/ exped down mat 9
just thought id ask on here before hitting the buy button to see if anyone has any issues with this mat.im happy with the extra weight and price but slightly dubious of the reviews about how long it takes to inflate and a little worried about the pump system it uses.
any info appreciated.
I've got a Downmat 7 DLX and it takes just over 2 minutes to inflate (I've timed it). It is the most comfortable mat I've slept on and is so insulating that I'm able to use my bag as a quite, even in winter. I love it.
I have down mat 9 - few years old ... Filling with bag is bit flimsy in practice, that's my opinion. The bag pops out of the valve too easily (or I am just bit too clumsy).
Another very happy Downmat 7 owner.
The best bit of kit I have bought in a number of years. I do a lot of camping, often where the ground is very bumpy, and those of us with downmats have been the only people getting good nights' sleep.
It is the warmest and most comfy thing I have slept on in a tent.
If I was to buy again, I might go for the Downmat 9 for even more warmth and comfort.
With any of these air-bed style mats, if it fails and can't be repaired, you end up sleeping on a double layer of fabric with virtually no insulation or comfort.
So you take care of it, for example by never lying on the mat n the bare ground out of puncture paranoia.
I have used my Downmat for 3 four week expeditions and about 20 one or two day trips, and never had a problem.
I have the synthetic version, and it's awesome.
> Another very happy Downmat 7 owner.
> If I was to buy again, I might go for the Downmat 9 for even more warmth and comfort.
I was hoping there would not be that much difference - will have to try out a 7 at some stage.
I've never had a problem with the valve popping out, although i do take a fair bit of care when sealing it. I also worried about what would happen if inflating pump stopped working, but I guess its the same with a ThermaRest if the valve leaked and you could seal it.
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