Exped MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad
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- Upper and lower face fabrics: 100% Polyester/ Airbarrier 100% TPU film; fill: 100% PU open cell foam
- The ultimate in comfort
- Flat Valve Technology features low profile valves for inflation and deflation are protected and durable
- 3-D construction with vertical sidewalls for super comfort
- Measures 77.5 inches long by 30 inches wide
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The MegaMat 10 is as comfortable as it can get at basecamp, in a camper van, or where light weight is not the main priority. It pioneers a new generation of self inflating 3D mats with a level sleeping surface from edge to edge. Cold nights in the backcountry never sounded so good.
Color: Ruby Red
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This mattress most directly competes with the Therm-a-Rest Dreamtime XL. They are comparable in both size and price. They're each the flagship of comfort for their respective companies. I'll compare the two for you.
Sleeping Comfort: This is a subjective quality. Depending on your preference you may prefer either one. I'd say the big advantage of the DreamTime is that it feels less like a standard air mattress and more like a regular mattress. However, it feels like a FIRM regular mattress. There is less than an inch of memory foam on top of a firm 2.5" self-inflatable air mattress. No matter how I adjusted the air pressure. The overall impression was always a soft initial feel followed by a firm experience long term.
The Exped MegaMat has more of the bouncy, stretchy standard air mattress feel. However, with four inches of inflatable mattress, it is more adjustable. It can be made firm, or it can be made into a softer more plush sleeping experience. I personally sleep better on the MegaMat. Your mileage may vary.
Extra-curricular activities: For extra-curricular, non-sleep activities, the Dreamtime gets the edge. Again, this is due to its firmness and less bouncy air-mattress feel.
Durability: The Dreamtime is less likely to "pop" due to puncture because it has an inflatable mattress that is then covered by a ripstop polyester on the sides and bottom and memory foam and polyester fleece on the top. However, the Exped does appear very durable as well, and it comes with a high-quality stuff sack and patch kit. Also, I suspect the microfleece top of the DreamTime is more likely to snag and tear than the MegaMat's surface.
Water resistance: The MegaMat is more water resistant. The DreamTime XL is mostly water resistance. However, in the right conditions water can get into the zippered cover and wet the memory foam.
Weight: MegaMat is a couple of pounds lighter.
Pack size: MegaMat is smaller when packed
Expanded Size: MegaMat is slightly bigger in all dimensions when expanded.
Ground Insulation: MegaMat has slightly better insulation with a 9.5 R rating vs 9.0 for DreamTime. Both have excellent insulation though.
Off-gasing: MegaMat foam is oeko-tex 100 certified. This is a very high European standard for personal and environmental safety. There is no detectable odor from either the air released from the mattress or from the mattress covering itself. Although the Dreamtime's Isotonic memory foam is certified through Certipur, this is a weaker certification. There is detectable off-gassing odor from both the memory foam and from the foam inside the inflatable mattress.
Dust mites: Megamat is fully encased in airtight covering. Dust mites will not survive inside. Dreamtime memory foam is open-cell and the top polyester micro-fiber allows air to pass through. The DreamTime has the potential for more dust mites.
Inflation: MegaMat wins. It comes with an elegant light weight compressible air-pump. The mat has a separate inflation valve that won't allow air to escape. There is no rush to close the valve once you are finished pumping. Exped video is available on YouTube. It is a little tricky to close the valve when the mat is in certain stages of inflation though. I find it helps to sit on the mat when trying to close the valve on a partially inflated mat. Dreamtime needs to be inflated by mouth and it can be tricky to close without losing air.
Deflation: MegaMat wins. It has a separate deflation valve that won't allow air back into the mat. There is no worrying about air rushing back in when you are folding up the mat.
Surface feel: The DreamTime has a luxurious polyester microfiber top on top of the memory foam. It feels really cozy. However, the polyester tricot surface of the MegaMat is really very nice too. While it has a less "cozy" feel, I find the MegaMat's surface is more breathable, and I sleep better on it. But this is a matter of preference.
Country of Origin: The MegaMat is designed in Switzerland and manufactured in Taiwan. The DreamTime is designed in the U.S. Its self-inflatable inner mat and memory foam are made in the U.S. Its outer cover is made in China.
Fit Finish: Overall both products have good fit and finish. However, the DreamTime memory foam and cover can be moved off center and the Chinese manufactured cover had some loose threads. Also, the air nozzle holes in the DreamTime outer cover are very low in the cover. This makes the air nozzles fold down perpendicular to the mat and point in the ground.
Quietness: MegaMat is quieter. The inner mattress for Therm-a-rest can make a loud rubber creaking sound when you move on the mat. The Megamat's outer surface can sometimes make a softer "crinkle" sound when moving.
Ease of cleaning: MegaMat wins. The microfiber of the dreamtime is a lint/down magnet. The cover can be washed but you still may have to hand clean some areas. Megamat can be wiped down.
Coupling mats: The DreamTime comes straps on the bottom for joining a similarly configured Therm-a-rest mattress. The MegaMat comes with a separate compact slip-on "butterfly" adapter for joining to a second MegaMat. If you buy two MegaMats, you'll have two couplers. I haven't tried either method, but I'd say the Therm-a-rest's coupling technology looks more robust with the drawback that the straps are always attached even if you'll never use them.
Included accessories: MegaMat comes with elegant stuff sack with small pocket that has waterproof packet with repair kit, mat-coupler and instructions. It also includes a compressible hand pump. DreamTime has always attached straps for holding rolled mattress closed. It also has always dangling straps for connecting a second mat. It has side buttons for connecting the Therm-a-rest blankets sold separately.
Available accessories: Therm-a-rest sells a variety of covers, pillows, blankets, and repair kits separately. Exped sells pillows, ground covers, additional repair kits, and additional pumps separately.
Longevity update 7/16/2013: My Exped Megamat has been used more than 100 times over the last year and is holding up very well. The only issue has been with the deflation valve. There was a small rubber piece which originally prevented air from going back into the mat during deflation. This rubber piece has broken off and now air can get into the mat when the deflation valve is open. However, this has ended up being an improvement for my use. It is a noticeably quicker to deflate the mattress now. I have not found accidental re-inflation to be an issue with my technique for deflation ...which is to roll it little and then kneel on the rolled section to remove all air before rolling it a little more. Repeat.
Tip for finding comfort level: If you don't know what comfort level is comfortable for you, try the following. First fully inflate the mattress. Don't be afraid to pop it. That won't happen. It can take a lot more pressure than you'd think. Then use this fully inflated stage as a starting point. Try it out of a good while. If this isn't comfortable, let out just a little air by pressing in the rubber guard on the inflation valve with your finger. Try the new inflation setting for a bit. Repeat until you find a comfortable inflation level.
After 2 weekend camping trips, The Exped has helped me regain comfort while camping! As a side sleeper, I really appreciated the wide area of the mat. My previous mats I seemed to always wallow off but this thing kept me on it all night. While it is inflated and inches thick, it is nothing like an air mattress. It is very stable and has no waterbed feel. While many reviewers have commented "this is better than my mattress at home"; I definitely wouldn't go that far. While not your home mattress, this thing is comfortable.
It is very well constructed and comes in a great bag. As everyone else has said, this is not a backpacking mattress. It is big and heavy. It is great from the car our on our canoe camping trips. If you are in the market for a big comfortable mattress, look no further. The only negative is the ridiculous little pump they include with the pad. While you can inflate the pad with it...I hope you have lots of time if you try. Get a better pump.
-This mat is exceptionally warm; last year we used an air mattress and were cold every night, having to wear extra layers of clothing and use extra blankets. Since you lose a lot of your body heat to the cold ground, using this mat resulted in being able to use a lighter sleeping bag, and only one layer of sleeping clothes.
-This mat is almost as comfortable as my TempurPedic at home. Even without extra inflation - just letting it self-inflate fully - kept my 195 lbs off the ground when lying flat. This is awesome since you don't have to worry if it springs a leak - once the foam expands fully it will keep you off the ground.
-It is soft and plush - without the squishy feeling or the firmness of a regular foam pad. Definitely better than most hotel beds. I'm keeping these at home for guests.
-Compared to other sleeping pads of the same size and thickness, it is much lighter and packs smaller. Watch the YouTube video on how to pack it properly
-The separate one-way inflate and deflate valves are a huge value; you can't appreciate it enough until you've tried to deflate a regular pad...
-And lastly, the craftsmanship is superb. The materials are high-end, non-slippery and great-looking. The product oozes quality, and the included mini-pump is great.
One con: I wish they made those extra-wide... 30'' is fine, but 40 inches would be sooo much more comfortable...
Hope this helps.
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