EDIT: OWNER REVIEW - Exped 7.5 DLX Airmat - Brian Mikels
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***The repair kit comes in a small resealable bag and contains a
0.2oz (5 g)
EDIT: needs a space before "oz"
***I'm a warm sleeper and carry a 30 F (-1 C) Marmot Arroyo Long.
Edit: you should probably say that it is a sleeping bag and
the "long" is not capitalized. (Marmot Arroyo long sleeping bag)
- Exped AirMat 7.5 Pump DLX
by Brian Mikels
November 9th, 2007
Name: Brian Mikels
Height: 6' 6" (198 cm)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Email address: msu1spartan@...
City, State, Country: Knoxville, Tennessee USA
I started backpacking when I was 10 and picked it back up about 4
years ago. My backcountry companions are my wife & our two 8 year
old twins. I'm obsessed with light gear; however I tend to err on
the side of safety, being well fed, and keeping everyone reasonably
comfortable. I do the bulk of my backpacking March thru November in
the Great Smoky Mountain National Park doing 1-3 nighters at 6-12
miles (10-19 km) per day.
Exped AirMat 7.5 Pump DLX
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Listed Product Specs:
Weight: 31 oz (895 g)
Pack Sack: 0.5 oz (16 g)
Length: 72" (182 cm)
Width: 26" (65 cm)
Thickness: 3" (7.5 cm)
Packed Dimensions: 10" x 6" (25 cm x 16 cm)
Temperature: 52 F (11 C)
Weight: 32.8 oz (931 g)
Pad: 31.6 oz (896 g)
Pack Sack: 0.7 oz (19 g)
Repair Kit: 0.6 oz (16 g)
Length: 74" (188 cm)
Width: 24.5" (62 cm)
Thickness: 3.5" (9 cm)
Packed Dimensions: 10" long X 5" diameter (25 cm x 13 cm)
The pad comes shipped in its stuff sack complete with a repair kit
and is constructed of a polyester fabric that is similar to ripstop
nylon in appearance, minus the slippery surface. The pad has a
total of eight baffles approximately 3.5" (9 cm) in diameter divided
into 2 separate air chambers. Two plastic deflation/inflation twist
lock valves are located at the foot of the pad. The integrated pump
has an open cell foam pad in its center and 2 flexible inflation
valves on the under side of the pad. There are two small sleeping
bag attachment loops at the foot of the pad, each 3" (7.6 cm) off of
the centerline for the pad. The stuff sack is constructed of ripstop
nylon and has a simple drawstring and cord lock closure with a 1.5"
(3.8 cm) wide handle on the bottom of the sack. The repair kit
comes in a small resealable bag and contains a 0.2 oz (5 g) aluminum
tube of adhesive & two 3.5" (9 cm) by 5" (13 cm) patches.
Inflating the pad using the integrated pump took me a few tries to
figure out. The deflation valves must first be closed and the
inflation valve stops opened. Covering the inflation valve with my
foot and pressing downward forces the air trapped within the pump
through a one-way valve into the air chamber. Removing my foot from
the opening allows the foam to expand and the pump is ready for
another stomp. Describing the pump as a pillow is misleading as it
doesn't protrude much (if any) beyond the top plane of the pad.
It's really a pump that's integrated into the pad. Once I got the
hang of it, I could inflate the pad with very little effort in less
than a minute. I also have inflated the pad by blowing air into it
and found the effort required to be minimal and was able to fully
inflate the pad in just slightly over a minute. Although I think
the integrated pump design is quite clever, I believe it to be an
unnecessary luxury and the additional weight this feature adds isn't
worth the convenience.
I'm a warm sleeper and carry a 30 F (-1 C) Marmot Arroyo long
sleeping bag. When the low temps are above 55 F (13 C), I sleep
directly on the pad utilizing my unzipped bag as a blanket and have
experienced no discomfort due to a cold pad. I have used the pad
down to 25 F (-4 C) with my bag fully zipped, my Capilene 3s on, and
a sock hat with very little discomfort from the cold.
I'm a side sleeper and tend to sleep in what could be loosely
described as the fetal position with a wadded up jacket in between
my knees. The pad is plenty wide enough to accommodate this
position and I have found it very easy to keep on the pad throughout
the night. Sleeping comfortably is a priority for me and I am
pleased with this pad. On soft ground I have slept well with no
soreness. On hard rocky soil I learned the importance of getting
the pad inflation adjusted correctly. The adjustment valves are
located at the foot of the pad and my wife was quite annoyed by
my "adjusting" during the night. I now sleep with the foot of the
pad by my head to allow for quick and quiet adjustment. I have also
experienced one of the two air chambers going flat during the
night. It turned out that the deflation valve wasn't closed quite
tight enough allowing a very slow leak to ensue. I was too lazy to
figure that out at 2 AM, so I slept on the half of the mat that was
still inflated. It took quite a bit of care to not slip off it
during the night but it wasn't too burdensome. Overall I think the
pad is pretty comfortable for a backpacking air mattress although I
do get sore shoulders & hips when using it. My wife (112 lb / 51 kg)
finds the pad to be almost as good as a regular mattress and
experiences no soreness. If I were designing this pad I would
narrow it up, make it a mummy shape, and put all of the weight
savings into making the pad thicker. My quest for a stripped down
pad made of the lightest available materials yet thick enough to
keep me from getting sore shoulders & hips unfortunately continues
Deflation of the pad is easy. I just open both deflation valves at
the foot of the pad, fold the mat along the long axis into quarters
and roll it up. I do have to put some effort in keeping the folds
of correct proportion while rolling it up. After I have it rolled
up, it slips easily into the stuff sack. I carry the pad on the
outside bottom of my pack; however it would pack easily on the
All things considered, this pad is pretty comfortable given the
available alternatives; however I think the width is a little
excessive. I have recently purchased the Exped 7.5 AirMat which is
19" (48 cm) wide.
Things I like:
1. The piece of mind that comes with two separate air chambers
2. Anti slip fabric
3. Easy to inflate
Things I don't like:
1. Pad does not prevent my shoulders & hips from getting sore
2. The added weight from the pump
3. Pad width was wider than what I need
Thanks for the help!
Here is the link:
On the personal side....
My twins are boy/girl also. Do you take them out with you? I've
been a little afraid to push it too much with them. We have done a
few 2 nighters with them w/o too much complaining. I've got them
carrying about 6 lbs (sleeping bag, foam pad, clothes, and 16 oz of
water). The hardest leg I've taken them on with their packs was
4,500 ft in 7 miles. Just curious what your experiences have been.
I'm always a little hesitant to push them too much as I don't want it
to turn into a negative experience. On the other hand, I can't wait
til they can start humping more miles and carry their fair share of
gear. I don't know if I'd know how to act carrying only my gear!
I'd have to get a different pack for sure!
- All right Brian,
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