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Old 27 Apr 2011
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I have the Exped 7DLX - I thought I would need the 9 as I'm quite a large fella but upon investigation the 7 is more than comfortable enough (the DLX gives you a little extra width and length) and the difference in pack size was marked enough that I didn't want the 9.

I got mine from Les at Traveldri Plus - in fact I'm on my second mat as I managed to break the valves of the first one in Australia (old design) which is now impossible to do with the new design. It was replaced under warranty 4.5 years after I bought it. Not bad.

Being a large chap I've tried every sleeping mat there is out there - there's nothing worse than an uncomfortable sleep. The thermarests are the nearest competition, but Exped are so far out in front it's not even close competition.

In fact I was so impressed with the Exped (I promise they don't pay me) it was one of the very first camping gear reviews I ever made.



I'll be making a newer one at some point later this year for the new model.
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Cheers to YOU Matt

Matt,
When first deciding what mattress to buy, your video review was one of the best sources of info for my choice and largely made me decide on the 7DLX. Cheers mate. Currently in Ecuador sleeping and cooking...and riding of course.
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When first deciding what mattress to buy, your video review was one of the best sources of info for my choice and largely made me decide on the 7DLX. Cheers mate. Currently in Ecuador sleeping and cooking...and riding of course.
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Oh... you're making me blush! Thanks dude. Safe travels.
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Has anyone used the Thermarest Luxury Map sleeping mat? Being Vegan, I can't buy the Exped mats mentioned (however comfy) as they're made from down. This looks like a good combination of comfort and small (ish) packing size. I don't want anything too thin!
My understanding of getting the down, the 'locals' that retrieve the down are only allowed to collect it a particular time of the year, once from the nest's prior to laying season, the birds are also protected, from then on.
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Has anyone used the Thermarest Luxury Map sleeping mat? Being Vegan, I can't buy the Exped mats mentioned (however comfy) as they're made from down. This looks like a good combination of comfort and small (ish) packing size. I don't want anything too thin!
Very interested to hear your take on veganism. I have various friends from Jains onwards and really dont get some of them. Some of their motivation is easy but some does not add up.
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I use Ajungilak Mammut Mat, in Norway these are called Ajungilak Bamse Extreme, but they can be found other places:

DRAUSSEN.DE :: Ajungilak Mammut EVA Mat

I use two of these in winter, have slept outdoors in -18 degrees celsius on two of these and with no heat drain whatsoever. With only one there is heat drain when lying on the snow. They don't puncture, rip or tear, very cheap compared to all the so called top end stuff out there (what's so top end about a potential puncture anyway?) They are also very light weight. Completely maintenance free.

I would never consider using anything else for a mat. One in spring/summer/autumn, two in winter.

Down side: They are harder than inflatable ones, and take up more room than the down filled ones.
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Sorry boys, don`t agree.

Using Exped now for many years ..
Exped is nice for sleeping ... but i have the 3. one allready!!!
Allmost every year i have had problems with verry little wholes.
And I talked with many bikers in germany too ... same problem.
I am f ... off ... allways have to swap them. (garanty in germany)

I am waiting for Thermarest Neo Air ALLSEASON.
Available in later summer in germany.
May this one is more stable.
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I have slept on my Thermorest Prolite 4 for many, many months. Several months at a time.

I still have my original Thermorest, it to had given me years of faithful
service. I purchased a new one as they roll up smaller.

I would not swap my Thermorest Prolite 4 for anything.
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