The Trek&Mountain magazine (UK) tested out 12 leading models. The DownMat UL 7M got the Editor's Choice.

Curious about the new additions to our mat range? There's a full set of tapered mats. These are the worlds lightest mats when compared to their warmth and comfort! And they pack extremely small.

DownMat UL 7 is the ultralight version of the DownMat 7 being 20% lighter and yet equally warm. It comes without an integrated pump, but with a smart pump bag, the Schnozzel Pumpbag. 

Rüdiger Flothmann had thoroughly tested the DownMat UL 7 M on his blog:

 

Ingenious simplicity: there is no better way to inflate an Exped mat! With the help of the Schnozzel Pumpbag any Exped mat is inflated with 2 to max. 3 compression.

And it also doubles as a waterproof compression stuff sack.

With a sleeping surface of 197 x 125 cm our Duo Mats offer unbelievable comfort without the "gap" for two people and create an insulated floor in a two person tent. Available in 4 sizes from 3.8 to 10 cm thick.

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To be honest we designed them for sleeping, but you can also use them while wide awake - our ultra comfortable 3-D mats.

R-value: putting a number on warmth

 

When buying a sleeping mat, most people shop around a bit and compare the different brands and models available. Important points such as price, quality, comfort, ease of use, reliability, compressibility and warmth all enter into the equation. But it's that last one, warmth, that's a bit sticky. With all the other parameters it's pretty straightforward to compare mats. Price and quality go together and info about comfort, ease of use, reliability, and compressibility can all be culled from online reviews,  in-store poking and prodding, and manufacturer websites. But this warmth rating, R-value, isn't as easy to accurately verify across brands and deserves an explanation, so we thought we'd clarify a few points.

 

Light in weight and price: the DownMat Lite offers great performance at an affordable price. Filled with down insulation, comfortable to lie on and compact to stow. It has been awarded the Editor’s Choice by the British Mountain Pro Magazin.

Ingenious simplicity: there is no better way to inflate an Exped mat! With the help of the Schnozzel Pumpbag any Exped mat is inflated with 2 to max. 3 compression. And it also doubles as a waterproof compression stuff sack.

 

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