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Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review
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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review on 06/11/2013 21:48:21 MDT Print View

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Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
No Schnozzel? on 06/12/2013 07:39:44 MDT Print View

I'm surprised you did not include the Expec Schozzel Pumpbag in this review! Works fast, super lightweight, excellent double use as sleeping bag drybag! I think it's the real winner in the Exped pump family.

Dave Grey
(dapperdave) - F
Schnoz! on 06/12/2013 07:43:00 MDT Print View

+1 Schnozzel, light, effective and multi-use.


Victor Bushkov
(Victor_B) - MLife
Trash bag on 06/12/2013 09:26:57 MDT Print View

I just use trash bag instead of a pump.

Edited by Victor_B on 06/19/2013 02:45:31 MDT.

marvin barg
(Grampa_Kilt) - MLife

Locale: British Columbia
Re: No Schnozzel? on 06/12/2013 10:50:58 MDT Print View

Whomever makes an adapter for use with screw type inlets will get really rich...well probably not, but will have the abiding appreciation of many users. Grampa Kilt

(visserj) - MLife
Adapter on 06/12/2013 12:07:01 MDT Print View

I bought a white PVC fitting from the hardware store and attached a piece of clear plastic hose that will fit over the valve of my Big Agnes air mat.

Anthony Huhn
(anthonyjhuhn) - F - MLife

Locale: Mid West
Screw type valve adapter on 06/12/2013 14:31:14 MDT Print View

Thermarest makes a "schnozzle" adapter for their pads

Oh and Big Agnes makes a pump sack

Edited by anthonyjhuhn on 06/12/2013 14:32:50 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Exped Airmat Pumps Review--omitted the Schnozzle on 06/12/2013 14:40:40 MDT Print View

I, too, would like to have seen Roger [edited later, sorry about the mixed up identity!] include the Exped Schnozzle (sold with the Exped UL7 Downmat or can be purchased separately for other Exped pads) in his review. I believe it has been around for at least 2 years now. I understand that it works as a pack liner, too.

I have the BA pump sack [mentioned by Anthony] and found that it is useless for anything except blowing up an air pad or to use as a non-waterproof (and therefore useless, IMHO) stuff sack. It is most definitely not waterproof! I suppose you could use it as a leaky shower, but a wet bag is not what you want for pumping up an insulated air pad. It doesn't hold air, either, so is useless as a pillow (its other advertised purpose). Like Victor, I also use a plastic trash bag to pump up my insulated air pad.

Edited by hikinggranny on 06/16/2013 10:06:31 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Exped Airmat Pumps Review--omitted the Schnozzle on 06/12/2013 14:44:25 MDT Print View

I love the Snozzle, it makes a fine pacliner and pillow.

William Coulam

Locale: Northern Utah Rockies
Exped Schnozzel on 06/12/2013 16:41:33 MDT Print View

Another vote for the Schnozzel. Just got one a few weeks back to go with my UL7. It's wonderful. 1.4 oz and doubles as a waterproof stuff sack for the new zPacks down bag. I just lift it up and help it "gulp" air, fold over the top and it's now one giant lung. Doing this well twice fills my pad. Not so well, it takes two and half fills of the bag. Love that I'm no longer blowing in the warm, moist air of my own lungs.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review on 06/12/2013 17:36:05 MDT Print View

i've never seen or heard of anyone using the mini pump. A few like the pillow. As you can tell by the comments that the Schnozzel is the crowd favorite.

Edited by kthompson on 06/12/2013 20:40:16 MDT.

Jim Milstein
(JimSubzero) - M

Locale: New Uraniborg CO
Schnozzel! on 06/12/2013 20:25:28 MDT Print View

Yes, the Schnozzel is dope! I mainline the Schnozzel. When not pumping, it keeps stuff dry and sorted in the pack, the kind of stuff that comes out when making camp.

However, as a pillow it fails me. Maybe my head is too dense.

EDITED: to correct spelling of Schnozzel. The other spelling has nothing to do with pump bags but everything to do with schnozzes. Being a pedant is a great burden sometimes.

Edited by JimSubzero on 06/12/2013 20:30:28 MDT.

Marc Kokosky
(mak52580) - F

Locale: Washington, DC Area
Also wondering about the Schnozzel on 06/12/2013 22:13:06 MDT Print View

I also can't believe there's no mention about the Schnozzel. Generally these reviews are very informative and spot on in their coverage of products. However, this review is an epic failure since it makes no mention of the easiest and most popular and versatile of the Exped pumps. This review was a real letdown.

Tad Englund
(bestbuilder) - F - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Point of order on 06/13/2013 00:35:46 MDT Print View

Just so we are on the same page-

Roger Caffin wrote the review not Will. Not that it matters but I think Roger should get the credit for writing it.

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
Eped Schnozzle on 06/13/2013 05:48:47 MDT Print View

Will the Schnozzle work on other mats? I have a couple of Kooka Bay pads.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Eped Schnozzle on 06/13/2013 06:37:14 MDT Print View

Exped makes a bag called the Schnozzle which to my understanding works great to not only fill up the mattress but also as a pack liner. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet.

(dang it it was a joke stop throwing stuff at me!)

I just purchased the REI Flash air pad. The valves look suspiciously like the ones on the Exped mattress. The REI associate wasn't sure but he believed that REI has a contract with Exped to make this pad.

Anywho I'm ordering a schnozzle to see if it will work. BTW this pad weighs a fraction of an oz more than one pound on my scale with the stuff sack, uses primaloft, has an R value of 3.2 and is $55 cheaper than the Synmat UL 7.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 06/13/2013 06:40:34 MDT.

Jay Johnson
Instaflator on 06/13/2013 12:33:33 MDT Print View

I'm a huge fan of the instaflators. It's not so much a foot pump, but 2 breaths gets my memo astro insulated filled up with minimal effort. Really light weight too. It could be used as a water holder in an emergency for a multiple-use option.

Mark Freakley
Not a blowhard on 06/13/2013 18:52:44 MDT Print View

Another vote for the Schnozzel here. Works very well with the UL synmat.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Not a blowhard on 06/13/2013 20:33:18 MDT Print View


Not the least of which because the name is really cool.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Synmat UL7 and Schnozzel on 06/13/2013 22:35:37 MDT Print View

Used my Synmat recently to sleep on the cold hospital floor after the birth of my son. The nurses were very impressed with the system, especially the Schnozzel pumpbag. I also use six or so inflated ziploc bags inside the pumpbag as a pillow.