The comfort factor is the top concern for most campers, and we’ll go straight to the point The Maxped MegaMat 10 is a top-of-the-line product. The 3.9-inch-thick pad is a perfect balance of the softness and support. It offered plenty of distance between my feet and the floor as well as it’s 77.6-inch length was plenty enough for my five-foot-9″ frame. There was never a single time that I felt the ground or roots underneath my bed and my mattress did not fall off at the end during mid-air during the night. This is a typical occurrence for mattresses with shorter lengths. I’ve slept for a number of nights sleeping on REI Co-op’s famous Camp Bed (including the old 3.5-inch-thick model) and the Exped easily beat it in terms of comfort. It’s perhaps the most obvious: I’ve even decided to sleep on the Exped on top of my couch when my guests arrived, as it’s more spacious and gives an improved night’s rest.
The Exped MegaMat Duo was similarly comfy with two campers. The wide 52-inch width and vertical sides proved to be plenty for my wife and I to be able to sleep comfortably without overtaking the one’s space. My only issue would be that it is very easy to feel her moving and roll around through the night, but the issue is much more severe than a regular air mattress. Simply put it is that the MegaMat Duo certainly is an exquisite location to be.
Warmth and Insulation
The MegaMat Duo is packed with premium, open-cell foam with premium open-cell foam, the MegaMat Duo is about as warm as you can get for an inflatable mat that self-inflates. To put it in perspective that, the ability of a mat to shield your body away from ground vibrations is assessed by its R-value. A higher value indicates more warmth and greater protection. In this instance MegaMat Duo MegaMat Duo is rated at 8.1 and is on the top of the range. It easily outperforms rivals like that of Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe S.I. Double (R-value 6.5) and REI’s Camp Dreamer Double (6.6). One of the models with a higher value is Exped’s MegaMat Max 15 at 10.6. I’ve tested the regular MegaMat Duo 10 down into the mid-30s Fahrenheit range I’m able to say that it’s an excellent partner for any season.
Build Quality and Durability
The price is 380 dollars, in it’s Long Wide Double version, the Exped MegaMat is undeniably expensive but it’s made to last. The pad’s upper layer is made of 50 denier (D) polyester that is soft and comfortable to feel but quite robust. It’s actually no less soiled after fighting my Labrador’s 50-pound nails. The 75D polyester bottom provides confidence even on rough terrain (although it’s recommended to place the pad in the tent or over an easier surface). The pad’s sealed seams are completely free of imperfections and imperfections and the valves perform as if they were new, with no leaks.
Weight and Packed Size
With a weight of 9.9 14.7 lbs 14.7 pounds and 27.6 inches x 11.8 inches packed it is a massive beast. MegaMat Duo is unapologetically huge. This shouldn’t cause a significant impact on car camping but it’s worth noting that many other popular two-person models are smaller. For instance the REI Camp Dreamer Double slightly undercuts the MegaMat Duo at 9 pounds 5 ounces, while NEMO’s Roamer Double weighs 8 pounds 4 ounces and Exped’s Dura 5R Duo weighs considerably smaller at just 4 eight ounces, or a mere 8 pounds (although this is because the Dura has an airpad that offers the lowest warmth, comfort and durability of the two options). But the best part is that Exped has included a massive carrying bag that can be used with the MegaMat. The pad can be used even when it is rolled up in a random manner The bag also comes with an internal storage compartment for the pump that comes with it and a repair kit. The handbag-like shape of the long bag is unique, and the strap for carrying is quite thin however it does get the job completed.
Inflation and Deflation
With its self-inflating technology The process of setting it up with this MegaMat Duo 10 with the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is a breeze however, the process will take some time. After removing the bag Simply unroll the pad, and then open the valve for inflating and then connect the plastic toggle to accelerate the process and then let it fill with air. It took around 1 hour for foam’s recovery to be fully after its first use however Exped claims that the process of inflating is expected to take around 15 minutes (I discovered it took close to 30 after the first attempt). After the pad is inflated you can utilize the small hand or foot pump to increase the pressure according to the firmness you prefer (note this pump’s size is a bit small to fill it to a flat level). Although not fast in any way If you’re planning to remove the mat as you finish your the camp chores, you shouldn’t encounter any problems during the process of setting it up. It’s important to remember that you should not utilize using your mouth or mouthpiece to blast the mat. This can cause condensation to build up and eventually cause mold to develop inside the mat.
Inflating to the MegaMat Duo 10 is also quite simple, though it requires patience. After opening the deflation valve, I discovered the best method to begin with the procedure was to lay on the pad until the air stopped from flowing out. After that, I rolled my mat from the foot to the head twice, which took out much of the remaining air. Then, I folded the Exped into half before rolling it a third time and then stuffed it into its carrying bag. Overall, the entire procedure took around five minutes from beginning to end and, in my opinion, is an excellent value for the amazing comfort and warmth that you can get from.
Other Sizes of the Exped MegaMat 10
In the purpose of this test, I tried this Long Wide Double (LW+) version of the MegaMat Duo 10, which is the second-largest model from Exped that weighs 77.6 inches long 52 inches wide as well as 3.9 inches in thickness. It comfortably sleeps two people of average size. It can be tucked away into the majority of large camping tents for cars but those who prefer to spread out might prefer the more spacious Queen model ($449 and 79.9 (59.8 x 59.8 and 3.9 inches.). There’s also an even less hefty Medium Double version that’s a less expensive at $330. It is 72 inches long as well as 40.9 inches wide, with identical 3.9-inch thickness. To complete all of MegaMat 10 lineup are three single-person models that come in a variety of sizes and lengths (MW LW, MW and the LWX). They share the same comfortable design, robust construction and user-friendly design as the Duo however, they are in a smaller package for those who prefer a single mat.
What We Like
- Large, cozy and warm — the ideal mix to get a good night’s rest.
- High-end construction materials and heavy-duty construction are designed to withstand many years of abuse and wear.
- Easy to inflate or deflate using the simple valve system.
- The carrying bag included is easy to use and large enough to allow for less-than-perfect packing.
What We Don’t
- With a price of $380 and nearly 10 pounds The MegaMat Duo 10 is very expensive and heavy.
- Even when tightly rolled the huge and bulky pad can take up a lot of space for storage.
- Inflation can be lengthy, lasting around 30 minutes.
|MATTRESS||PRICE||DIMENSIONS||WEIGHT||R-VALUE||SIZE OF PACKED|
|Exped MegaMat Duo 10||$380||77.6 52 3.9 in.||9 lbs. 14.7 oz.||8.1||11.8 7.6 x 27.6 in.|
|REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Double||$279||78 54 x 55 x 4 in.||9 lbs. 5 oz.||6.6||13 x 27 inches.|
|Sea from Summit Comfort Deluxe S.I.||$339||79 551 x 4 inches.||9 lbs. 13 oz.||6.5||10 x 27 inches.|
|Nemo Roamer Double||$400||The dimensions are 78x52x4 in.||8 lbs. 4 oz.||6.0||11 x 26 inches.|
|Exped MegaMat Max 15||$460||77.6 inches x 52 inches 6 in.||13 lbs. 2.6 oz.||10.6||14 x 30 inches.|
|Exped Dura 5R Duo||$250||77.6 51.2 x 51.2 3 inches.||4 lbs. 8 oz.||4.8||7.9 15 inches x 7.9.|
It’s the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is one of the most comfortable two-person camping beds we’ve slept on, however it’s not with a lack of rivals. Like the MegaMat The REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Double is an inflatable design that self-inflates, 4-inch foam with similar dimensions overall. But it has an R-value of 6.6 The REI Pad isn’t quite as comfortable like it is the Exped (it is adequate to be used in most three-season climates however). We also like the high-end and ease of the Exped’s more luxurious foam construction. The Camp Dreamer is, however, a better value. Camp Dreamer costs significantly less at $279. It all is all about your preferences for camping If you’re planning to go camping in frigid temperatures or want to pay more for comfort then the Exped is a great choice and if you’re seeking the most value for money our recommendation is for Camp Dreamer Double. Camp Dreamer Double.
A third direct rival could be that of the Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe S.I. Double. Similar to similar to the MegaMat Duo, the Comfort Deluxe is self-inflating, and offers lots of high-quality and thick foam (4 inches in this instance). Regarding its sleeping area the Sea to Summit additionally has vertical sidewalls. It also has an advantage in terms of size (79 in. vs. 77.6 inches.) and is 1 inch shorter in width. It’s also priced at $339, which is a bit cheaper than the Mega Duo’s $380 price. However, the price increase has a better heat (6.5 which is compared to MegaMat’s 8.1 R-value) and better endurance (the Comfort Deluxe uses 30D at the top, as opposed with the Exped’s 50D however both pads have bases of 75D). Overall, though both pads put a strong attention in comfort, we recommend the Exped because of the noticeable boosts in insulation and durability.
Nemo is an undisputed top performer in the backpacking and camping market, and their premium Roamer Double is a fascinating option to replace the MegaMat Duo 10. When stacked against the Exped The Nemo is a full half a pound lighter, weighing 8 pounds and 4 ounces, and is to a smaller size, but offers similar dimensions with the same 4 inch thickness. Additionally, you get a top design with durable and high-quality materials (it employs 50 and 75D fabrics) We appreciate that the Nemo has two storage options with a stuff sack as well as a bigger duffel bag for random packing. However, the MegaMat excels in a key aspect price. With a price of about $20 more than Roamer Exped, the Exped gives a good increase in insulation that makes it the better alternative for outdoor adventures all year round. The Nemo’s R-value is 6 and is sufficient for use in three seasons however we would prefer more warmth at a lower cost by using the MegaMat.
Another option to put in your sights is Exped’s own line which is the MegaMat 15. In almost every way it’s the Max is a significant improvement from the basic Duo The thickness increases to 3.9 up to 6, the R-value increases up from 8.1 to 10.6 The price also goes up by 80 dollars. Additionally, the price, the weight and dimensions are increased by quite a bit that can impact both the storage and the process of transporting it. In reality, we’ve never had the desire for an extra thicker mat therefore we’d rather save cost and go with the basic MegaMat however, the appropriately called Max could be a good choice for those looking for the most luxurious and extravagant design.