Wanted Insulated mat

Discussion in 'Wanted & Swaps' started by Taz38, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    After feeling the cold rise from the ground through my groundsheet , z-lite and inflatable mat, and feeling rather chilly in 2 sleeping bags (one sb and one thin quilt + liner), its time for an insulated mat for when temps drop below zero.
    Before I spend silly money, anyone got anything they would like to sell?
  2. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    Any specific model you’d have in mind?

    I have a short Neorair Xlite laying around, collecting dust.
  3. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

  4. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    @ZenTrekker I've got the women's prolite (kind of forgot about that one hidden away in the loft), I was never too comfy on it, hence I bought a neoair venture which I find quite comfy but not warm enough in winter.

    I guess ideally I should be looking for an xtherm.
  5. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Exped ?? All my mats are Exped. If you treat them right (don't over fill) they are good. And the bonus is the Snozzle pump bag is a good pack liner.
    I've always bought from Elite Mountain Supplies via their club discount - but not recently, so I don't know the current state of affairs.
    Never fancied the Thermarest offerings.
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  6. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Exped, do you find them comfy?
  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Yes.
    - But I went from a TR Prolite to Exped Synmat UL (yellow square) and have never used a thermarest inflatable.
    I now have a couple of Exped tapered mats (regular width) and find them OK - but I'm 'petite' - If I was "bigger" upping to a WM size would probably be worth it.
    If I rememder correctly @fluffkitten has used Exped mats too.
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  8. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    I have the Synmat Winterlite MW and find it very comfortable, not real issue of feet falling off the bottom despite the aggressive taper. I'm certainly not petite. :D

    Think the mat is now called the Synmat Hyperlite Winter since they did the modifications to stop delamination.
  9. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

  10. snow

    snow Summit Camper

    I've got a (used, with a patch, but completely functional) regular xlite you could have.
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  11. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    My prolite+ wms has a decent R-Value 4.2 (US) / 0.74 (SI), just a tad heavy and not as comfortable as the neoair.
    I once slept on a mat with vertical baffles like the exped but hated it, can't remember the brand/model, flaming thing deflated in the night as well. Maybe I overinflated it.
  12. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    Agreed on Expeds. Have been using Exped mats since 2014, never had one fail on me & find them much more comfortable then the Neoair Xlite; that's why the latter is collecting dust.
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  13. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker


    I also bought mine from EMS using the BMC discount code, great service and one of those pieces of gear I have never questioned the cost of. Good VFM for a warm night's sleep.
    I went for the synmat hyperlite MW
  14. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    with the exped mats, for an extra 74g you can jump from an R value of .8 for the red hyper light winter mat to an R value of 1.23 for the downmat hyper light winter if you can find the medium wide version (rather than the long wide). It's not available in the UK but it is available in Germany if you google for it.
  15. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    What is the difference/advantage of down over synthetic in a mat?

    Ebay is selling the exped downmat 5&7 at a reasonable price. I do like rectangular mats, tho they are obviously heavier.

    Btw thanks for all your input :thumbsup:


    How much @snow? @Arne L.? (I'm not overly keen on short mats mind)
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
  16. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    No idea. Less risk of bacterial growth?? I look at claimed R value. With the expeds weight you need to add the weight of the pump bag.
  17. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Ultralighter

    I have a Nemo Tensor S insulated with Primaloft. Nemo don’t quote R values but it’s rated to -10 deg C & weighs 280 grams. Nemo valves are the same size as Thermarest, so I use a Thermarest AirTap (12g) fixed to my pack liner to inflate
  18. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Not sure, price ?? :whistling:.

    I got the yellow Synmat when it first came out - I'd kind of been waiting for such an item to be invented.
    When they did the same with down and I found a very, very good deal - I Couldn't resist and got a UL down one too.
    I've since bought an orange Hyperlight (bit less weight) and red Winterlight - both tapered.

    I know I would never fork out for a full price UL down mat again so it gets teated with much respect and only comes out when it's going to be COLD. It might be too warm in UK summer ?? - don't know not tried it.
    The old yellow one has a valve that "has issues" (the newer models use a different and better construction) - it gets used for "kicking around bothies" and such like.
    The orange and red ones get used summer/not summer when I'm camping and carrying.

    One thing I do with all my mats is air them very thoughrly when I get home and so far I cannot detect any mould etc.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2019
  19. snow

    snow Summit Camper

    Is £70 shipped reasonable? PM me...

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