Gear at Coast2Coast Sweden 2016 part 4

Another piece of gear new to me, and also a test for Backpackinglight.com, was the inflatable mattress from Exped, a Synmat Hyperlite M, that I used during Coast2Coast Sweden this year.

By Jörgen Johansson

The Synmat Hyperlite M weighs 370 grams and is (almost) full length. Full length for most people no doubt, since it is 1,8 m long (almost because I am 1,9 m). It is 7 cm thick, fully inflated and 52 cm wide at shoulder level, but tapers towards the feet, where it is about 37 cm wide. It has a synthetic insulation inside, like all Exped Synmats, as opposed to the Exped Downmats which of course has down as insulation.

Since my Thermarest NeoAirxL Short got left behind in Alaska last summer I have been looking for a replacement. The Synmat Hyperlite M is heavier (the NeoAir weighed 230 grams) but also longer (the short NeoAir is 120 cm long).


My impression of the Hyperlite M during the fortnight on Coast2Coast Sweden is favorable. I alwas bring a foam pad which I use during the day and underneath the inflatable during the night. This adds quite a bit of insulation but the Synmat felt comfortably warm even during some nights of frost or near frost. It is supposedly good on its own down to -7C, so this was not really a test, just something I noticed.

You inflate the pad with your mouth or with some of several pump bags sold by Exped. Being a cheapskate I used my mouth on some occassions and borrowed pump bags from other Coast2Coasties on other.

The Synmat Hyperlite is certainly comfortable to sleep on and I have only one question mark. I felt that I was sliding downwards on it a lot (the sleeping area is seldom completely level and I keep my feet at the lower end). Sliding more than I am used to at night. However, this could be because of the slipperiness of my sleeping bag fabric (I used a Haglöfs LIM Down, see separate article on this).

I will continue testing this pad during the summer and fall, using other sleeping bags as well, and a full review of the Synmat Hyperlite M will appear in Backpackinglight.com, as mentioned.

1 comment:

Knut said...

I've used the Synmat Hyperlite M quite a bit and have not noticed any untoward sliding with any of my sleeping bags. Recommend to use the Exped Schnozzel Bag UL for inflation to avoid blowing moist air and potential saliva and mouth bacteria into the mat. Also, with the bag it takes less than 30 seconds to inflate. The bag (60 grams) can double as a lightweight drybag for your sleeping bag and a a cover for your puffy jacket providing an excellent pillow.

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