Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Exped Mega Mat: Luxury Meets Bad Ass
I've finally found something that has taken this apprehension away--Exped's new sleep pad, The Mega Mat. This is a game changer for me and takes the sleep pad to a new level. Though it is very light weight, it's rather large and is not meant for backpacking, Exped has that covered with appropriate back country sleep pads. But it is The Ultimate sleeping pad for car camping--it's extra long, extra wide, and unbelievably comfortable.
I hesitate to use the word "luxury" with Exped because they are sort of a hard core company that provides minimalist gear for expeditions and whatnot. However, I'm telling you, short of bringing your mattress from home, it's not going to get more comfortable than this. It's probably a whole lot better than some mattresses. At the same time, if you have a way to transport it (llamas?) you could use this for sleeping in more extreme conditions. Exped founder Andy Brun mentions sleeping on ice in his demo video while he shows you how simple it is to use.
The appearance is good looking with certified eco friendly non toxic red and gray fabric with a nice honeycomb pattern. This mat meets Oekotek standards and there is absolutely no chemical smell. I like that there is a valve for inflating and a separate valve for deflation. The Mats have toggles so they can connect to each other easily forming a double mat. I love this attention to detail, and that everything simply works, there's no frustration factor here.
REI is about to have one of their 20% off coupons and I'm going to go and get another Mega Mat with my coupon. They are a little spendy, I realize that, but this is quality. You buy it once and you're done. Click HERE to find the Mega Mat at REI or HERE to find it on Exped's site.