Do you have a backpack that has accompanied you for years and has almost become your best friend? Then you should like this story from EXPED client Julie. For once, backpack TORRENT gets a voice here and tells what it has already experienced. Lean back and enjoy the long and beautiful story of Torrent the backpack. 

EXPED tents can be set up in many different ways for optimal comfort in changing conditions. But one specific environmental condition, known as CAVU in aviation circles, might be our favorite. CAVU stands for "ceiling and visibility unlimited" and many of our tents have a set-up mode that takes full advantage it. We call it Optimist Mode™, and it allows views of the stars while keeping crawly things and insects out. 

Even on a small scale, or in this case on small wheels, you can experience beautiful things. Especially now, when the possibilities are limited, one wants to get out there and explore the visinity. Microadventures are the order of the day. Heading out spontaneously with limited luggage and preparation. And when it's time to sleep or a nice place to stay turns up, just set up your bivouac. Photographer Norbert Blank and his partner spent five days on the road with the perfect lightweight gear ...

05/13/2020

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

Etant donné que le COVID-19 (Coronavirus) se propage de plus en plus – et pas seulement en Suisse – chez EXPED, nous avons également introduit des mesures de sécurité pour protéger nos collaborateurs/trices et nos client-e-s. Bien qu’il soit difficile pour nous toutes et nous tous d’analyser finement cette situation inédite, il est important de veiller à faire tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour conserver la santé de nos familles, de nos proches et de nous-mêmes.

2001: A Sleeping Mat Odyssey: Through the end of the last century, outdoor enthusiasts relied on one of two types of sleeping pads: 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. 

Trek&Mountain magazin (UK - Mai/June 2019) tested 10 lightweight packs between 45 and 60L that are ideal for multi-day treks and hikes. Exped's Lightning 60 was awarded with the Editor's Choice Award: "A simple-in-design, Lightweight and roomy pack that also proviceds good carry comfort due to ists backsystem and hipbelt."

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