Finally, a lightweight inflatable sleeping pad that looks to be truly comfortable. The Big Agnes Clearview sleeping pad measures 60 inches long x 20 inches wide and has 2.5 inch diameter inflatable tubes, and weighs a scant 11 ounces (weight not verified by our scale).
The Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad weighs just 11 ounces.
By comparison, a Bozeman Mountain Works TorsoLite pad weighs 10 ounces, is one inch thick, and pads just the torso area. The Therm-a-Rest Prolite 3 Short pad weighs 13 ounces, is also one inch thick, and is 47 inches long x 20 inches wide. The comfort difference is mainly in the thickness, 2.5 inches thick versus 1 inch.
The Clearview pad is made of clear polyurethane, which is durable and lightweight. Our first question to the manufacturer's rep was “How puncture resistant is it?” His answer was “It's very easy to repair”. So, we have to read between the lines for now. We plan to obtain samples and give it a good test for a future review.
One important detail is that this pad contains no insulation, so it's a summer pad. Big Agnes rates it to 35 F. We will also be testing that important factor.
The Clearview Pad is also a great value at $35, assuming we don't have to spend too much money on patches! That's half the cost of the TorsoLite and Prolite 3 Short.
Also of interest, Big Agnes is also coming out with the 6-ounce Cyclone SL chair adapter to convert the Clearview (or any comparable sleeping pad) into a camp chair. So, all you folks who really want to have a camp chair can get your fix for just 6 ounces of luxury weight.
The Clearview Pad inserted into the Cyclone Chair Adapter makes a comfy camp chair.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: Big Agnes
- Product: Clearview Air Pad and Cyclone SL Chair Adapter
- Dimensions: Pad is 60 in long x 20 in wide x 2.5 in thick
- Materials: Clear polyurethane
- MSRP: Clearview Pad $35, Cyclone Chair Adapter $40