Yes, perhaps that is what I should have done although it doesn't mention that on the product care. The reality is its often used for 2 weeks at a time and the last thing I am going to be doing when backpacking is inflating it and deflating it! At home I certainly could have done that but it's certainly inconvenient vs a thermarest
I’ve been using the Exped Synmat UL for about 2 years now. I really love them, they are very comfortable and warm but…
My first matt started to develop mildew after about 6 months of use (I subsequently learned this was due to me blowing moisture into the matt) and then later 2 of the baffles in the centre became 1 gigantic baffle. This made a previously comfy matt essentially unusable. I was willing to accept that I had misused the matt by blowing moist air into it, so I binned it and bought another, this time with a pump bag to avoid the moisture.
For whatever reason (even though I was using the pump bag exclusively) moisture could occasionally be seen inside the matt. I assume this is just from camping in humid/wet/cloudy conditions. After about 6 months I again started to notice mildew. This summer, one year since buying the matt, the baffles, this time at one end, joined together. I would say that I had used the matt for approximately 30 nights total. Has anyone had similar issues?
My Thermarest Prolite Plus which has now been used for 4 years and approximately 4 months of nights (not by me), has never had mildew (you would be able to smell it even if you can’t see it). Why is that?
What matt should I get next? A neoair? Has anyone had mildew problems with those? Pack space is a bit of a premium so I do need something that packs down small.