Exped mat wins sustainability award

Photo: ©KontraPixel Miriam Mayer | #she is outdoors

On 31 July, She is outdoors presented awards for the first time – specifically for outdoor sports products for women. Among the winners is an Exped product, the new Ultra 3R Mat.

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A total of 37 products from 28 different brands took part in the "Women's Gear Award 21" by #she is outdoors. They competed in five categories as well as the sustainability award and an overall competition. To determine the winners, the international jury conducted countless tests and evaluated products over a period of three months. In the end, the new Exped Ultra 3R (available from March 2022) won the award in the "Sustainability" category.


According to the jury's concluding statement, the Ultra 3R is particularly distinguished by its performance and sustainability values. The mat is made of a fully recyclable main material (20 D Ripstop technology) and the Schnozzel pump bag included in the delivery is also recycled. In addition, the fact that the packaging of the Ultra 3R, like all Exped mats, completely does without single-use plastic is particularly emphasised. In addition, "remarkably little energy and water is used in the production process".

Special attention was also paid to the cooperation with Myclimate. Exped invests in CO2 compensation for the entire product supply chain up to the consumer.

Photo: ©KontraPixel Miriam Mayer | #she is outdoors


As far as the suitability of the mat for women is concerned, the jury named the wide product range in this context. For example, with three models and four lengths, the Ultra 3R offers excellent adaptability to all body types. We are particularly pleased with the following statement: "Overall, the Ultra 3R mattress is a unique product on the equipment market and is the forerunner of a new era in this market segment."

About the Award:

According to the basic idea of the initiator, Jana Erb, the award is intended, on the one hand, to strive for equal treatment of female adventurers and athletes with their male colleagues in the outdoor industry. On the other hand, the project aims to give all active women a voice and let them participate in the process of developing outdoor products that are optimally adapted to their interests and needs. Equipment for women has already developed further in recent years, according to the media release. Today, specially tailored backpacks, clothing and hiking boots are already being produced. The aim of #she is outdoors is to draw attention to the need to stop "adapting" women's products and instead start developing them specifically.

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