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    Exped Synmat 7

    The Exped Synmat Basic 7.

    While it isnt the lightest pad in the world I have heard they are very comfy and REI has a smoking deal on them this week for $39.00! I ordered the long and wide which is 25x80.

    Has anyone else used a synmat while hammocking, I purchased it because I am getting starting and will need the ability to go to ground if the wife comes hiking along with me. I figured the insulation factor should make it nice for hanging too, I nice multi-function piece of kit for a smoking deal, cant lose!

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    I haven't tried that particular one. I do have an Exped, though, and it's a great pad. R-value is accurate and quality is very high. The SynMat you reference looks solid - maybe a bit heavy, but that's the sacrifice for the great price.

    Air mattresses, such as the Exped ones, can be pretty comfy in a hammock (not as great as an UQ, but still pretty nice). If you want to go the pad instead of UQ route, I think the Exped would be a solid choice!
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    When I first started hanging I used a Big Agnes insulated air core, which is very similar to the Exped Synmat. It did fine down to freezing (never tried for colder). I found it worked best if under inflated a bit. That kept it in place in my single layer hammock better. If you roll a lot in your sleep, the pad will want to be on top. It would work better in a double layer hammock. It was kind of nice that the pad held the hammock sides away from my face vs. having them flop close with an UQ.

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    Exped makes a fine pad, I am sure you will be happy with it
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    You got the wide/long for that price? You should be arrested! I only saw the short when I looked and that's still a good deal. However, its not a light pad. They make a Synmat UL that light and comfy, although don't know how well it keeps you warm.

    I've tried a lot of pads and have not had much success with the long/wide ones in a gathered end hammock. Wonderful in a bridge, though.

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    I have a synmat 7 deluxe LW (with the integrated pump) which works marvelous in my WBRR. For Christmas this year, I got a synmat UL7 LW which also works great. I certainly don't expect to do any hangs below freezing with the UL7 LW, but it will be a great 3 season pad.

    One of these days I will move to a UQ, but for now the pads work fine. The biggest issue that I have with pads is that they are not breathable and I end up with a fine layer of sweat on my back when I wake up.

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    I am actually looking to pick up the downmat 7. Does anyone have any experience with those?
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    I have a Synmat 7 LW and its great if you need to go to the floor.

    I use it with the schnozzle tube and the medium size shrinkbag to pump it up and it needs only a few pumps, abt 1-2 minutes only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthauk View Post
    I am actually looking to pick up the downmat 7. Does anyone have any experience with those?
    Downmats are awesome, they definitely keep you warm. Just have to have a method of getting air in it not directly from your mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nighthauk View Post
    I am actually looking to pick up the downmat 7. Does anyone have any experience with those?
    I have a DownMat9 LW and it seems like a well-made mat, though I only have a dozen nights or so on it. I bought it for tenting and then bought the Exped Ergo hammock because the DownMat fit it. It's a good combination.

    Pricey, though. On the heavy side for backpacking, but what's a good night's sleep worth?

    With the downmats, I'd advise buying the 'Schnozzle' bag and valve adapter (if necessary) - about 4 'bags' of air inflates the 9LW completely. The built-in pump (not in all downmats??) works but is a bit slow - good for topping up the mat if necessary. As you probably know, you should not add moisture into the down mat more than necessary, which rules out blowing up the mat with lung power.

    The valve caps need to be snapped in firmly - I either didn't do this or had a bit of contamination in the deflate valve the other night and ended up on the (rocky) tent pad. I assumed the pad had sprung a leak but testing at home eliminated that possibility...and left me feeling a bit foolish as I'd had to re-pump a few times to get through the night. Trying out a new tent.....my hammock was in the kayak and at 1 am I wished I'd hung it up!

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