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Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
blowing up Synmat UL 7? on 04/15/2013 21:22:49 MDT Print View

Got one of these and it indicates that I should blow it up by mouth. I'm concerned with getting condensation in the insulation. I know with my downmat its a big no no and assumed it was for this one to.

Should I buy the separate pump?

Any cool pumps out there other than the exped stuff sack one?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: blowing up Synmat UL 7? on 04/15/2013 21:30:24 MDT Print View

It's a great question. I have had my mat for just over 2 years and use my mouth to blow it up. I acknowledge no degradation that I can measure but I suspect to increase the longevity of the pad, a pump might be better?

just Justin Whitson
(ArcturusBear) - M
Re: blowing up Synmat UL 7? on 04/15/2013 21:34:26 MDT Print View

A lot of people here seem to use and recommend the ultra cheap and light "instaflator" pump and say it works well. I have no experience with it, so can't say. I plan to get it at some point though.

William S.
(Balt)

Locale: East Coast
Exped pump on 04/15/2013 21:39:53 MDT Print View

Exped also makes a "Mini Pump" that snaps onto the inflate-valve and works pretty fast. Weighs 40 grams/1.4 oz. Packs in a little stuff sack - 4.7" x 2", 16 cm x 5 cm

Edited by Balt on 04/15/2013 21:43:42 MDT.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: blowing up Synmat UL 7? on 04/15/2013 21:41:18 MDT Print View

The exped schnozzle is a work of art!! It came with the downmat I just purchased and I have never been so impressed with such a simple piece of gear. And it doubles as a waterproof dry bag to keep my quilt in. Worth every penny.

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Just get the schnozzle on 04/15/2013 21:52:50 MDT Print View

The schnozzle is big enough to function as a pack liner as well. Very ingenious piece of gear.

Marc Kokosky
(mak52580) - F - M

Locale: Washington, DC Area
Schnozzle on 04/15/2013 22:32:21 MDT Print View

Also have to throw my hat in for a Schnozzle. It pumps up my long wide UL7 in 4 bagfuls, weighs 2 oz, which is less than my trash compactor bag liner I was using and serves as a complete dry bag.

Josh Brock
(needsAbath)

Locale: Outside
thanks on 04/15/2013 22:48:44 MDT Print View

Thanks guys I checked out the different options. and at the weight of those things I will get one.