EXPED’s goal to provide an optimized outdoor experience has been prevalent since the ’80s, and it’s carried over quite well into the new generation. Now, the brand looks to deliver on a wide array of backpacking mats that make it easier than ever to find one that suits your needs. The outdoor brand’s Backpacking Line comes to shape by way of three separate series, those being the multi-faceted Versa, incredibly light Ultra, and mega sturdy Dura.
Each of these sleeping mats comes available in a wide variety of widths, sizes, and most importantly, warmth levels, providing any outdoorsman with a piece of equipment tailored to their next adventure. Starting with the Versa, this comes available in a pair of choices, the first of which is insulated by 60 g/m2 Texpedloft microfiber, while the second ups the ante with 160 g/m2. Moving on, the lightweight Ultra is geared toward activities like thru-hiking and backpacking. While there are three Ultra options available, the highlights include an air-insulated 1R Duo M, as well as the RDS-certified down-filled choice that’s capable of enduring temperatures as low as -20° F.
Rounding out the trio is the extra-warm Dura, which is intended for everything from long-term alpine expeditions to rugged overlanding trips. Also boasting three available options, the 5R Duo and 8R MW are each built to withstand temperatures below zero, while the former is a bit larger. There’s also the more affordable and less-extreme-rated 3R MW. For added peace of mind, each of these sleeping mats is Okeo-Tex 100 Certified, and EXPED has also crafted its wide array of sleeping mats from 100% post-recycled plastic content, with the entire line being certified as climate neutral by myclimate.
If you’ve been having trouble finding just the right sleeping pad for your next outdoor adventure, then EXPED’s expansive new line is something to keep in mind. The trio of options is available at REI in their respective sizes and insulation capabilities starting from $100.
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