Hail­ing from Zurich, Switzer­land, Exped has been qui­et­ly bring­ing tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced prod­ucts into the hands of ded­i­cat­ed users since 1997. Renowned for their ultra-com­fort­able and high­ly pack­able sleep­ing mats, the brand also makes inno­v­a­tive tents, sleep­ing bags, packs, and more and is on their way to mak­ing a big splash in the U.S.

Here are 4 rea­sons why Exped is one of the best brands you’ve nev­er heard of:

1. Sim­ple: Inge­nious sim­plic­i­ty incor­po­rat­ed through­out their prod­uct range allows for mul­ti­ple uses with near­ly all of their prod­ucts. Just check out all the cool fea­tures on this tent.
2. Inno­v­a­tive: Award-win­ning and unique, each prod­uct that Exped cre­ates takes a scrupu­lous look at cur­rent design and then works on mak­ing it more use­ful.
3. Bombproof: Exped over-builds each prod­uct they make in expec­ta­tion of their cus­tomers putting their gear through the wringer.
4. Light­weight: In the eyes of Exped, less is more. Your back might just have to agree. This ultra-light sleep­ing pad uses its own water­proof stuff sack for inflation.