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The Big Agnes REM Air Core Sleeping Pad is the lightest inflatable pad available.

Big Agnes REM Air Core Sleeping Pad is incredibly light and comfortable. The Big Agnes REM Air Core is made of a durable 70 denier nylon fabric. I-beam construction provides longitudinal rigidity and gives shape to the pad. The I-beam construction also allows air to flow freely in and out, and reduces inflation time to a quick two minutes. The Air Core pads stuff to the size of a Nalgene water bottle and weighs a mere 22oz (medium), yet provides a whopping 2.5” thick backcountry bed. When used with any Big Agnes sleeping bag, the Air Core pad can be left in the pad sleeve, deflated and stuffed with the bag right into its stuff sack. How's that for ingenuity? ALL REM SLEEP PADS COME WITH A STUFF SACK, REPAIR KIT, AND A 100% GUARANTEE.

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3 5

Pluses and minuses

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this pad a lot over the years and I think there are pluses and minuses.
Pros:
It's incredibly light and packs down very small. It's also plenty thick for nice padding and it's big enough for my large frame...I am 6'3" and 250 lbs.
Cons:
It is annoying to blow up, but not that bad...I'd say reasonable. Even though it's thick, it really doesn't offer much for insulation when it's cold out. I've had several cold nights where I've been disappointed with waking up cold. It's slippery; if there is any slope to the ground or you move a lot, you're going to slip off.

Overall, I can't really think of a time where I've had a great night sleeping on this pad...it's better than the ground though. I love that it packs down so small.

3 5

Ok Mat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this mat because it received great reviews. I didn't find it comfortable. It's width is not accommodating. The length is great, but I found myself waking up in the night trying to get myself back on the mat because I had rolled off. And it's noisy. I bought one for my daughter, as well, and when she moved at night it made that squeaky noise that balloons make when you rub them... sorry, that's the only thing I could think of. Anyway, every time she moved I would wake up from the noise. I returned these. Hoping to find a self inflating one because while it's certainly pretty simple to put air into, you still get light headed half way through blowing it up.

5 5

Great Pad!

I have used this pad for the past three summers. I am a casual camper and we go on two to three trips each summer. It's packs super small and doesn't take too long to blow up. My current sleeping bag slips off often since I turn a lot while sleeping so I think I will be purchasing a Big Agnes sleeping bag with the built in pad holder.

5 5

Packs so small!

I am so impressed with how small this packs! If it doesn't leak in the first 6 months I will for sure buy another. My Thermorest of equivalent size packs much larger and is much heavier.

5 5

Awesome pad

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this thing. Really compact, doesn't take much space and very thick once inflated. It may seem a little narrow but at least for me it works very good.

Some people have mentioned getting light headed by blowing this up, I don't think it is that bad. It takes me 20 full-lung blows to fully inflate it, and I do not feel light headed after.

The provided stuff sack is great, but even a little bigger than what the pad can compress to. That's why I use a sling to wrap it tighter than possible with the stuff sack alone. The specs say it rolls to 4" by 7.5". When I roll mine, it ends up being more like 3" by 8.5".

The one thing I've noticed is that it deflates slightly overnight but that's not a big deal at all, and it could be just mine.

The picture compares the rolled up pad to a 1.75L "Simply Orange" bottle

Awesome pad
5 5

Very comfortable

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'2", 215 and with the long this pad is better then sleeping in my own bed

5 5

durable, lite, comfy pad

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought one for me and one for my girlfriend. Both sizes are light, durable and take up almost no space in a pack. we've used these on the bare earth and in a tent. I have seen no sign of wear though the material appears to be really thin. Comes with a good patch kit and stuff sack. They are super comfy and insulate really well. The coldest temp I've used this in is about 40 degrees with a 37 degree sleeping bag and I didn't get cold at all. Of course I was zipped together in my gfs bag so not sure how warm I would be by myself.

5 5

Compact & Long Lasting

  • Gender: Male

I love my Big Agnes pad. I'm a 5'8" alpine mountaineer and I actually bought a short (super compact). It covers from head to calves perfectly...and I place my shell and stuff sack under my feet during sleep.
Been using it for 3-4yrs now and it hasn't failed me one bit.

I'm 6 feet tall. Would a regular be okay...

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I'm 6 feet tall. Would a regular be okay or should I go for the long?

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It depends on how much comfort you're looking for? I'm 6'10" and have the shorty which works great for me. It keeps my back and hips very comfortable and I just throw my pack under my feet to keep them comfy and toasty.

3 5

its good, but im bummed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I had this thing for a while, it started leaking air slowly, so I dunked it in my bathtub, found the hole, patched it and all was right with the world again. But then a few months later it started going downhill again, I couldn't lay on it for more than 2 hours before I was on the ground. So i dunked it again, never found a leak. I looked over that thing under water for over an hour and never once saw a leak. I have no idea what was going on so I tossed it, kind of bummed about it. Trying to decide if I want to get another BA pad.

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Should have called BA, they have a lifetime warranty.

5 5

Love it

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light weight and great insulation.

5 5

Big Agnes Air Core, Very Comfortable

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad for some time now and have been super happy with it. Excellent pack weight and size, and the 2.5" thickness provides great comfort. Check specs for some great info on this pad!

4 5

Great Pad

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This sleeping pad is very comfortable and holds air very well. I also like how small is it when all packed up. The less bulk makes it a great choice for a backpacking trip

4 5

Great sleeping mat

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

this thing packs down to nothing but still inflates enough to provide enough cushion to keep a sore back comfortable during several nights in a tent. It took a wile to blow up the Long.

5 5

Old Faithful

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my pad for about 2 years and still love it. My husband opted not to take his on our last backpacking trip, and he paid dearly. I can lay on a tree root or what have you and not feel a thing. The insulation always keeps my body warm. Great pad indeed! Out of boredom I counted and for me it inflates in about 25 breaths, definitely worth it!

5 5

Excellent Comfort, The Big Agnes REM Air

It's not self inflating and it does take a bit of breath to inflate but at 2.5 inches thick it's super comfortable- perhaps the most comfortable pad I've ever used. My only real downside is that I'm fairly convinced any sharp stick or rock could pop it without proper precaution to protect the pad from the ground. I'd suggest it for sleeping in a tent or any hammock, or anywhere with softer ground/dirt. Not going to be something you'll want for camping where shale or other sharp items are common.
Weight is incredibly low, as is the pack size - see specs to the left.

5 5

comfortable

I love it. The pad packs small and is very comfortable to lie down on after a long day.

4 5

Love This Pad

I am super happy with this pad. Originally I was looking for a less expensive lightweight pad for backpacking. I was hesitant about this because I'm a side sleeper and I've always heard that horizontal baffles are better for that. But I'm pleased to say that this was the best sleep I have had backpacking. Super light and packable, thicker than most lightweight pads. The only drawbacks for me was the low R value, and that is does take some lung power to fill it. Other than that this pad is fantastic, definitely best value.

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