The Exped Schnozzel UL is a large 42L pump bag and roll-top stuff sack that can be used to inflate Exped, Sea-to-Summit, and REI inflatable sleeping pads which have a flat inflation valve. The Schnozzel Pumpbag UL is also available in a smaller 20L size. You can even buy a shower attachment for it for base camp and backcountry bathing, as well as a universal adapter for use with pads from other manufacturers.
The Schnozzel UL is so-called because of its long tubular appendage, that looks like an elephant’s nose. The nose has an outlet that connects to your pad’s intake valve, and a cap, that closes the outlet when you want to use the pump bag as a waterproof stuff sack or backpack liner.
For example, it takes me 25-30 breaths to inflate my current sleeping pad, which is a 4″ thick Sea-to-Summit Etherlight Insulated XT Air Mattress, at sea level. I shudder to think how long that would take at 12,000 feet. That same pad takes 2-3 bagful of air to inflate with the Exped Schnozzel UL and I’m not left gasping for oxygen at the end of the process.
But the value of the Schnozzel doesn’t stop there. It has a high enough volume that it can serve as a pack liner or a huge stuff sack to protect your gear from moisture. Weighing just 2 oz, it’s lighter weight than a white trash compactor bag and a heck of a lot more durable. It also has a roll top, which makes it easy to compress or remove any extra capacity. In fact, you can purge any extra air through the nose, before capping it closed.
For example, I’ve used the Schnozzel UL in a number of different ways, as:
- a pack liner to keep my gear dry when it rains,
- a food bag for carrying a week’s worth of food
- a stuff sack to hold my clothes
- a waterproof sack to carry a wet tent inside my backpack
To inflate a pad, you connect the Schnozzel outlet your pad, hold the pump bag open about 2 feet in front of your face, and blow gently into it. The movement of your breath pulls surrounding air into the pump bag, inflating it. Scooping air into the bag also works. Grasp the edges of the sack together like a roll top and push the resulting balloon of air into your air mattress. I can inflate most full-size air mattresses with 2-3 bag fulls or air. It’s wonderful.
What about stick valves or flat valves that are sized differently than Exped, Sea-to-Summit, or REI’s flat valved pads? Exped also sells a universal valve adapter for use with the Schnozzel.
- 20L Schnozzel Pumpbag UL S (1.4 oz) – size small
- 42L Schnozzel Pumpbag UL M (2.1 oz) – size medium
- Schnozzel Shower Attachment
- Schnozzel Universal Valve Adapter
When shopping for a Schnozzel UL, it’s important to make sure that you purchase the right Schnozzel. Exped also makes a heavier version of the Schnozzel that doesn’t have the UL suffix. I think you’re better off buying the UL version which is made with 20d silnylon and plenty durable for this application. I love my 42L Schnozzel UL pump bag (2.1 oz), which I can rationalize carrying because it can be used in so many different ways.
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