Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Exped SynMat UL 7 Sleeping Mat - New for Spring 2011

The Exped SynMat UL 7 is a new product that will be available in Spring 2011. It is designed for the ultralight backpacker and gets the weight and bulk down to a minimum while still insulating very well. Like the terracotta colored SynMat, it uses microfiber insulation bonded to the upper and lower internal surfaces, which means that each time the mat is inflated the insulation expands to fill the chambers completely. This mat is built with extremely light 20 denier fabric and, like all Exped mats, is laminated with our proprietary humidity resistant film.

SynMat UL 7 will be available in 2 sizes, Small and Medium. Here are the specs:

Size S:
Dimensions: 64 x 20 x 2.8"/163 x 52 x 7 cm
Average Weight: 15.2 ounces/430 grams
Packed Size: 9 x 3.3"/23 x 8.5 cm
Price: $145.00

Size M:
Dimensions: 72 x 20 x 2.8"/183 x 52 x 7 cm
Average Weight: 16.2 ounces/460 grams
Packed Size: 9 x 3.5"/23 x 9 cm
Price: $155.00

R-Value: 3.1 (initial test results)
Inflation: mouth/lung inflation or Exped optional accessory pumps (Mini Pump, Pillow Pump or Shrink Bag/Schnozzel)
Warranty: 2 year

During the development of the SynMat UL 7 we tested the mat extensively, both in the lab and on trips. It is amazingly light and compact and its 7 cm thickness kept our bones up off the cold hard ground. On backpacking trips and bike touring we came to appreciate just how little space this mat takes up in the bottom of a pack. This mat is an excellent choice for anyone interested in traveling light but still sleeping in comfort.

At last year's outdoor show in Germany, Exped won a coveted gold award for this mat. Here's a press release from that event:

Exped wins gold award for new SynMat UL 7 at OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Exped has won one of eight gold awards from the OutDoor Industry Awards at the OutDoor show in

Friedrichshafen, Germany. The award was given to the new (for 2011) SynMat UL 7 sleeping mat, an

ultralight mat that maintains Exped’s well known warmth and comfort despite its extreme compactness and light weight..

“We’re honored to receive a gold award in Friedrichshafen” said Kaj Bune, director of marketing for Exped LLC in North America. “Innovation is the one word we like people to remember about Exped and this award is recognition of that company core value. Our lightweight backpacking customers will love this product.”

From 412 entries , the awards jury delivered a total of 47 awards, of which eight were Gold for special design and innovation. Exped won gold in the camping equipment category. This is not the first such award for Exped sleeping mats. Exped’s DownMat won the European outdoor product of the year in 2002/2003 for the DownMat 9 and the SynMat won silver at the OutDoor show in 2006.

For more information about the award go to

And more recently, the SynMat UL 7 won several more awards in Holland. OP Pad Outdoor Magazine honored Exped with the following:

  • Gold award in category sleeping
  • Gold award in category innovation
  • and the Readers award!