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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad

in Sleeping Pads - Inflatable

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4.13 / 5 (46 reviews)

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James Loy
( jimbluz - M )

Pacific NW
Not comfortable for me! on 10/08/2008 11:44:01 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the ground makes my shoulders hurt. This is not a problem with my Prolite 4 which is not as thick. Also, my wife used it at temperatures at 33-35 degrees (F) and could feel the cold coming up from the ground.

Stephen Christopherson
( schristopherson )

Northern Virginia
Weight vs. comfort? It's nearly perfect on 11/05/2008 18:24:08 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've used this pad now for a few years in a tent and tarptent from temps ranging between 25-70 degrees F. This mattress is the bomb, near perfect! The weight is the only drawback as far as I can tell. I've had no leaks (knock on wood). I over inflate it when I set up camp. Once in bed, I adjust the inflation by letting out air little by little. I sleep great. Despite the weight, it's compact when packed. My last trip, the temperature dropped to 25. Since I had packed a short bluefoam pad for sitting on and insulating the mattress, I experienced no cold mattress issues, and I use my down bag as a quilt always, so insulation except the mattress and pad underneath. I will experiment with a roll of 20 in-wide reflectix duct insulation instead of the blue foam next time the temps are low. It should work just fine and less bulky to pack than the blue foam. I would use this over snow with the pad without hesitation. I have recommended the mattress to everyone I meet on the trail and even when I see patrons at the local REI considering it. I gave it a rating of 4 only because of the weight, a trade off though for the extreme comfort and minimal bulk.

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Tad Englund
( bestbuilder - M )

Pacific Northwest
ONLY FOR SUMMER USE!!! on 11/11/2008 18:39:40 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

The mattress totally sucked the heat out of me. See this thread for more info about this mattress.
Question of the day
Do not take it out on a cold night, which for me could be any night, any time of the year.

Jay Wilkerson
( Creachen )

East Bay
Great pad for a person under 6 ft. on 11/13/2008 17:52:20 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I really like the 2.5 in thickness and the overall weight at 20oz. I am 6"3 and to long for it. I use my backpack to rest my feet on but I was still not happy sleeping. I guess it is the horizontal baffles that I can not get use to. I have had a Prolite 4 for years and guess I am spoiled. My son is shorter and he loves it. A great sleeping pad for some one under 6ft.

John Elbare
( jelbare )

Mummy Pad on 11/15/2010 11:14:50 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I got this as a freebie from Moontrail with points when I ordered a sleeping bag. I got the full-length mummy version. Although this is a bit heavier, it beats the heck out of my old Thermarest Ultralight for comfort. I am side sleeper who moves around a lot, and this pad works great for me. Nice and warm in the 20s.

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Steven Hollifield
( bisonkron23 )
Heavy but worth the comfort on 09/27/2013 08:06:48 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have been using these for a few years now. They are very comfortable. I bought a few of these used b/c they had leaks, fixed one on my own, the other had too many micro holes so i mailed it in (cost 10 bucks to mail) and Big Agnes mailed me a new one free of charge. They have great customer service. I have 1 new one that has never had a problem, I have either been lucky with it, or just taken better care of it. I do use it with the Big agnes sleeping bags, so that does add some protection. I've seen some other out there I may prefer, but for the cost of new pads, I will be sticking with these for the long haul.

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