Exped Patchless Sleeping Pad Field Repair
Exped Patchless Sleeping Pad Field Repair Video
Hey folks, Ted here with Exped. We’re at the tail end of week long paddling out in the wild having a great time and we thought it would be a good chance to give you a little overview of how to take care of a mat you might puncture when you’re in the field.
A lot of people think that a punctured mat is something that really can’t be dealt with unless you send it back to the factory or put a whole ton of glue on it but really it’s pretty straight forward. When you bought your Exped mat you bought it with a little repair kit; comes with a repair kit with every single mat that’s out there. Pretty straight forward, I want to run through the contents of this so you know how it all comes together and how to use it. A lot of people don’t take the time to read the actual directions that come with it but it’s quite extensive.
Open this little zip lock baggie, and if you want to practice your German or your French or if you’re German or French and you want to practice your English, we have them in all different languages, all nicely written right here so you can figure out what to do. It is worth taking the time to read it. Take the time to read it because what I’m saying is all written right there for your reading pleasure. I’m going to go ahead and talk about the rest of the contents right here.
Probably the most important of all the contents, believe it or not, are not all the fabric patches but rather, this little tube of glue. This little tube of glue is going to get you through 98% of the situations you’re going to encounter in the field. I’m going to talk about the patches we have here; we have them in different colors, obviously to match the different colors of the mat. If you have a green mat then it’s going to be a green color rather than the terracotta but it will still have the grey pieces right there. The little patches with the circles on them are basically both templates and also circular patches to give you a nice clean finish but these are really focused on either really, major, catastrophic repair or primarily cosmetic and I’m going to show you what I’m talking about by that.
I’m going to take this perfectly good mattress, it’s been slept on for a week, and I have, by the way, repaired it in the field you can see there’s a little spot right here and that’s actually what we’re going to show you right now. If you take this mat and somehow you manage to stick a stick or a little sharp rock or a shell through the mat, obviously you’re going to lose some air there and that’s not comfortable to sleep on so you want to be able to fix this. This repair that I’m going to show you really takes about, well, it takes less than five minutes, really, from beginning to end once you’ve found the hole.
Now, this is not something you’re going to want to do at home. This is something you don’t want to do at anytime at all. I’m taking a knife and I’m going to slaughter my mat right here. This is a sacrificial mat. So, hopefully I’ll have a mat to sleep on later on tonight. So, I’m going to take my knife and put a hole in it, just like that. Obviously, this is going to cause my mat to, well, theoretically it’s going to cause it to deflate. I just stuck my knife right into my mat and now it is leaking relatively slowly. If you’re trying to find a leak, often times you are not going to hear it but you can feel it. So if you’re trying to find a leak, folding your mat in half a little bit, putting some pressure on it really helps, and then running your face, particularly your cheek, over the area will really help to find any holes even holes much smaller than this.
So, in this case I’ve got a hole right here, I want to go ahead and get that thing patched. Fold the knife so I don’t kill myself on it later on and I’m actually going to deflate the mat because I know exactly where that hole is. Squeeze some air out of this thing, just like so. Get it all nice and flat right there. You’ll notice that I’m not going to use any of the patches whatsoever. I’m just going to go ahead and clean this up I’m going to try and stuff some of that synthetic that I managed to pop out of there; going to push that back in so it’s nice and clean just like that.
And now I’m going to take the tube of glue, open it up and you’ll notice that it’s sealed on the end. But on the cap they have a little hole. Just go ahead and pop that in there. I’ve just punctured it and now I’ve got the glue. I have the hole right here and I’m just going to put a little dab on it here. Just right over the top. Make sure it’s nicely coated, right there. Don’t be afraid to use too much. Nicely coated like that and now we’re going to let it dry for probably about three or four minutes. That’s really all you need to do to actually patch this hole. In three minutes or so this thing will be tack free and you can actually inflate the mat to full tension and you’re set to go.
If you wanted to make it pretty, if you don’t like that look like a slug crawled all over it, you can take a grey patch right here, pop the circle out and stick it on the outside but the grey patch is a self adhesive thing that is really more of a cosmetic more than anything else. So, I tend not to use those unless I’ve got a major gash in the mat and I’ll show you that in another video. So, almost tack free, I’ll let it sit there. If I was really, really in a hurry, say for example I discover this after rolling up my bivy sack in the middle of the night and it’s pouring rain and I’m doing this in a really tight, confined area then I’d go ahead and throw one of these adhesive patches on the outside of it, I’d flip it over, inflate the mat and lay on it almost immediately. But since I’m not in that scenario I’m going to let it dry for another couple of minutes here.
Again, all of these things are listed in the instructions right here and we are just about… just about dry. Don’t need to do a whole lot more than that if it’s a puncture, it’s the same trick and you’ll be taken care of.