Last year I’ve bought the Exped Synmat Winterlite LW. I had a couple of different reasons to buy this one.
- It’s 9 cm thick
- The R value is 4.9 (for colder temperatures)
- LW means it’s the large version and it’s 197 cm, that’s long for a sleeping pad
- The weight is 575 grams (19.4 oz). Definitely not the lightest, but I think it’s a good compromise
- It’s expensive but I found one with 25 percent discount on it
Of course you can try the sleeping pads out in the shop, but I think it’s not gonna be that realistic. First of all, you’re not tired, second of all, because you’re out you are wearing more clothes and third of all, you problably not gonna have your sleeping bag with you. At least, I didn’t. It’s important to look at the specs and if you see something you like, try it out and if you don’t hate it immediately, just get it and quite literally, sleep on it 🙂
I’ve slept between 10 and 15 nights on it now and overall I’m a happy camper with this sleeping pad. For some reference, I’m a tall guy, 198 cm long and my weight is about 103 Kg. I have some positive points, but also some negative.
The sleeping pad with an R value of 4.9 can be this light because the shape is tapered to the bottom. I haven’t found any inconvience with this. The top is wide enough to turn left and right witout falling of. It takes a little bit getting used to, to hold your legs on it.
Another positive point is the size when it’s packed, it’s quite small. Also, the valve is flat without mechanical parts. When a pad goes flat, most of the time it’s the valve to blame and this is quite a good one.
What I don’t like that much is maybe a problem for every sleeping pad, but when I lay on it in my sleeping bag, it can get slippery. Probably this has got something to do with the fabric of my sleeping bag, but it’s one thing I’ve noticed. Also, it can be tricky to get all the air out it. The sleeping pad is filled with a synthetic microfiber insulation which is bonded to the top and bottom interior of the pad, with baffled chambers, running lengthwise, that trap warm air heated by your body in between. With this construction I can imagine it can be a bit harder to get all the air out of it.
I will be taking this sleeping pad with me on my thru hike. I’ll share my experiences with this sleeping pad in the future.
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