Mar 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm #1301147
Garth CollierBPL Member
I was wondering if anyone had experienced the microfibre delaminating in the Exped Symat UL?
I have a brand new Exped Synmat UL which has not been used. It was purchased from REI in January '13. It has only been inflated 2-3 times and has been stored unrolled. When inflated i have noticed a crackling sound when first inflated. I was preparing for a trip and noticed significant sections of the mat with no microfibre…The UL has a thin outer layer so you can see the microfibre…upon closer inspection the mircofibre had separated from the top outer layer and was rolled underneath the still attached sections of microfibre. The result was in various tunnel sections there was up to 2 feet long by 1 inch sections with no insulation. I checked on other areas and the microfibre appeared to be affixed to the top outer layer.
Has anyone else experienced this????…in my mind a major failure before it has even hit the trail.Apr 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm #1971750
just Justin WhitsonMember
I don't have any experience with the above, but just wanted to say that i'm very interested in any answers as i was thinking recently of starting a thread asking about the most durable air mats out there, and specifically asking about the Exped line (i would probably get a down one though).
Did you contact Exped about this and see what they would say?Apr 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm #1971766
Randy MartinBPL Member
I haven't had this issue either. Agree with the previous poster that it's something worth contacting Exped about because I think they would be interested in knowing and I am sure they would make it right.Apr 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #1971767
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Not had the problem. Manufacturing defect maybe. Contact Exped.
CheersApr 2, 2013 at 7:53 am #1971970
Garth CollierBPL Member
Thanks all for your comments….you could hear the microfibre delaminating when inflated as the was a crackling tearing sound each time it has been inflated…i will get in touch with exped…see what they say!!Apr 2, 2013 at 8:58 am #1971990
I had this happen on a POE mat a while back, but that was after lots of use. Probably had a glue issue or it got too hot/cold somewhere along the way.Apr 2, 2013 at 10:52 am #1972039
Dena KelleyBPL Member
@eagleriverdeeLocale: Eagle River, Alaska
I think I'd return it to REI and get a new one, or a different brand, personally.Apr 2, 2013 at 11:01 am #1972043
Jennifer MitolBPL Member
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
I've had awesome results with exped's customer service and warranty people. They actually replaced the mat that my dog popped even though I just asked how much it would be to repair.Apr 4, 2013 at 8:33 am #1972758
@troutLocale: Long Beach
Exped has replaced a pad I bought super quick, asked me to knife it and take a picture, sent one the next day.
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