Thought down was just for sleeping bags and jackets? Think again. The Downmat UL7 is stuffed with 700-fill feathers, and tester feedback can be summed up with this direct quote: “Zzzzzzz.” Says one happy camper: “I skipped the extra closed-cell foam pad I usually pack on cold-weather trips, and I stayed warm below freezing, despite the fact that I was in a 40°F bag.”
Cushioning is tops, too. At 2.8 inches thick, the Downmat can absorb any lumps and bumps: “Due to limited campsite selection, I had to sleep on top of an immovable rock that was protruding two inches from the ground—right into my back,” said one tester after a trip in Joshua Tree National Park. “I slept like a baby.” Smart: The side baffles are slightly larger than the rest, which helps keep you centered.
The 20-denier nylon shell requires some ultralight care, but our testers didn’t see any reason for concern after routinely sharing the pad for stargazing in the Rockies. It comes with the Schnozzel Pumpbag (1.4 oz.; $26 if purchased separately), which inflates the pad in minutes. Of course, luxury ain’t always cheap. $209; 1 lb. 4 oz.; 72” x 20” x 2.8”; exped.com
Dual purpose pad/chair. •Bottom flap folds in for extra seat cushioning or out for lounging. •Extra width and back height for more expansive comfort. •Rolls up to only 5.5″ diameter. •Handy attached roll-up strap and hanging loop.
•Improved 8mm high-density cored EVA closed-cell foam provides more insulation and comfort without added bulk.
•Outer shell of durable 210D coated custom ripstop nylon protects from wet ground. •Inner surface of water-resistant, breathable 70D coated custom ripstop nylon is more durable, easy to keep clean, provides better insulation and is totally sealed from sand and dirt. •Virtually unbreakable carbon-fiber stays. •Tight-knit nylon webbing for superior tensile strength. •Reinforced wing connection for durability. •250 pound weight capacity. •Limited Lifetime Warranty.