Video review of this year’s new mat from Exped.
Hyperlite mat from Exped
Hi Mark, Good vid btw. Just one point i have. When i purchased my 7UL mat the bumf said not to blow it up with warm body air as the condensation created will effect the insulation. Has this point changed with the Hyperlite?
I’ve always blown mine up by the mouth. Not sure about the Hyperlite, I will have a look.
Alan I have just had a look at the videos for both products on the Exped website and they both say you can inflate by mouth. No mention of causing an issue with the insulation.
Just checked mine and it said that it is recommended that a pump bag is used, not that it cannot be blown up by body air as i mentioned earlier. It says mildew formation within the insulation can occur otherwise.
Hi Mark, Here is what it said.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU ALWAYS USE THE PUMP BAG TO INFLATE YOUR DOWNMAT AS THE MOISTURE IN YOUR BREATH CAN COMPROMISE THE DOWN FILL AND CAUSE MOULD AND MILDEW INSIDE THE MAT.
Hi Alan. This relates to down which I agree with. My Exped winter down mat has a built in pump and I don’t inflate that with my mouth. The Hyperlite is synthetic insulation so I have never bothered with that. Not sure if it is correct but I never got ill from it as far I know!
Good video demo but I suspected as much, it’s tapered to reduce weight. I’m after a new mat since one of our Thermarests has started deflating very badly in the night but I’ll have to look for a rectangular one, I don’t sleep like a mummy and I want a decent width at the knee level.
Hi Geoff, I seem to be OK on it even on my side. The previous mat I had – Exped Synmat UL 7 is a rectangle in shape- very comfortable and I know has been well received by lots of backpackers.
Hi Mark, yes it does say down but that was the label on my synmat. Maybe they stuck the wrong one on or maybe it corresponds to all insulated mats whichever type of insulation it has. When you think about it any air trapped within a material will turn mouldy just like tent material will if not properly aired.
Alan I think I will continue to inflate by mouth but the Schnozel bag (if that is the right spelling!) looks good and inflates the mat in about two fills.
All the best
I use the schnozzel bag all the time and it is very good. I also used it as my rucksack liner on 2014 TGO Challenge and although it has a flimsy feel to it, and some may doubt its worth as a liner, i can guarantee that it works very well and weighs very little for the size. (59 grams)
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