The latest version of the Exped Downmat UL Winter LW (Long & Wide) 9cm, is fifty grams lighter than it's predecessor and comes with an anti-slip surface.
The ultra light weight (UL) version of the original Downmat has always represented the very best combination for weight-warmth-comfort-packsize ratio.
Great levels of comfort are achieved by having a mat thickness of 90mm and longitudinal baffles with an over sized baffle on the outside edge. The square cut of the mat gives optimal comfort and allows more movement in your sleep. The non-slip surface helps to keep you on the mat through the night.
High-Tech man made materials and high quality goose down make a lightweight mat at 865 grams (Long & Wide size).
The high quality goose down ‘lofts' and completely fills the inside the mattress when its inflated with the pump bag. The down restricts the movement of the insulating air inside the mat, so any escaping body warmth is kept where you want it... next to your skin and not allowed to dissipate into the ground or the cold air. The Downmat UL Winter is suitable for use in temperatures as low as -32 Deg Celsius.
Down is extremely compressible so the Downmat UL medium packs down to just 27cm x 12cm.
Included with the Downmat UL Winter; Quick inflation with the innovative Schnozzel Pumpbag that doubles as a waterproof carry bag.
The down fill reduces heat loss dramatically and the thick air cushion absorbs unevenness of the ground for superb comfort.
Next-to-skin comfort and anti-slip GripSkin honeycomb-pattern coating. Laminate is air tight and impervious to hydrolysis.
Top quality down insulation: tested according to IDFB standards, and certified by RDS, a stringent animal welfare standard.
Temperature: -32 °C
Thickness: 9 cm
Length: 197 cm
Shoulder Width: 65 cm
Foot Width: 65 cm
Weight Mat: 865 g
Weight Pump: 60 g
Weight Packsack: 16 g
Packed height: 27 cm
Packed diameter: 12 cm
Pack volume: 3.05 Litres
Product contents: Mat + Schnozzel Pumpbag + Packsack + Repair kit + instruction sheet + Repair manual
Warranty: 2 years
Product No: X7640171-995533
Editors comments and Review:
I had the original version of the UL Downmat as soon as it came in to the UK and I still use it today as my primary sleeping mat - all year round.
The New version is called the Downmat UL Winter available in two sizes, Medium and ‘LW’ meaning Long and Wide. Apart from being 50 grams lighter (medium), the new version has a slip resistant finish. This is a welcome upgrade because most mats have a smooth and slippery surface which doesn’t work well when you have a microfiber sleeping bag which is just as slippery.
Its also good to see a lot of animal welfare certification attributed to this down product.
Here's what I said about my original Downmat UL - the new version should be even better!
â€œI have had my DownMat UL for a few weeks now and used it several times, including over the April Bank Holiday weekend in the Rhinogs. The first thing I noticed was the small pack size and lightness for a ‘all season’ mat. Inflation is done via a pumpsack (included), which took a couple of attempts before finding the right technique, but once mastered it is quick and doesn’t require any puffing and blowing. That's essential at high altitudes, but also the easier the job, the better (especially at the end of the day).
The next thing I noticed was I could sit on the inflated mat without my bony backside touching the ground beneath. With other mats I normally fold them in half to provide a thick enough cushion, but the UL7 is 70mm thick.
Next was the speed with which it warmed up. Your body heat warms the air in the mat and the down filling stops that air from moving about, so the warmth is kept next to your skin and doesn’t dissipate into the cold night air, or the cold ground below. I was surprised by how quickly the mat warmed and by how much. I did a few simple tests by putting my hand on and off the mat and seeing how quickly my palm warmed up. I haven’t had the opportunity to sleep in sub-zero temperatures with it yet, but the experience so far is very confidence inspiring.
Finally, the ultimate test. The 90mm depth does an excellent job of smoothing out lumpy ground and accommodates angular hips, knees and elbows. It is easy to fall asleep after a hard day's trekking, another thing altogether to be comfortable enough to sleep though to breakfast. I slept soundly, only waking up once to adjust my pillow of folded clothes. I’ve slept well on this mat every time I’ve used it. Top marks Exped, the best Mat I have ever owned (and I’ve owned a few!)â€
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