12191Re: DAM Dilemma - Exped or Warmlite?
- Jan 1, 2006Happy New Year!
I have the Exped Downmat 7. The outer fabric is very comfortable
and wicks away condensation pretty well, in my experience.
The Downmat 7 is 19" wide, and it's _almost_ enough to use that
without any other side insulation because it makes me sit up so
high. Very nice...but not quite enough. I don't know which would
be better - that one with the SPE or getting the 26" wide
version...I think it would depend on how the 26" wide one fits in
your hammock. Just something to consider.
I'm pretty impressed with the insulation. Depending on wind, I
think it _may_ be enough bottom insulation to get to zero without
any CCF pads. For the weight and bulk, you might consider making a
TravelPod instead of carrying an additional pad. IMO, it'll be more
useful at those temps than another pad. Of course, then you won't
have a sit pad to carry around camp.
It isn't really difficult to inflate after a few times practicing.
I had a hard time locking the inflation valve in cold weather,
though...had to twist really hard before it popped into position,
which was very frustrating until I figured out what was happening.
BUT mine seems to have a deflation problem, and I've heard this from
a few others. It's usually good enough for the hammock, but when I
used it on the ground on the Winnemucca trip it deflated enough over
about 5-6 hours that I could feel the coolness from the snow coming
through to my hip. If I bent my body just a little bit my hip would
touch the snow underneath.
I haven't used the Warmlite so I can't compare, but I like the
Downmat and I think it's great for cold temps. The inflation thing
isn't a big deal unless you lose the inflation bag in the field, but
the deflation problem is something I'd like to figure out.
Hope this helps!
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