Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Path Much less Traveled #079


The Path Less Traveled #079 – Exped Insulated Ultra 3R Sleeping Pad

The Exped Insulated Extremely 3R Sleeping Pad modified the way in which I camp.

Exped is understood for the entire cornucopia of backpacking and sleeping gear, like insulated sleeping pads, backpacks, and even tents; the entire shebang actually. Final 12 months, Exped despatched me their Exped Extremely 3R Sleeping Pad Mat. They name it a sleeping mat, I’ll be calling it a sleeping pad for the remainder of this text.

In any case, after practically a full 12 months (September 2022 – August 2023), I’ve discovered myself bringing this insulated pad increasingly, even on hikes the place the ambient temperature didn’t drop beneath 65*F (18.3 C). By utilizing it on days the place I’d possible simply deliver my Z-Fold, or a generic no-name inflatable sleeping pad, I seen I may run a sleeping bag with much less fill because the pad protected me from mom earth stealing my heat. There have been a bunch extra neat options I’ll cowl, so preserve studying!

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Firm Information: Exped AG / Exped USA

Again in ’83, husband and spouse Heidi & Andi Brun began Exped AG in Zurich Switzerland. By 1997 Exped started dipping their toes into the product recreation themselves, shifting from middlemen to makers. Do notice, Exped LLC in Tacoma, Washington continued to distribute for different manufacturers in America as much as 2009 (that I can discover), and nonetheless distribute some manufacturers into Europe.

Heidi and Andi Brun – they’re the brains behind this. They set off on a wild journey frim 1980 to 1982’ish, constructing a cabin in Canada’s wilderness with simply hand instruments. Bears, survival mode, all that jazz. No regrets although, they are saying, it’s all about nature’s solitude. Quick ahead to at this time, Exped spans 26 international locations and is constant to innovate to make sure outside people thrive, not survive by offering consolation anyplace.

Product Information – Exped Extremely 3R Sleeping Pad

I feel Exped is a bit more well-known in Europe than the US, though I’ve seen an ever rising presence over the previous couple years. The large factor about their sleeping pads are that they’re fairly puncture resistant and don’t sound such as you’re sleeping on crinkly aluminum foil any time you progress.

Sleeping Pads insulated warm exped inflatable Ultra 3R

Environmental AF! At No Value to High quality

As professionals who love the outside in addition to wanting to maintain folks and the planet as wholesome as attainable, the Extremely collection is PFC free, comprised of recycled supplies, bluesign licensed, and carries the OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 label. I needed to look the Oeko-tex one up, it means each part this product is fabricated from has been examined for dangerous substances and decided to be  innocent for human well being. Lastly, Exped manufactures their pads with Feng Yi, a Taiwanese firm in Taichung Metropolis for over 20 years.


Insulation is an enormous deal. It does all the identical issues that forbidden pink panther cotton sweet up in your attic does. The Extremely 3R makes use of 60 g/m³ texpedloft microfibers with an R-Worth of two.9.

down insulation exped camping sleeping pad mummy two person

I can’t discover any information about “texpedloft” on-line, however I did see some demo pad items with home windows that allowed me to see what the down of their Extremely 3R & 5R in addition to the down of their Extremely 7R pads regarded like.

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Met some reps at Exped whereas at Appalachian Path Days 2023!

One way or the other Exped welded the fibers that make up the synpad to the highest and backside partitions of the pad, so when air expands, the insulating fibers additionally develop and assist preserve chilly away out of your physique.

Exped insulation keep warm inflatable Ultra 3R Thru Hike Recommended

Sizing & Weight

The Extremely 3R is the lightest insulated pad Exped makes, and is available in at a bit of over a pound – 465 g to be actual (16.4 oz). With the Airpad 1R weighing 394g (13.9 oz), this implies roughly 71g (2.5 oz) of weight comes from the insulation.

Ultra 3R insulated rolling folding sleeping pad Exped small compact

The 3R is available in a number of sizes you possibly can see on this neat sizing chart. Because the Medium 3R I’ve is a Medium, it’s 72 inches lengthy, 20.5 inches large.

sleeping pad sizes exped ultra 3R medium insulated rectangle mummy

Exped states the packed dimension of the pad is 10.6 x 5.1 inches, however extra on this beneath…

ultralight sleeping pads durable ripstop dyneem sleeping mat exped

The pad is rated for 20*F / -6*C temperatures.

Schnozzle Pump Bag

The Schnozzle Pump Bag UL (Medium) weighs 59 g (2.1 oz), and features as greater than only a pump bag… with a 45L capability it may technically be lots of people’s principal drybag, particularly being comprised of the identical 20D PU coated ripstop the sleeping pad is comprised of. It has a buckle on prime to maintain the roll-top closure closed.

ul drybag ultralight 20d ripstop exped pump bag schnozzle

Utilizing the pump system retains the within of your bag moisture free, as condensation in your breath will mess up the insulation over time and presumably even trigger mildew or moldy stuff to develop. the large air capability of the pump bag can simply fill the pad in three squeezes.

exped schnozzle pump lightweight dry bag for sleeping pad blow


Prior to now fourteen years that I’ve taken backpacking and/or bike packing critically, I all the time defaulted to having a foam pad along with a very shitty Aliexpress inflatable pad offered by a model that had as many vowels because it did consonants within the title; ex: LIIUGHISIE / COUNTRYPLOD, and many others. When some no-name pad mendacity to be 180 grams for a mummy form and solely costing $18.99, it’s powerful to get away from them regardless of most having like… two inches of loft and fewer sturdiness and/or puncture resistance than that Durex which led to your surprising third child.

Exped sleeping mat pad insulated ultra 3r keep warm 3 season
I by no means discovered a weight restrict for this pad, it holds up,

Yeah, they have been unreliable, gentle weight, and low cost, however when bringing a Z Fold sleeping pad anyhow, what’s the purpose in having one thing that’ll burst faster than one of many captains on these Ice Highway Shrimp Gold Panning Trucker exhibits? From September 26, 2022 to August 10, 2023, I used the Extremely 3R on 34 nights. Initially, I used to be hesitant to let go of bringing my Z Fold pad with me, as sleeping on the bottom sucks, and it steals extra warmth out of your physique than that cuddle bug throughout film night time.  After the third night time of the primary journey I went on in Fayetteville, WV, I made a decision to retire the froth pad and simply deliver the Exped.

camping sleeping quiet comfortable durable exped sleeping pad

The froth pad and cheapo inflatable pad I used earlier than have been about 10L of area, and 800g or so (28.2 oz). Simply by taking this one pad, I had saved practically 8.8L of quantity (regardless of it being on the surface of my pack, or getting used as my pack body) and 333g (11.7 oz). That’s an entire meal, and even like a 20,000 maH moveable battery. The probabilities have been countless.

Don’t learn about you, however I solely have two sleeping luggage and cope with the results. Simply because I write and assessment issues doesn’t imply I’m like that one creepy mountain climbing youtuber with the ballcap that evaluations ten sleeping pads in the identical video, and many others. House is a premium, as is value.  For my two sleeping luggage, I’ve a down 20*F bag and a down 35*F bag. I used to have a cheapy down bag that might solely do summer time hikes, nevertheless it acquired binned for area saving.

exped laminate fibers ripstop ultra 3r ultralight sleeping pad

After three days in Fayeteville, three days at Cuyahoga Falls, and one winter journey that ended up with us sleeping in an deserted warehouse resulting from 10″ of snowfall, I began noticing not likely wanting to remain all the way in which in my sleeping bag as soon as the climate broke 50*F at night time.

puncture resistant sleeping pad comfortable thick 3 inches exped sleeping mat
You may see the insulation very nicely when compressed.

By that point, I purchased a skinny, stretchy bag liner that rolled as much as in regards to the measurement of the Exped sleeping pad, however solely weighed 343g (12.1 oz) as a substitute of my typical 850g (1lb 14oz) down bag. As soon as once more, I had the choice to drop 500g (17.6 oz) when the climate permitted! In complete, this was 833g (29.3 oz) off my summer time pack weight. Which means carrying a second water bottle and stopping much less to refill, or not even bringing a water filtration package on overnights!

exped air bag nozzle schnozzle dry bag ultra 3r
Bag liner and sleeping pad contained in the Exped dry sack.

When you have got 30 ounces taken off your pack weight, one other three or 4 miles don’t sound so dangerous.

lightweight comfortable exped ultra 3r sleeping pad sleeping mat
Harper’s Ferry, WV to Berryville, VA with a 20L pack due to Exped.

Speaking about Weight…

Sleeping Mat lightweight speeling pad UL thru hike Exped Ultra 3R

stuff sack exped ultra 3r dry bag ultralight
Identical to The Nice Communicator, Ronald Regan stated – Belief, However Confirm.

The sleeping pad’s marketed weight was 465g, and the pump bag hitting the scales at a scant 51g. We’re 15g above indicated weight, 2.09% over listed weights – I’m impressed. Hopefully the 8g within the pad is insulation!

I believed you stated it was larger?

roll up foldable small sleeding pad insulated exped ultra 3r
Not all of the air evacuated this time.

The Extremely 3R packs down small. Marketed measurement is a cylinder with 10.6″ L x 5.1″ D. Perhaps I’m actually good at packing issues as my pad got here in at about 8.5″ L x 3.5″ D once I actually tried to avoid wasting area.

sleeping bag sleeping pad exped ultra 3r packs down small
Prefer it or not, that is peak efficiency.

However how does it really feel?

In a 12 months, I’ve spent over a month of nights on this factor, and regretted none of them. Effectively, there was that one night time at Appalachian Path Days the place I had a couple of too many, acquired baked by the solar due to antibiotics (Who knew?!), and Hyperlight Mountain Gear was enjoying bluegrass at 6am. I regretted that morning, however not due to Exped’s sleeping pad.

thru hiking backpacking exped sleeping mat sleeping pad ultra 3r
Forgetting to alter garments after dancing round a hearth whereas folks play trash can drums till 2am and by some means discovering your approach again to your tent within the crowded booby entice, er, man line crammed Tent Metropolis… We’ve all been there, proper?

The pad is thicker than marketed. Whereas Exped states it’s 70mm (2.76 in) thick, my useful dandy micrometer registered it at 86mm (3.4 in). Wasn’t overinflated because it nonetheless was 20.5 large as soon as full. Who is aware of? Both approach, I loved the consolation.

Better of all, it doesn’t crinkle like certainly one of my previous pads from one other firm did. Have you ever ever unintentionally had a wrapper in your pocket whereas in your tent sleeping? Think about an entire chip bag as a substitute! The Exped’s synmat expertise is quiet and lofty. The sleeping pad doesn’t have any silicone traction strains or retention strap holes inbuilt, however I transfer round a lot at night time that I can’t say if the pad stayed below me or not… I’m critically a rotisserie hen on some nights. With that stated, there have been extra nights than not the place I used to be nonetheless on the pad once I woke as much as pee or have morning espresso.

thick sleeping pad not crinkly exped ultra 3r quiet sleeping mat

Keep in mind I stated a couple of associates and I ended up sleeping in an deserted warehouse due to surprising snowfall? Effectively, I additionally had my pizza oven thermometer with me and took readings of the ground my tent was on, in addition to the sleeping pad after some time of laying on it.

Ultra 3R sleeping mat sleeping pad insulated thrive not survive

I’m not forklift of HVAC licensed, however I do know that extra insulation (R-Worth) is often a very good factor when wanting to remain heat. Having a seven diploma distinction between what my physique was laying on and the bottom my tent was on is a win in my guide. Fairly positive somebody within the feedback may inform me how a lot warmth the ground may pull from me, or what number of energy I would want to burn to remain heat at 65*F versus 72*F. These numbers are past me.

Oh, did I say this sleeping pad has a 5 12 months guarantee? Whereas not a lifetime, that’s nonetheless spectacular.

In Abstract, I put this pad by way of some good effort and it got here out simply nearly as good as when it began:

  • The Exped Extremely 3R sleeping pad taught me that good issues aren’t low cost, however they’ll deal with you higher than a budget issues do.
  • Insulation stored me heat sufficient to pack much less garments and a lighter sleeping bag.
  • The two.7 inch marketed top is nearer to three and a few change, by no means had a problem with leaking or in a single day deflation. I stored it inflated and propped towards the wall for 11 days with out seeing the pad sag or present indicators of going flaccid.
  • Having a sleeping pad that doesn’t squeak like a moist shoe, or crinkle like a potato chip bag is a really great factor after 15 miles in in the future.
  • $159 appears like loads of dough to throw at a sleeping pad, however in the event you can drop a pound by carrying a lighter sleeping bag or quilt, the added weight of the insulation is probably going price it.
  • It took me eternally to determine the right way to get the pad fully deflated. Fortunately the man at Path Days simply advisable a wringing-crumpling movement relatively than a fold and press movement. The primary two journeys I took the Extremely 3R on, it ended up getting strapped to the highest of my backpack’s exterior as a result of my fold methodology didn’t get sufficient air out to go within the bag. Lesson discovered.
  • Pump luggage are a necessity, not a need. Having the ability to pump up a pad in lower than a minute with out testing your VO2 MAX is so price it:

I’d give it 4, however I’m too miserly to say $159 is a superb value, however all rivals are additionally on this value vary, not together with various reputations.

Specs: Exped Extremely 3R Sleeping Mat Pad

As per Exped’s Web site:

R-Worth: 2.9
Temperature: −5° C / 20 °F

Measurement Dimensions Weight Packed
M 72 x 20.5 x 3 in 16.4 oz 9.1 x 4.3 in
MW 72 x 25.6 x 3 in 18.3 oz 10.6 x 4.5 in
LW 77.6 x 25.6 x 3 in 19.8 oz 10.6 x 4.7 in


Recycled 20D ripstop polyester, Oeko-Tex® 100 licensed

60 g/m2 Texpedloft microfiber, bluesign® licensed

  • Extremely-lightweight, compact and supportive sleeping mat for when low weight and small packed measurement are essential. Insulated for 3-season use.
  • SYNMAT TECHNOLOGY™ – 60 g/m2 Texpedloft insulation welded to the highest and backside of the air chambers ensures most heat over the lifetime of the mat.
  • Recycled 20 D ripstop polyester is 3x stronger and makes use of much less carbon, power and water.
  • Hermetic, sturdy and hydrolysis-resistant cloth lamination.
  • Welded baffles separate air chambers, create a cushioned and steady sleep floor and forestall chilly spots.
  • EXPED FLATVALVE – Pioneered by EXPED. Giant FlatValves present industry-leading sturdiness, reliability and intuitive efficiency for speedy inflation and deflation.
  • COMFORT CRADLE – Air chambers run head-to-toe, absolutely supporting the physique for an unmatched night time’s sleep and elevated sturdiness. EXPED’s consolation cradle facet rails middle and safe the sleeper on the mat.
  • Schnozzel pumpbag included for speedy, moisture-free mat inflation; doubles as waterproof compression bag.
  • Rectangular design maximizes sleep floor and heat, whereas the tapered design (head to foot) saves weight and and reduces bulk when packed.
  • CARBON NEUTRAL – EXPED measures, reduces and absolutely offsets CO2 from manufacturing and delivery this product.
  • Contents: Mat, schnozzel pumpbag, restore package with glue and adhesive patches, stuff sack

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The Path Less Traveled #079 - Exped Insulated Ultra 3R Sleeping Pad
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