Exped Exped SynMat UL 7 Review

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Exped SynMat UL 7
Exped SynMat UL 7

As part of our article on Best Lightweight Inflatable Sleeping Pads, ProLite Gear reviews the Exped SynMat UL 7, a 16 ounce sleeping pad with an R-Value of 3.1.

7 Responses

  1. montanaiceclimber

    Warmer, thicker, and more comfy than my neo-air. Not much more to say.

  2. Shane Rickert - ProLiteGear.com Staff

    When it came time to upgrade my old sleeping pad I didn’t even hesitate to purchase the Exped Synmat UL 7. I have spent a couple nights sleep on this pad now and I like it more and more every time I use it. This pad has everything going for it, super comfortable, compresses small and easy to inflate. Exped did a great job on this pad and I am 100% satisfied with my choice.

  3. Shane Rickert - ProLiteGear.com Staff

    It has been almost a year since my initial review of the Exped UL 7. My original thoughts of this pad are still spot on. Comfortable, warm, compressible etc. I recently spent 12 nights on this pad above the Arctic Circle in Alaska, my UL 7 performed flawlessly and I slept great every night. I am still extremely pleased with this pad and it will be in the quiver for awhile longer!

  4. Absolutely great product! My wife and I decided to test these pads for our next major trip, which was to the Yukon for a 3-week trip this fall. We tested the mats in Colorado and Utah from the desert floor to 12,000 ft, including some chilly, rainy nights. They performed flawlessly. But the real test came in the Yukon–3 weeks of wet, cold, snow-sleet-rain-snow-again weather, with a few sunny days in between to dry things out. I can honestly say I’ve never used a better pad. These things are super lightweight, compact, incredibly convenient to inflate/deflate, and they keep you insulated from the ground chill in very inclement conditions. Also, Exped customer service is impressive. We got some condensation in our mats after 3 weeks of soaking. I called customer service and the tech, Eric, gave me detailed instructions on how best to remove it and prevent mildew. I did as he suggested and it worked great. Kudos to Exped on an innovative and well-built product!

  5. Best I’ve owned. Recently bought this in the large size, 26×78, (from another vendor that doesn’t offer a review forum. To me it was well worth the extra $ and 4 ounces for the best sleep I’ve ever had backpacking. I move around a lot and side-sleep, but didn’t once roll off or slide around. The larger side rails really helped keep me centered. I felt more like I was in my own bed than I ever did on a self-inflating pad.

  6. According to Exped's website, to dial in the inflation pressure, it's much easier to open the one way inflation valve, and push your finger into it to open it up. How does it stack up to the neo-air style pads in terms of noise?

  7. Completely disagree about the inability to adjust the inflation level. I've had this pad for several years and unless something has changed significantly on newer models, there's a flap that covers the opening on the inside of the valve that you can simply press to let air out. It's much easier than having to twist open a valve and then hoping you can twist it closed fast enough to not let out too much air. Unlike the twist valves, the flap on the Exped will prevent air from draining even with the valve cap open. There's a pull tab on one of the valves so you can easily distinguish which is for inflation and which is for deflation without having to look over your shoulder to see them. Also, the Exped accessories for inflating the pad (like the Schnozzel pump bag) are much better than what Thermarest provides. Not debating the rest of the review, but I do feel like the inflation points were misrepresented.

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