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    Exped down mats

    Any good? look warm...

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    Hope so, just picked one up at Bivouac sale, 20% off. My mate swears by them.
    Shut up, get out & start pushing!

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    Yeah was considering it too. Look light, warm, and pack down small...

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    grab one. best night sleep I have ever had in the bush, warm and comfortable. Normally I can't sleep on the first night, I toss and turn; I got a Exped Down Mat and have not had any problems sleeping.
    The pump takes bit of getting used to, but once that is sorted, it's easy.

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    What model exped mat did you get CraigC?

    Looking at reviews some have an external bag pump and others have an inbuilt pump- which one have you got?

    Cheers

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    Steve. Mine has the inbuilt pump and is around 1m long. I always use mats around 1m long, as the bulk of all that extra length seems a bit unnecessary as it is really just your hips and shoulders you are trying to keep off the ground. I put my head on bunched up cloths and my feet on my pack/dog!
    I'd put up a picture if I knew how? Do they need to be really small (VGA) or something.

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    I've got the... 7XS? It's ok. Warm, bit heavy. Apparently they don't like getting wet.

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    Heavy compred to what though gimp? They seem pretty light compred to a normal therma-rest type thing...

    Wet as in on the inside or on the outside?

    Thanks guys,

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    It's like 500 or 700 grams or something, there's a thermarest (Neo-air??) that while much thinner and no doubt colder also is like 200 grams or something

    Exped works and I can't be bothered changing so

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    I just bought a Neoair off ebay, 400grams Regular size, $150 NZ incl freight and they are $399 at Bivouac. Man they try to bend us over here!!!

    The only downside to those expeds is the weight- I dont reckon its cold enough here to justify really

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    Depends on how small your sleeping bag is I guess for how warm you need your mat to be...

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    True there are some pretty light bags now

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    Steve, I just weighed my Exped Downmat 7 (short) and it was 640 grams, I was surprised; it did not feel that heavy. I've tried a Neoair in the shop and it felt nice and soft. I've heard they can puncture quite easily; so be careful where you place them on the ground.
    I'm looking forward to a combined gear/hunting report...

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    Yes I read Greg Duleys review on the neoair, I either use a bivvy bag or now the hubba hubba with footprint so punctures should not be an issue. Matagouri is the worst and it put a hole in my old thermarest a few years ago.

    A good nights sleep is real important in the bush, like you Craig I used to have a crap first sleep and then get better from there.

    I now take an oztrail pillow with me and stuff the down jacket into it- absolutely magic!!

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    yeah, might have to invest in a pillow... Don't tell anyone though...

 

 

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