The Synmat HL Duo is a good choice if you are looking for a comfortable, general purpose double sized mat that's lightweight with suitable insulation for 3+ season use.
Exped says: The world’s lightest, warmest and most comfortable mat in its category, also super compact to pack! Usable as mat for two or comfy mat for one. 2 separate halfs with separate combination valves, so there is no wobbling interference to companion and added safety in case a leak happens.
Next-to-skin comfort and anti-slip GripSkin honeycomb-pattern coating. Laminate is air tight and impervious to hydrolysis.
Clever Pumpsack included: The Schnozzel Pumpbag allows you to inflate the mat instantly while preventing humidity from your breath affecting the insulation. It also doubles as an ultra lightweight compression stuffsack.
Exped's SynMat HL Duo Sleeping Mat is an insulated airbed. Airbeds are easily the most comfortable camping mats available and its only in recent years that they have been made light enough for backpackers, airbeds with insulation go a step further and keep you warmer - this enhances the performance of your sleeping bag and in my view is well worth the extra weight though you need to match the quality of insulation to the conditions you are likely to encounter.
Although this is a double mat its constructed to be lightweight and therefore suitable for backpacking, at 856grams it could be carried easily by one person, especially if that person passes some other shared item to their companion. Even the packed size is not prohibitive.
Exped rates the Synmat HL Duo for use in temperatures down to minus 6C - of course it can be used in much lower temperatures but Exped are saying there are better products for colder conditions - but minus 6C is quite cold, and probably identifies this mat as 3+ season.
Weight and pack size are extremely good, the Synmat HL is 7cm thick so it will match the comfort of most of the Exped range and it has slightly enlarge baffles along each side to help keep you centred on the mat. Its a mummy shaped mat - the very lightest mats are mummy shaped to save weight, some people prefer rectangular mats because they are easier to stay on, but with a double mat this probably isn't as critical. Dual valves and separate chambers for each mat add flexibility - each person can inflate their own side of this mat to their preferred firmness.
There's a single valve for inflation and deflation of each size which minimises weight. The Synmat HL Duo is a good choice if you are looking for a comfortable double sized mat that can be carried while backpacking.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear
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