out Exped’s Mat Cover.
- Do not use mechanical air pumps. These can lead to excessive pressure and ruptured seams.
- Check valves periodically to ensure a positive seal. Debris can be removed with a damp cloth.
Deflation and Packing:
- Begin at the foot end. With deflation valve open, roll the mat up loosely and kneel on the bundle to remove most of the air.
- Unfold mat completely and re-fold lengthwise to match the mat’s stuff sack.
- From the foot end, roll the mat as tightly as possible, expelling all the air.
- Close deflation valve and slip mat into stuff sack.
- Be sure to store the mat unrolled with both valves open in a dry and cool area e.g. under the bed.
- When storing your mat take care to keep it away from pets. Sharp claws and teeth kill mats.
Tips and Tricks:
- Moving the mat from a warm to a cold place can drastically reduce the volume of the mat. This may look like a leak, but it is perfectly normal physics!
- When transporting a packed mat from lower altitudes to higher altitudes, Exped recommends leaving the valves open. This will make the mat easier to remove from its stuff sack.
- To remove moisture from inside your mat (from mouth/lung inflation), open both valves and force cool or warm air (never, never hot!) through the inflation valve using a hair dryer. The circulating air will help to push humidity out through the deflation valve.
AIRUL_5110 ( SynMat UL 7 S, SynMat UL 7 M, SynMat UL 7 MW, SynMat UL 7 LW, SynMat UL 9 M, SynMat UL 9 LW, SynMat Lite UL 5 M, AirMat Lite UL 5 M)