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Exped MegaMat 10 Review

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Top Pick Award
Price:   Varies from $199 - $219 online  —  Compare at 4 sellers
Pros:  Very comfortable, easy to clean non-slip surface, comes with hand pump, very warm
Cons:  Slowest pad to inflate manually, expensive
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Manufacturer:   Exped


This is arguably the most comfortable sleeping pad we tested and wins our Top Pick award. The Therm-a-rest Dream just barely beats it out because the Dream is cozier and easier to manage. However, the Exped is wider, easier to maintain and maybe the most comfortable pad we have tested. It also has a higher R-value than the Dream. Both are quite expensive, but worth it if you spend a lot of time car camping. See our complete Camping Mattress Review.

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Last Updated:
July 19, 2014


This is arguably the most comfortable sleeping pad we tested. Because it has squared off edges instead of the more rounded edges that the other pads have, it feels even wider than 30 inches. The square edges also means that two pads can be easily put side-by-side side with the included two strap coupler. No other pad came with this feature.

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Ease of Use

This pad has the highest volume of any tested and therefore is the hardest to inflate without a pump. It comes with an innovative, compact, and lightweight hand pump that is much easier than blowing up the pad without it. However, using this pump is still a chore and takes 5-10 minutes. We highly recommend using a hand pump like the Kwik Tek Airhead Hand Pump or Kwik Tek Airhead 12V Air Pump for all the pads in this review. Unfortunately the MegaMat uses a unique valve that doesn't work well with most hand pumps. In contrast, almost all the other pads use tapered valves that a hand pump plastic fitting easily slides over. We recommend using a 12v pump that plugs into your car to get the pad 90% inflated, and then finish with the Exped included hand pump.


With an R value of 9.5, this is the second warmest pad behind the Therm-a-rest Mondo King which has an R Value of 11. But since the Mega Mat is wider and less slippery, you could argue it could be even warmer than the Mondo King as you are more likely to stay complete on it throughout the night. Either way, it's very warm and suitable for the coldest winter conditions.


This is a very expensive sleeping pad and tied with the Therm-a-rest Dream for most expensive pad in the review. If you are only going to car camp less than seven days a year, we recommend the REI Camp Bed 3.5 which is not as high-scoring but half the cost. If you sleep out a ton, we feel this sleeping pad is worth every penny.

Other Versions

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Down Mat Lite 5
  • Great warmth with 4.1 R-Value (Down to 10*F)
  • 2" Thick
  • 1 lbs 6 oz.
  • Great value at $115

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DownMat 9
  • Ultra warm, wintertime sleeping mat
  • 3.5" Thick for maximum comfort
  • Heavy and large when packed
  • $174 - $269

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Exped SynMat 7
  • Cost - $149
  • Weight - 1 lb 14 oz
  • Moderate quality air core pad
  • Large and bulk design at reasonable price
  • Comfortable, thick construction


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Exped Mini Pump
  • Cost - $25
  • Weight - 1.6 oz mini pump for inflating sleeping mats
  • Ideal for winter camping where condensation from breath can freeze inside pad
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   Jan 26, 2016 - 10:11am
Diane Grenier · Hiker · Meriden
The megmat is by far my most favorite car camping mat. I have used many camping mats and cots this is by far the best. It is easy to set up at first it seems like it is taking forever to inflate but all of a sudden it is done and well worth the 10 minutes. Even cold weather camping you will not have to re inflate this mattress. The mattress is comfortable like a well made bed mattress, quiet, and big no falling off the edges. I first purchased this for my husband so he would continue to like camping. He loved it, no more hotels for us. I found myself w pad envy trying to share it with him. Finally bought it for myself. It is dreamy. I am a princess and a pea kind of sleeper. Despite my love of camping I always slept poorly ending up w sore hips and back not anymore on this mattress. I sleep through the night. We camp 21-30 days a year and share it with friends for their trips too. Have had these for three years and they are still as good as when first purchased. I highly recommend them for car camping. My only wish would be that it wasn't so heavy that I could bring it back packing trust me I've thought about it! Love this mattress.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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Aug 19, 2014 - 09:09am
Goldybear1au · Paddleboarder · VIC
We ended up getting this on spec after a detailed desk-top review of all that was out there.

We had been doing the 'car camping-light' thing for a while, using our existing Thermarest Camp Rests for the parents and Thermarest Classic for the kids in the wedding-present big car camping tent, with two sleep areas and a central area.

I was paddling in the Murray Marathon, a 250 mile race over 5 days, and needed something beyond the Camprest to fall into after each day. It is lush!

For comfort, there is no competitor, but it is pricey.

My wife was annoyed at the expense. However, after trying mine out, she said: "where's mine!"

We have had friends stay over and throw them this. They say it is far more comfortable than a fold out.

We intend to use it for flat water paddling trips as well.

If you are after an exceptional nights sleep, particularly if wailed, none better.
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