December 22, 2011 Exped DownMat 7 Gear

Exped DownMat 7

Yes, there is down (as in feathers) in Exped’s DownMat-series sleeping pads, which include the DownMat 7 and the DownMat 9, in lengths from short to long. Putting feathers inside your sleeping pad may sound a little strange, but it works out to have exactly the same effect as putting feathers in your jacket: it (more...)...

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March 2, 2011 Exped Sim Comfort 10 DLX Gear

Exped Sim Comfort 10 DLX

If you’re in the market for an ultimate-warmth base camp pad, take a good look at Exped’s SIM Comfort 10 DLX—and its outrageous 9.5 R-value. Exped’s SIM Comfort pads come in three flavors: the 5 DLX, the 7 DLX, and the 10 DLX (the numbers correspond roughly to insulation values). As the name implies, these (more...)...

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