EXPED DURA 8R Sleeping Pad Review

If you could only buy a single sleeping mat for the rest of your life, the EXPED might be the one to consider. The EXPED DURA 8R is designed for expedition use in the coldest and most extreme temperatures. It works well in the heat of summer, but where it really shines is on extremely cold nights when you might be sleeping on the icy ground or in the snow and want to stay warm. Old bones like mine like to be warm and EXPED DURA 8R with DOWNMAT TECHNOLOGY makes sure I don’t wake up stiff and cranky.

The EXPED DURA 8R comes with a 9 cm air mattress on an air mat that folds down to a container that is about 8 inches high by 6 inches, and it fits nicely in my backpack. It weighs 34 ounces, which could be a problem, but if you plan on hunting and camping in cold temperatures, you know it won’t go light. I can live with the weight of a sleeping mat that allows me to truly rest from dawn to dusk.

We loved the Schnozzel Pumpbag which allowed us to fill this sleeping pad in less than two minutes. Easy to set up and easy to pack makes this sleeping pad one you’ll be happy to have in your backpack or at the bottom of your canoe. As a side sleeper, I choose my sleeping pads very carefully because I am concerned about pressure points in my hips and shoulders, and the DURA 8R pads keep me comfortable all night.

EXPED has a long and tremendous history of creating products that are sustainable. All EXPED mats are certified carbon neutral by myclimate. Recycled 75D/170D brushed polyester face fabric keeps plastic out of landfills, uses less water, energy and carbon during production, and keeps our planet a little cleaner.

Did we mention how much we love that Schnozzel Pumpbag? No more shortness of breath from blowing into your sleeping bag, which keeps humid air off your pad, thus creating a warmer night’s sleep. EXPED’S DOWNMAT TECHNOLOGY, with 700 cubic inches of all-season down insulation, ensures you’ll be warm from head to toe. Shop local or purchase your DURA 8R directly at Expedusa.com.


EXPED DURA 8R Specifications:
main material
75D/170D recycled polyester
Oeko-Tex® 100 certified
700 cuin/oz down
RDS certificate
Mat Technology
Downmat technology
M: 34 ounces
PM: 40.2 ounces
LW: 43.6oz
packed dimensions
M: 13 x 6.3 inches
PM: 13.8 x 6.7 inches
L: 13.8 x 6.7 inches

M: 72 inches
MW: 72 inches
Length: 77.6 inches
people capacity
1 person
foot width
M: 20.5 inches
MW: 25.6 inches
Length: 25.6 inches
M: 20.5 inches
MW: 25.6 inches
Length: 25.6 inches
pumping system
Schnozzel pump bag
Extremely cold