The new FlexMat Plus has been awarded the coveted Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice award!

2001: A Sleeping Mat Odyssey: Through the end of the last century, outdoor enthusiasts relied on one of two types of sleeping mats: thin closed-cell foam mats or slightly thicker self-inflating mats. Both provided some level of comfort and insulation from the cold hard ground, but neither did so with great effect. In 2001, EXPED introduced a revolutionary product - the DownMat – which created an entirely new category of sleeping mats – much warmer, lighter and more compact than previous mats. This new category necessitated a means of measuring and comparing the efficiency of the insulation, so we pioneered the use of R-value testing to determine the “warmth” of a sleeping mat. Almost 20 years later the outdoor gear companies have agreed upon an international standard method for testing the R-value of sleeping mats, based heavily on EXPED’s previous work with EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. 

What happens to a couple when the go on expedition together? Love!

Once upon a time there was a dragon who had lived for hundreds of years in a small castle in the Glarus mountains. The locals lovingly called him Wisli dragon. Every winter he watches over the Raminer river and makes sure that the Tschingelböcke with their pointed horns don't come down into the valley...and if hasn't melted, you'll find him this winter directly behind the Wisli forest in his castle. Thomas Oschwald built it, captured it in photo and video and of course spent the night in it with his partner ...

 
Sleep together! Here at EXPED we have solutions designed specifically for bringing this important and pleasurable part of the at-home sleep experience into the outdoors. That, right there, is the goal of our sleep gear: making the at-home sleep experience mobile and including a sleep partner. 
 

[Photo: Menno Huber]

With the winter months upon us, staying warm on backcountry trips becomes a little more challenging; it requires careful attention to the gear list. 

Josh runs us through the differences between the famous MegaMat and the almost-as-famous MegaMat Lite. 

 

Size medium MegaMat Duo is designed with vehicle use in mind. Below is a video guide to how it works. 

 

If you sleep with a partner at home, why not in the outdoors? 

MegaMat Outfitter is one tough customer. In fact, it's Exped's toughest mat. An excellent choice for rafting, overlanding, fishing/hunting camps and basecamps of in general. And if you let your dog on your sleeping mat, this is the one most suitable for that purpose. 

 

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