WHW Kit Review
The Exped site here has a stack of useful information on the mat. What it all comes down to is how is it when you’re out and about with it?
Brilliant to sleep on is the answer. Very warm indeed, the Primaloft fill works just as you’d expect. I like the fatness of it when it’s inflated, it smooths out pretty much anything you’re lying on short of a house brick. It’s a good snug fit in the Rab AR top bag and a good match for length. It folds down pretty flat although the pump bit inside does take a bit of persuasion to go down. The internal pump thing (it feels not unlike a pair of socks stuck inside the tube) which you squash with each hand alternately to pump the mat up is actually superfluous, life’s too short to use it and blowing the mat up with your old fashioned lungs is quicker and easier.
It comes with a wee repair kit as does the plain AirMat I’ve been using for a good while. The Synmat 7 is heavy at 900g, but for cold camps it’s spot on and as always the small pack size plus the performance means it finds itself very far away from the Triangle of Despair™ which lurks on the graph of kit worthiness.