Outdoor Preview: News and Highlights Part 1: Isomatten

In some outdoor blogs lately often something”about the slight”world premieres at the OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen to read. Also I will briefly give you my personal highlights for next week. In this first part I will start with the mats. I hope that after the show I will be able to shed more information on the individual products.

Therm-A-Rest Neoair Trekker

The NeoAir Trekker is the camping counterpart to NeoAir. According to rumors, the material should be a bit more robust and quieter than the NeoAir. The mat will probably be a bit heavier. If these rumors are correct, the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker will probably be the ideal alternative for those who were too sensitive or too noisy.Technically, the Trekker is also equipped with the Triangular Core Matrix and should cover a similar temperature range.

Exped Synmat 7 Ultralite

The Synmat 7 UL from Exped is also a light air mattress and will be available in S and M sizes. In the size M, the mat reaches a length of 183cm and a width of 52cm. With its height of 7cm, the Synmat has an R-value of 3.5 and is therefore also suitable for the colder days of the year. The weight of the UL version is just 470 grams and does not take more space than a 0.5 liter bottle.

Vaude Norrsken – Ultralight Isomatte

VAUDE also ventures into the area, the mats filled with synthetic fibers. Norrsken is norwegian and is called polar light. It remains to be seen whether VAUDE can with its polar light against the competition. I’ll look at the mat in any case. Depending on the length, the camping mat should weigh between 500 and 600 grams and be designed for extremely cold regions. Unfortunately I could not find any information on the R-value the mat achieves with its Primaloft Infinity fibers.


Every manufacturer tries to deliver an even lighter and even more powerful mattress. I’m really looking forward to testing these mats live on the OutDoor. Perhaps one still experiences one or the other special feature. Tomorrow I will continue with part 2 of my highlight series to the OutDoor 2010 in Friedrichshafen.