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    Exped DownMat 7 Sleeping Pad?

    Does anyone have any experience with a Exped DownMat 7 Sleeping Pad. I am thinking of giving the 47"X20" for use in my HH asm backpacker.

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    Those are great pads on the ground but most find that they are a balancing act of sorts in a hammock. However, a few folks have figured out how to use air matresses so give it a shot.
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    The trick is very little inflation. Enough to keep from compressing the insulation but not so much that it's stiff. Seems the mat stays under you better. I've used it twice in 25* weather and it worked well. Left shoulder and rear got cool but not cold. Good luck, let us know how you make out!
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    I use an Exped 9 that is 25" wide. I think you'd find 20" to be too narrow, and you'd end up with cold shoulders.

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    I guess part of the reason I want to get it is I know I can use it in for winter camping with the family. I would probably go with a regular length, but sierra tradding co only has the extra small and its over 50% off with their usual available discounts.
















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    I use the Synmat 7 in my Clark NA (I know it is a little goofy, but I haven't gotten around to making my own Z-liners yet) and I have loved it from the standpoint of insulation. It is a little bit shifty inside the hammock. If it were to be used in a double layer hammock I think that it would be awesome. I do have to say that I do like the notion of having it in the unfortunate event that I should ever have to go to ground again with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joizee camper View Post
    The trick is very little inflation. Enough to keep from compressing the insulation but not so much that it's stiff. Seems the mat stays under you better. I've used it twice in 25* weather and it worked well. Left shoulder and rear got cool but not cold. Good luck, let us know how you make out!
    -Bob
    Exactly. I sleep on a DAM 7 basically every night & have done so for years.
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    I used a full length 20" Exped 9 DM all last summer and loved the warmth and comfort. But was not necessarily thrilled about the 2 lb weight. I kept it fully inflated and got around the shifting problem by using a Sierra Designs sleeping bag with pad loops on the bottom. You could do the same thing with a Big Agnes bag that has a pad sleeve. I have since bought a 3 season Yeti UQ but have not have had a chance to test it in the field yet. But I gotta say, I love that Exped 9 pad and have the option of going to ground if needed.

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    Good to here I ordered one I am hoping to get up to the desolation wilderness in a couple weeks for a good test. I am going to bring my usgi sleep system and place the pad in the bivy.
    Last edited by Newtohanging; 03-26-2012 at 21:23.

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    When I first started out in the hammock camping, I transitioned using my Synmat for months.
    If you give it just the right amount of air, you will be extremely comfortable.
    It insullated well with my mummy sleeping bag (30-40*'s easy). Bigest problem is the weight for one, size consumption in the backpack and inflating and deflating is very time consuming.

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