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Exped downmat 9

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Gray, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Gray

    Gray Full Member

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    Hi, does anyone have any experience with the downmat 9. Mine has developed a big air bubble in it which apparently is not repairable. So, if I where to cut one end open and insert a cheap self inflating mat, would the downmat still insulate me from the ground. Thoughts please guys and girls. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Thanks Toddy, its a huge big lump which makes the mat unusable. They are so expensive and I just can't afford to get a new one. I love the warmth it provides in the winter and I'm hoping to be able to kind of rescue it.
     
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    Try getting in touch with the company. Do you have any sort of guarantee with it? Thermorest will repair or replacement and have a lifetime guarantee . I don't know about your mat but it's worth a try, particularly if you have only had it a few years. They are an expensive bit of kit so as long as it's not general wear and tear such as a puncture that can be repaired at home ...most mats have a puncture repair kit as standard nowadays.
    It sounds like delamination. They should repair or replacement as it's a defect.
     
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    It is delamination but I've had the mat about 7 years and you only get a 5 year warranty. I'm not complainig about it, the mats been fantastic and i would buy another but cant afford one. I'll try looking for a 2nd hand one and start saving, thanks a lot for the advice.
     
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    That's a real shame. Have a look at the end of season sales. This time of year a lot of stuff is sold off cheap as they will have new versions comming out next season.
     
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    Did you get in touch with Exped? Tell them their guarantee isnt as good as Thermarest but still you want to stick with them? hint, loyal customer,.
     
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    You can try millets end of season online sales. They have a berghaus peak pro insulated mat for £64 right now.
     
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    I have the Exped Down Mat 9 too, and if mine died I'd buy another. It really does beat the rest hands down.

    I think it'd be worth contact Exped and asking; they're very good with their guarantees and so on, and they might like to actually see how this one failed.
    Nothing to lose by trying.

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    I do not think it beats a alpkit duomo and a nice soft wool blanket for the top, not in weight or warmth, but perhaps compactness. The hardness and sterility of these mats mean you have to have a bit of padding.
     
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    Mine's not hard, it's sort of rounded, but then, so am I :oops:

    Honestly I've never felt the need for padding on top of the downmat, it's firm and warm beneath me, and a sleeping bag or quilt on top's enough.

    The end result of rheumatoid arthritis is that at times I really ache, but the downmat is comfortable even with swollen joints.

    I think technology has moved along so much since the days of the first closed cell foam mats, and we were delighted with those compared to a blanket and a bit of oilskin beneath us to sleep upon. There are so many options now that we can chop and change as we, and the budget and weight limit, allows.

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    Have a word with them anyway, they can only say no but you may be surprised.
     
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    I had the same happen to my first one, and I ended up replacing it because it was so good.
     
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    I'm still lookin for a foam mat with comfortable. 2 type layer foam about an inch thick. I know they did some thinner ones with 2 foam types but they where about 1cm thick.
     
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    That's a blast from the past :D
    We still have a bright orange one like that up the loft. It folds, concertina style, there's no way to roll it.
    Fills a rucksack all on it's own, but when Himself was car camping to get near to a range of hills for climbing, it was ideal.

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    Reading of incidents like this, I sometimes wonder if Exped have a problem with the adhesives they use in the manufacture of their kit.. The summer before last I was camping in Norfolk and returned to my tent one day to find that it had been invaded by a grey, Hump Back Whale.

    Hello! I thought, how did you get in here? Then I realised it was the Exped mat that had suffered a transformation. The middle two tubes had become one and now lay bloated and about 6 inches higher in the middle than at the sides. Obviously whatever kept the tubes together had failed.

    I can't remember the model number, it had a built in 'pump' area that had to be depressed to inflate the mat. Not 2 years old, somewhere around £100 I think I paid for it. I had used it throughout the previous Winter quite frequently and always kept it deflated and stowed flat when not in use.

    I never did enquire with Exped about replacement, although I did consider painting a couple of eyes on it and chucking in the pond to frighten the locals.
    Back to a spongy (Dutch) kip mat now. zzzzzzz

    :D
     
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