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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Mammut Light Pump Mat EXP Sleeping Pad

A lightweight, inflatable pad that resists compression.

by: William Rochfort

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Our testers praised this inflatable pad's warmth, cushion, and bombproof construction after spending seven straight sub-freezing nights in the High Sierra. Two thin layers of foam sit atop the air chamber (for increased insulation, resistance to compression, and as an insurance policy against a popped pad), combining a total R-value of 5.9. Side tubes stretch from shoulders to hip, and served as guide rails to keep testers on the mat. The integrated hand pump at the base of the pad makes inflation easy (once you get the hang of it), but testers couldn't match Mammut's claims of a 25-second inflation time (it took us 60 to 90 seconds, which is still pretty good). $180; 1 lb. 10 oz.; 72"x20"x3"; mammut.ch

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