Exped MegaMat Duo 10 Review: The Most Comfortable Pad On The Planet?

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An inflatable foam pad that sleeps better than your home mattress: The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 makes the impossible possible for car campers everywhere.
Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Intro
Peaceful sleep anywhere, anytime: That’s what the MegaMat is all about.



The Exped MegaMat Duo 10

Price: $350-$490 (depending on size)
Weight: 12.6 lbs/5.7kg (queen), 9.8lbs/4.5kg (long/wide), 7.5lbs/3.4kg (medium)
R-Value: 8.1
Dimensions: 80” x 60” x 4”/ 203cm x 152cm x 10cm (queen), 78” x 52” x 4”/ 198cm x 132cm x 10cm (long/wide), 72” x 41” x 4”/ 183cm x 104cm x 10cm (medium)
Packed Size: 31.5” x 12”/ 80cm x 31cm (queen), 28” x 12”/ 71cm x 31cm (long/wide), 22” x 11”/ 26cm x 28cm (medium)
Pad Type: Foam & air
What we like: Huge, insanely comfortable, durable
What we don’t: Inflating without a pump, packing it away, expensive




The Wise Adventurer’s Verdict

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - TWA Verdict
The Exped MegaMat 10 Duo is a car camping pad the same size as a queen bed: What more do you need to know?

This is our field test and review of the Exped MegaMat Duo 10, one of the largest and thickest sleeping pads / camp mattresses money can buy. In short, the MegaMat Duo is a car camper’s dream, an uber-comfortable yet portable mattress that sleeps better than most plus-sized home mattresses. 

Exped’s gear has grown in popularity over the last few years, namely for its elevated outdoor sleeping solutions, but this Switzerland-based outfitter wasn’t always the big-name brand we know today. Exped started as the brainchild of Swiss couple Heidi and Andi Brun, who spent a few years living off the grid in a hand-built cabin before deciding to return to civilization and start designing the gear they felt was missing from the marketplace. 

The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is a great example of that ethos: An uncompromisingly large, warm, and comfortable sleeping pad, tailor-made for year-round use in plus-sized camping tents. The Duo 10 is one of the few camp mattresses that’s available in full queen-size dimensions, and after spending a few weekends sleeping on one this past year, we’re not sure we’ll ever go back to traditional air beds again. 

We took the MegaMat Duo 10 along for the ride on all our favorite local car camping spots, from trout fishing trips off forest service roads to weekend group hangouts in nearby campgrounds. We’ve been through all manner of weather, terrain, and seasonality with the MegaMat, but if you want to learn more, please have a look at the specifics of our sleeping pad testing procedure

Alright, enough of that, let’s dive into the details of the Exped Megamat Duo 10!




Detailed Evaluation Of The MegaMat Duo 10

Our team has thoroughly tested and reviewed the MegaMat over several months of camping trips, as part of our sleeping pad and camping mattresses testing . Over the course of the last year we’ve logged field notes on every major feature you can imagine in a sleeping pad from big-ticket items like comfort and warmth to more laser-focused metrics like packability and user-friendliness. 

Comfort

If you’re considering a pad this large, thick, and luxurious, chances are comfort is your main concern. We won’t mince words here: The Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is pound-for-pound the most comfortable camp mattress we’ve tested to date. 

With four inches of open-cell foam between us and the ground, we’re convinced you could pitch the Duo over a bed of nails and still get a full night’s sleep. We tested the mattress with two adult campers (and often two dogs), and can’t say enough good things about how well this pad works. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Comfort
Regardless of where or how you sleep, foam this thick means you’ll always be comfortable and you’ll never feel the ground below.

Unlike traditional air pads or inflatable mattresses, the MegaMat’s foam core minimizes any energy transfer between partners, which means one person’s rolling around or getting up in the middle of the night is nearly undetectable to the other. This type of foam is trickle-down tech that NASA invented to keep astronauts cozy in space, but it works just fine here on the ground as well. The face fabric of the pad is equally comfortable and durable, with a soft microfiber-like texture that incorporates a healthy amount of stretch to eliminate any pressure points. 

We also love that once inflated, Exped includes a one-way release flap that allowed us to fine-tune the mattresses’ firmness to our liking. Between this and the bed’s 4-inch thickness, the MegaMat Duo 10 is an ideal pad for side and back sleepers alike, and with the added room to stretch out on our queen-sized tester, we found ourselves sleeping throughout the night and waking up without the usual soreness and discomfort that comes from camping. 

Weight And Packed Size

While the MegaMat is by no means a compact pad, it’s actually surprisingly light and compact for what is essentially a queen-sized mattress. Compared to the typical inflatable bed from brands like Intex or Coleman, which typically weigh in excess of 20 pounds and are bulky and awkward to carry, the queen-sized MegaMat weighs in under 13 pounds and rolls up nicely to around the size of a large camp chair. 

Even the largest available size, which is the queen we tested, packs down into a fairly neat 32” length, and is only about a foot wide after first use. Clearly it’s not the kind of thing you’d ever consider hauling any considerable difference, but it’s plenty small enough to fit into the trunk of any compact car, and light enough to haul easily from the car to the campsite. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Weight and Packed Size
The big Duo 10 is a bit heavier than your typical pad, but much lighter than an air mattress and plenty manageable for one person to carry/move around.

The only caveat we’ll throw in here is that because the MegaMat (and similar foam pads like the Nemo Roamer Double we tested it alongside) uses open-cell foam for padding and insulation, it’s recommended you store it uncompressed and partially inflated (this keeps the pad from losing its “loft” over time, ensuring your mattress is just as comfy three years down the road as it was the day you bought it). That means you’ll want to have somewhere in your home to store it in all its inflated glory for best results (we’ve been keeping ours upright against a wall in our gear room), so keep that in mind if you’re considering purchasing one for yourself. 

Insulation 

Open-cell foam pads are tough to beat when it comes to insulation, and the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is better than most in this regard. That 4” of plush foam translates to a whopping 8.1 R-value, which means the MegaMat is more than capable of handling car camping duty in the dead of winter. 

Our first testing trip with the MegaMat saw temperatures fall to near freezing during the night, but our testers all agreed that the pad held warmth with gusto, keeping them toasty regardless of how much they rolled around in the night. This is a stark contrast from your typical inflatable air mattresses, which are notoriously unpleasant on cold nights as the large amount of air stored inside is incapable of holding heat. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Insulation
Four inches of open-cell foam translates to an 8.1 R-value, plenty warm for weather well below freezing.

Our testers also noted that although the MegaMat sports one of the highest R values money can buy, it’s just as good on hot summer nights as it is freezing cold ones. Our most recent excursion with the Exped saw us camping in the middle of a North Georgia summer, where nightly lows rarely fall below 60 degrees. 

Ease Of Use

If there’s one place we’d complain about the MegaMat, it’s ease of use. Don’t get us wrong, every one of our testers loved this pad and would handily recommend it, but both inflating it and packing it up can be a bit of a bear. 

As far as the inflation bit goes, this is a huge pad, and although the open-cell foam does a commendable job of helping the pad to “self-inflate,” you’ll still need to add a considerable amount of air to get it sleep-ready. Exped provides an odd little “hand pump” with the MegaMat, which uses foam and a two-way valve to push air into the pad, but trying to inflate this thing with such a small tool is serious work.

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Ease of Use
Inflating and deflating large pads like this can be a bit of a bear, so we’d recommend an electric pump like this Widget if convenience is a major priority.

Our solution was to purchase Exped’s nifty “Widget Pump”, which is a small cube-shaped air pump that’s powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Filling the massive MegaMat (or any other air mattress for that matter) with the Widget Pump is an absolute pleasure, but adding one to your collection will set you back another $50. 

As for putting the pad away, the procedure is pretty straightforward on paper (just fold the pad in half, then roll it up to deflate), but in practice, it’s a bit of a hassle. Because the pad is so large and holds so much air, trying to roll it solo in a way that effectively deflates the pad is a challenge. It’s manageable by yourself, as our testers found out, but we also felt that the added size made it more difficult than any single foam pad we’ve packed up in the past. 

Durability

The MegaMat is made with a 50D stretch tricot polyester face fabric, which is mated to a highly durable 75D polyester material along the sides and bottom of the pad. While the 75D bottom is largely par for the course for large pads like these (Nemo Roamer, Sea To Summit Comfort Deluxe, etc.), the 50D face fabric is a considerable upgrade over the competition. 

The aforementioned Comfort Deluxe, for example, uses 30D face fabric, which is luxuriously stretchy and comfortable, but notably thinner as well. Our testers felt that Exped’s use of a 50D fabric gave them added peace of mind when sharing the pad with dogs or throwing it in the back of a truck, but what really impressed us is that Exped didn’t sacrifice any comfort with the thicker fabric. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Durability
The MegaMat Duo 10’s stretchy 50D face fabric is remarkably strong yet still extremely comfortable.

Our testers also noted that another big advantage of this unique tricot fabric is that its suede-like texture does a great job of “gripping” whatever sleeping bag you throw on top of it. This particularly paid off when we utilized a double sleeping bag with the MegaMat, as it allows you to roll around throughout the night without pulling the bag away from your partner. 

Value

There’s no denying that the MegaMat Duo 10 is a serious investment. The queen size we tested retails for nearly $500 new, but even the most compact “medium double” size still commands a hefty $350 price tag. Granted, there are ways around paying full price whenever big seasonal sales roll around at retailers, but it’s a lot of money just the same. 

With that being said, if you’ve got the cash to spend, we’re convinced this is arguably the best sleeping pad/camp mattress that money can buy. Its incredible comfort, outstanding insulation, and high-quality materials all make for a long-term investment that frequent campers will get a ton of enjoyment out of, especially if they’re not happy with their current outdoor sleeping arrangements. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - Value
There are less expensive options there for big, cozy double pads, but none of them are quite as big or quite as comfy as the MegaMat Duo 10.

If you’re looking for a big comfortable foam pad, you’ve definitely got cheaper options out there from brands like REI Co-op or Sea to Summit. We have yet to find a pad quite as comfortable (especially for two) as the MegaMat Duo 10 though, and while Exped’s own MegaMat Duo 15 (which adds another 2 inches of thickness for even more money) would likely outclass it, there’s no other inflatable pad we’d be willing to consider for the money if comfort were our top priority. 

What We Like

In short, comfort. Comfort because it’s huge, comfort because it’s thick, and comfort because it’s warm in even the coldest weather. 

This is a true 4-season sleeping pad with room to spare that delivers year-round versatility and a consistently good night’s sleep. The materials are above average in quality even compared to the most premium competitors out there, and we have yet to find a single issue or failure in the field with the MegaMat Duo 10.

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - What We Like
The MegaMat Duo 10 takes everything we like about the original, then doubles it.

We’ll also note that while the MegaMat is by no means small, it’s considerably lighter and more compact than a traditional inflatable camp mattress for two. Being able to throw this thing into the trunk of any car with plenty of room left over for your camp essentials adds further versatility to an already well-rounded package, which we feel is worth every penny if you’re willing to cough up the asking price.  

What We Don’t Like

Speaking of price, our main complaint with the Megamat Duo 10 is cost. Even the “smallest” version of Exped’s pad retails for $350, which is a hell of a lot more than a typical inflatable queen, and a bit more than other similar foam pads from brands like REI Co-op, Big Agnes, and Sea To Summit. 

Exped MegaMat Duo 10 - What We Dont Like
Pro tip: Skip the hand inflator and opt for the electric pump.

Our other big complaint with the MegaMat is that it can be a little tough to set up and pack down. Yes, this is technically a “self-inflating” pad, but even if you’re just using the included hand pump to “top off” the MegaMat Duo, you’re looking at several minutes of vigorous pumping before the job is done. Again, an electric pump does wonders here. 

Its considerable size also makes the Duo a bit of a bear to pack down, and while the procedure got a little easier after the first few attempts, we still felt the MegaMat was a bit of pain to get rolled down to a manageable size and back into its carry bag. It’s a chore we’ll happily tackle for this level of comfort, mind you, but a chore just the same. 

Alternatives

  • Nemo Roamer Double: Another 4” thick pad with similar comfort and warmth, albeit with an added degree of user friendliness for inflation and packing away. Costs the same as the “long wide double” MegaMat, but less than the queen. Read our full test and review of the Nemo Roamer Double…
  • REI Co-op Camp Dreamer Double: Comparable comfort and construction, albeit with slightly less durable materials and simplified construction. A massive foam pad for two at a lower price point. 
  • Hest Dually Mattress: Hands down the most comfortable sleep system on the market. Very expensive and very bulky when packed, but an absolute dream to sleep on. 

The Bottom Line

If you want the best possible combination of comfort and portability for your car camping, van-lifing, or truck bed sleeping situation, the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is the pad to beat. This thing is incredibly warm, comfortable, and well-made, and boasts a host of elevated technology and features to boot. 

Yes, it’s expensive and yes, it can be a bit of a pain to pack up at the end of the weekend, but it’s tough to put a price on a solid 8 hours of sleep when you’re spending the night in a tent. There are other options out there that deliver a similar sleeping experience for a bit less cash, but if you’re willing to spend a little extra money for a massive upgrade in sleep quality, the Exped MegaMat Duo 10 is well worth the asking price. 

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