EXPED SYNMAT HL DUO WINTER M
OUR TAKE “Winter camping makes for some long nights, but they’re a lot easier when I can snuggle up to my significant other,” says one Colorado tester, which is why he chose the Duo for frigid, cuddle-worthy evenings. The Duo is slightly wider than a pair of standard 20-inch sleeping pads, and although it tapers down to 32 inches at the foot, our testers had no issues with roominess. The Duo boasts a 5.0 R-value (suitable for snowcamping), thanks to synthetic insulation, and packs down to the size of a loaf of bread.
THE DETAILS Separate air chambers on each side let both sleepers tailor the firmness to their tastes. As with other Exped double wides, full deflation is a little laborious. Note: The Duo is also available in a 77.6 x 51.2 x 2.8-inch version if you want even more elbowroom. The only tradeoff? It’s pricey.
TRAIL CRED “We used the Duo on subfreezing nights in Norway while doing some spring touring, and I couldn’t feel any cold spots while sleeping on snow,” one tester says. $319; 72 x 41.3 x 2.8 inches; 2 lbs. 5 oz.; exped.com