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Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Finally, a truly lightweight and comfortable inflatable sleeping pad, and it's a great value, but keep some patches handy.

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by Will Rietveld | 2007-08-11 00:01:00-06


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).

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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.

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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


"Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Will Rietveld . (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-08-11 00:01:00-06.


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Will Rietveld
(WilliWabbit) - MLife

Locale: Southwest Colorado
Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/11/2007 00:24:50 MDT Print View

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Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Nice! on 08/11/2007 00:51:47 MDT Print View

Wow, 2.5 inches of airy comfort for just 11 oz? Very light indeed and definitely worth looking into! I wonder if one can put down a layer of ThinLight insulation to protect the Clear View from puncture and expand it to three-season use?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
How about this ? on 08/11/2007 02:54:14 MDT Print View

I was wondering how difficult (and or effective) would be to put an aluminized coat on the inner side of the bottom
Big Agnes, feel free to send me a sample when you do that

Edited by Franco on 08/11/2007 02:56:39 MDT.

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Nice! on 08/11/2007 13:23:51 MDT Print View

I had the same thought about the ThinLight.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Thinlight on 08/11/2007 16:38:17 MDT Print View

Hi Guys-

A thinlight pad sounds like a great idea. But you might need two of them...

A pad on the bottom only would provide puncture resistance but probably will not add much warmth as convective air currents inside the open cells of the mat will lose heat around the edges. A foam mat on top of the clearview pad would add warmth, but no puncture resistance.

We need you make-your-own-gear gurus to come up with a lightweight sandwich built around this thing! :-)


Edited by MikeMartin on 08/11/2007 16:49:19 MDT.

Douglas McCoy
(dmccoy) - F

Locale: Spokane Wa
Very impressive on 08/11/2007 23:45:04 MDT Print View

Very impressive, considering the size vs weight. Much better than a torso size pad or 1/2 length pads. I don't lnow about the height though. 2.5 is long way off the ground. I have tried to sleep on these types of pads and found them too high and therfore making them un-comfy for me. But I would love to get a-hold of that chair. That is the one thing I miss in my kit.

Jan Rezac
(zkoumal) - MLife

Locale: Prague, CZ
DIY down filling on 08/12/2007 08:47:37 MDT Print View

Thickness means comfort, but, as it was mentioned before, air circulates inside what substantially decreases insulation capabilities of the pad. I'd like to see such a lightweight pad filled with some insulation, either down of synthetics.

Filling the pad with some down might be possible in a DIY way: if the valve could be opened enough to insert some thin tube. Down could then be blown through this tube to each compartment of the pad. If the valve can't be fully opened or it's diameter is too small, one could puncture and then patch the pad to insert the tube...

John Carter

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Down fill on 08/12/2007 09:29:27 MDT Print View

But can you imagine the mess when your down-filled pad get's a puncture! =)

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Re: DIY down filling on 08/12/2007 20:19:27 MDT Print View

huh... filling it with down... that would make it similar to the down balloon beds that some have made... could be worth trying...

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Not so simple on 08/12/2007 21:21:57 MDT Print View

To add down to it is not as simple as it sounds. For a start how do
you get it evenly into the different chambers, next how do you keep it even when you blow it up ?
This reminds me of the new Big Agnes pillow cover/pump, is it out yet ?

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: Not so simple on 08/14/2007 16:20:51 MDT Print View

Also you got to protect against the moisture from your breath, but I'm sure exped figured a way around that.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Franco on 08/14/2007 17:02:02 MDT Print View

Hey Franco:

The BA pump/pillow cover, etc. is out. Click over to Big Agnes and look under Product - Accessories page.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
6 in 1 bag ? on 08/14/2007 17:26:48 MDT Print View

Thanks Ben, I was too lazy to look there for myself. For $20 a 1.5 oz dry sac/pump/pillow/water bag/shower bag combo sounds pretty tempting. I have the Exped pillow/pump but it is about 4 oz and much bulkier.
I am wondering how the BA could be converted to a ULA gravity type water purifier ?

Possibly what I am saying is that someone should buy it, try it out and let the rest of us know.


Mark W Heninger
(heninger) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Clearview When? on 08/28/2007 01:00:44 MDT Print View

Can't seem to find when the Big Agnes Clearview/Chair stuff is going to be available.

This OR was great for us UL/SUL people - just waiting for some of this stuff now...

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
The word fro BA is February or March on 12/28/2007 23:25:27 MST Print View

Feb or March availability is the word.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
BA Clearview on 01/16/2008 09:32:34 MST Print View

seems to be available now. Has anyone used this yet? Very interested!!

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
I got one! on 01/21/2008 16:57:09 MST Print View

Currently they are only shipping out the 66" rectangular one and the 72" mummy. I got the 72"mummy and used it with a 3/8" foam pad on snow. I noticed that there probably was about 3ml of water from my breath, stuck in the mattress that was difficult to get out by shaking, because the mattress wants to collpase in on itself; it's soo soft and pliable. When I got it I thought to myself that it wouldn't hold up very long. Well see. Melanie at Big
Agnes told me that you can use the repair kit that comes with their IAC pads... alas, the Clearvue pads don't yet come with a puncture repair kit.

John Carter

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: I got one! on 03/18/2008 21:09:39 MDT Print View


Did you sleep with the 3/8" pad under or on top of the Big Agnes? And was it warm enough on top of snow? Been thinking about this setup for myself.


Jack Rubens

Locale: Manhattan Beach
More Feedback on 06/08/2008 14:10:25 MDT Print View

Does anyone have further feedback on how the Clearview Air Pad holds up. I'm thinking of getting one, but am concerned about its durability (and, secondarily, its height off the ground).

joseph daluz
(jfdiberian) - F

Locale: Columbia River Gorge
ok on 10/21/2008 15:21:59 MDT Print View

Ok, I've had one for a while now and have used it about 20 nights now. I just returned it to BA for a repair. It had a slow leak I could not locate for the life of me. I think they will treat me fairly.
As for the foam pad in the snow, the foam goes between me and the pad. I used it while tarp camping, on a polychro ground sheet with good results... except for the last night I spent on it...