Over the years I’ve used a lot of different sleeping pads for camping, I’ve also slept right on the ground with nothing but a sleeping bag. Exped’s Mega Mat is my all time favorite sleeping mat. It rivals my bed at home, and I have an awesome bed. Though it is relatively light weight, it’s rather large and is not meant for backpacking, Exped has that covered with appropriate back country sleep pads. But it is The Ultimate sleeping pad for car camping–it’s extra long, extra wide, and unbelievably comfortable.
I hesitate to use the word “luxury” with Exped because they are sort of a hard core company that provides minimalist gear for expeditions and whatnot. However, I’m telling you, short of bringing your mattress from home, it’s not going to get more comfortable than this. It’s probably a whole lot better than some mattresses. At the same time, if you have a way to transport it (llamas?) you could use this for sleeping in more extreme conditions. Exped founder Andy Brun mentions sleeping on ice in his demo video while he shows you how simple it is to use.
It comes in a roomy stuff sack with an innovative cloth air pump. The mat self inflates to a point and you can use the pump to adjust the mat to your comfort level. It’s very straightforward and couldn’t be easier to manage.
The Exped Mega Mat is good looking with certified eco friendly non toxic red and gray fabric with a nice honeycomb pattern. This mat meets Oeko-tex standards and there is absolutely no chemical smell. I like that there is a valve for inflating and a separate valve for deflation. The Mats have toggles so they can connect to each other easily forming a double mat. I love this attention to detail, and that everything simply works, there’s no frustration factor here. They are a little spendy, but this is quality. You buy it once and you’re done. Believe me, after you sleep on this, you’ll be wrecked for all other camp pads. Find it HERE