I'm ready to upgrade from backpacking sleeping pads to some car-camping pads.
I've settled on Exped pads, but I'm torn on the exact model.
I've narrowed it down to three choices:
-Two MegaMat 10 pads and their coupling kit
-Two SynMat 12 pads and the coupling kit
-One MegaMat Duo 10
The only time mine has "leaked", it was actually seepage at the covers of the pump and/or drain port. One trip I needed to pump it up twice overnight because it was getting soft, and in the morning I feared a leak and checked it over. In the end all I did was cycle the drain port cap a few times and it has sealed fine ever since - i.e. no leak.Mine has a slow leak in it. Not happy. Have to put it in the bathtub this week to find it I guess. I used my thermarest last weekend and the Synmats are the poo.
The Synmat 12 is rated to -4F, while the Megamat is -54F. I would think that -4 would be enough for most campers.the synmat are super cool but the megamat has more insulation value
also the self inflating foam properties I think also is what leads to it being so comfy
if space was a bit of a concern IMHO always something to think about the synmat 12 would be the choice
The Synmat 12 is rated to -4F, while the Megamat is -54F. I would think that -4 would be enough for most campers.
For some reason my Megamat has never done any self-inflation whatsoever. I've always inflated it by hand. The Synmat 12 and the Megamat inflate in about the same time. I recommend the smaller yellow inflation bag from Exped: http://www.exped.com/usa/en/product-category/mats/schnozzel-pumpbag-ul-m I found the larger Schnozzel very unwieldy and could only get it 1/3 full.
I own both of these mattresses. I use the Megamat at home but prefer the Synmat 12 for camping because:
--It is very close to the Megamat in comfort.
--It takes up FAR less space when packed.
--Deflating it and rolling it up is MUCH faster. You really have to wrassle with the Megamat to get the air out. You have to roll, unroll, and reroll it about three times. The Synmat deflates easily in a few seconds.
Although you get a bit of extra comfort with the Megamat, to my way of thinking it's not enough to offset the considerable extra weight, packed size, and difficulty of deflating and rolling it up.