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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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    Exped makes a fine pad, I am sure you will be happy with it
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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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    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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    http://www.rei.com/product/780367/ex...-pad-with-pump

    Can you post a link to the $39 deal? The link above is the only one I see.

    Quote Originally Posted by JCook5003 View Post
    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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