The Lite series mats are the result of EXPED’s quest to build a price-sensitive sleeping mat without compromising on quality materials, workmanship, design and the resultant comfort that is the brand’s hallmark. AirMat Lite 5 is built with the same durable, 75-denier, TPU laminated fabric as the SynMat Lite 5, but the chambers are not insulated. The cost savings come from the welded-through baffles that separate the chambers, the lack of insulation and the single (rather than double) FlatValve for inflation and deflation. In other words, the materials and construction methods are not compromised in any way; it’s simply a manufacturing technique that changes.
AirMat Lite 5 has an R-value of 1.3, so it’s a summer sleeping mat for moderate conditions. Because it isn’t insulated, the packed size is amazing and with 5cm/2” of thickness, comfort remains excellent. Warmth can be boosted to R-value 2.8 with the addition of an EXPED FlexMat underneath or even further to a 3-season capable 3.5 with the FlexMat Plus. The FlexMats also increase puncture-resistance in places where thorns are common.
- Welded-through baffle construction
- Simple-to-use combo FlatValve for inflation and deflation