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Old 11-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #16
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Exped Synmat 9....can't beat it.
Can't say enough good things about this mat. I love it!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #17
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Can't say enough good things about this mat. I love it!
+1 on the Synmat 9
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:18 PM   #18
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I've gone through a lot of pads and combo's of pads and cots and my Downmat 9 half inflated is the best so far.
+1.

I'm 6'2" and 260 lbs., and the Exped is the most comfortable way to spend a night on the hard, cold ground. Packs pretty small, too, considering it's comfort level.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:31 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the help guys. I'm leaving on a hunting trip Thursday night and just placed an order for an Exped Synmat 9.

I looked at the Downmat as well, but Amazon had the Synmat for a steal at $135 and my Prime membership would get it here Wednesday for free. I really couldn't tell much of a difference between the down and the synthetic, and read a lot of online reviews of both to compare. The Synmat should do me fine and leave some money in the bank as well.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:19 AM   #20
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Another vote for the Exped. In my old age, the joints were not letting me sleep too well on the old Thermarest from my backpacking equipment. Switched to an Exped Downmat 7 and immediately started sleeping much better! Quality product.

Packs down enough to go into my waterproof duffle with the sleeping bag too!
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:46 PM   #21
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Another + here on the Exped Synmat. Love mine for comfort and warmth, and it packs so small it's like cheating.
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Old 11-07-2012, 03:59 AM   #22
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What he said.

Avoid Thermarest's neo air. It's noisy. Literally.

Really? I have a NeoAir Trekker, use their fitted sheet/comforter system and noise isn't really a factor. Packs small, 2"+ thick, and plenty warm, down to about 40 or so. Certainly NOT one of the worst bits of gear I own.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:25 AM   #23
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Synmat 9DLX w pump, went with the synthetic instead of the down because it was $50 less and I didn't want to worry about it getting wet.

built in pump is a god send.

packs pretty small for bike camping and decently small for backpacking.

R value is pretty high, meaning you can use a summer weight bag in the winter and be just as warm as you would be with a lesser pad and a thicker sleeping pad.

I was comfy down to the teens in a 40 degree summer weight bag on top of the exped.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #24
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Check the vendor section for Full Throttle Camping's garage sale. Lots of good deals on pads and bags
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:51 PM   #25
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Really? I have a NeoAir Trekker, use their fitted sheet/comforter system and noise isn't really a factor. Packs small, 2"+ thick, and plenty warm, down to about 40 or so. Certainly NOT one of the worst bits of gear I own.
The Neoair is comfortable. My original had a seem break after a couple of years ,REI let me up grade to the allseason extralarge for a couple of bucks.
I think the Neoair is more comfortable than my camprest or luxury rest.,and for sure the smaller thermarests.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:45 PM   #26
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This is what i use. When rolled up, its the size of Fosters beer can.
http://www.campmor.com/klymit-static-v-air-pad.shtml?source=CI&ci_sku=98058GRE&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw={keyword}
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:18 PM   #27
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I am a side sleeper. I am getting old, and all my miles are not highway.

I carry a 1 inch thermarest type from Acadamy, and a cheap air mattress, and 4 D cell inflator and a space blanket. The air matress gives me comfort, the inflator enables middle of the night pressure changes, and the thermarest gives me insulation, The spaceblanket is for that extra you need when the weather man is wrong. Yes it is a lot of bulk. Can not be helped.

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:07 AM   #28
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that must take one full saddlebag
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:50 AM   #29
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one more for Downmat 9...

I'd used mine for over 5 years and one of the valves developed a leak; returned to Exped and they replaced with the new style which has improved valves and built-in pump.

Very satisfied with the comfort, quality and customer service!

This pad, combined with my 0 NorthFace Superlight sleeping bag, is the perfect combo for me in nearly all situations.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:52 AM   #30
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I am a side sleeper. I am getting old, and all my miles are not highway.

I carry a 1 inch thermarest type from Acadamy, and a cheap air mattress, and 4 D cell inflator and a space blanket. The air matress gives me comfort, the inflator enables middle of the night pressure changes, and the thermarest gives me insulation, The spaceblanket is for that extra you need when the weather man is wrong. Yes it is a lot of bulk. Can not be helped.

Rod
Sure it can, downmat or synmat 9DLX
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