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Lightweight, compact, and ideal for warm-weather camping.

Charge into the wild with the Big Agnes Air Core Sleeping Pad, save ounces in your backpack, and sleep like a baby. I-Beam baffles make this air-insulated pad easy to inflate and capable of providing the utmost support, even at rocky campsites. After a restful night of sleep, just open the air valve on this three-inch-thick pad and you'll be able to pack the Air Core down to the size of a large water bottle—more room for snacks in your bag never hurts, right?

  • Nylon material makes this pad highly resistant to punctures and abrasion
  • Rectagular shape gives you the most sleeping space available and makes it hard to roll off your pad
  • I-Beam design reduces cold spots and ensures that this pad will inflate and deflate quickly
  • Self-inflating construction uses a durable inflation valve and an internal polyurethane coating that helps air move quickly and efficiently inside
  • Pad easily slips into the pad-sleeve of compatible Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Includes a stuff sack and a repair kit

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1 5

Air Core Pad will make your butt sad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After about 50 uses the material simply will not hold air. It is seemingly an amazing pad but is a bad choice for a long term investment.

5 5

Incredible

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For how much this inflates and comfortable it is I can't believe how tight it rolls and packs up for storage or hike ins! I have a Big Agnes sleeping bag this pairs with this incredibly, sliding right into the sleeping bags sleeve on the bottom of the bag. Air valve even feels well built and is a breeze to inflate/deflate.

Purchased one LONG for myself and a PETITE for my 4 year old son. Both of us were happy campers!

5 5

Awesome Comfort

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

I got the Lost Ranger Sleeping bag and this sleeping pad (long). I used it in the back yard (trial run) and then a 3 night backpacking trip. I'm almost 6'3" and thin, but I could sleep on my back or sides with this pad. It is a bit noisy as others have said. I would buy again if anything happened to this one!

5 5

Good, Small, Light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this pad a lot. I've bought 3. This was my first pad, and I really loved it. It was stolen along with the rest of my pack. Then broke, I bought it again, and then I gave one as a gift. This pad has treated me well and is very nice to have in the backcountry. My one complaint is that it is terribly noisy. I roll a lot and one of my friends actually refused to share a tent with me and that pad. The long baffles tend to rub on the ground and make a bad farting noise..... all night long. I have upgraded my pad to the Nemo Astro isolated pad (which is really a great pad if you're willing to spend the cash). If you're on a budget, this pad is great and very comfortable, just not for light sleeper.

5 5

Packs Up Small!

This is great how small it packs down! Its about the size of a Nalgene when packed up, which is great for saving room when every inch counts! Its very comfortable and easy to inflate. after about 2 minutes of inflating its ready to go. Great product for a great price!

5 5

Big Agnes Air Core Pad

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

This is the first sleeping pad I have owned so far and I love it! I used it for a 3 night camping trip and I was surprised at how comfortable it is, another awesome thing about it is the fact that you can easily roll it back into the size it was when it first arrived, and it doesn't take long to air it up either. It doesn't weigh much at all and I will definitely be using it for backpacking trips this summer.

5 5

Tough light and comfy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love how compact this pad gets. For its trail weight it is amazing how much comfort you get. I have purchased several of these pads for my friends and family and not heard of one having an issue.

5 5

Packs small and comfy for side sleepers

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

Rolls up small. Not the lightest but I am more a comfort over speed kind of guy these days. Inflates easily and stays that way. The only complaint would be it's kind of squeaky with my bag. I toss and turn a lot and it's loud. But I doubt many would even notice that. For the size, performance and weight, this is a top pick.

5 5

Air Core

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable, and packs down well. I was initially afraid of puncturing this pad because I thought that would render it useless, however it has held up very nicely.

Is this pad/mat good for 0 degree Celcius...

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Is this pad/mat good for 0 degree Celcius backpacking, bearing in mind that I live in Australia and yes the desert does go below 0 often but generally I would use it from 0 plus, we have desert, bush forests and jungles etc...so just asking thanks

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I would steer you towards an insulated pad with a higher R-value (Warmth rating for pads). I have used similar inflatables during cold weather, and when you're on cold ground, you will feel it, especially with just nylon and air between you and the ground. An insulated pad is worth the weight (in my opinion) when the mercury dips, especially that far. I suggest looking at the B.A. Q-core or Neo-Air X-Therm.

However, if you want to save money, and already have a warmer pad, one option is to take this pad for comfort, and another pad (like a thin closed-cell foam pad) with a higher r-value for the warmth. Put the closed cell on the ground, and put this one between you and the other pad. Heavier, but warmer. Hope that helps!

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Hey Chris,

Unfortunately, whether or not this would be appropriate for those temperatures tends to be a relative question depending on a number of factors including how your body temp tends to run. I own this pad and I've used it in temps below 0 degrees C and I've been fine. However, I also had a 15 degree bag with a fleece liner. So it can depend on a number of other factors as well. As David mentioned, looking for a pad with a higher R-value or some included insulation (this one has no insulation, just air) would certainly keep you more warm, but it doesn't necessarily mean this one won't work.

5 5

Good pad ... maybe not in winter ...

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

I used this pad last night for the first time -- on the snow, 0 degrees, and I was in a 20-degree bag. I was cold, but ... this thing was super comfortable! I have an insulated Agnes pad ... this thing will not replace that when I'm sleeping on the snow.

It a tad heavy (but for $50, that's obvious), but packs down super small. I;m looking forward to using this next summer!

Really happy with this pad for $50!

Is this pad self inflating?

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Is this pad self inflating?

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Yes, this pad is self-inflating

Best Answer Responded on

Sorry, but actually no, it's not. It's air-insulated, meaning there's no foam inside to inflate it. I have this pad and you have to blow it up from the start. It takes me about 15 full breaths, 2-3 minutes to fully inflate. Big Agnes does make pads like this with some forms of additional insulation in them, but this isn't one of them.

5 5

Small, Light and Comfortable

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

I ordered 2, one had a slow leak. Returned it and they shipped off another with 2-day free shipping.
Used them 3x so far and they are great.

4 5

Very comfortable

I used this sleeping pad while hiking the A.T., and really loved it. It was light, and packed easily. After about three months it had a leak. I called Big Agnes (and said I was a thru hiker) and they mailed me a new one for free. I liked the product, and appreciated the great service.

5 5

awesome outdoor sleep

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

Brought this pad along a 60 mi trek in the sierras. packs well and feels just a s light as my old 3/4 sleeping pad (never doing 3/4 sleeping pad again.) Slept great every night, and I am a side-sleeper. Inflating this pad at altitude (10-12,000+) was not as difficult as expected, and the thickness really provided decent warmth even though its not "insulated" (my trip was in August, however.) great pad!

5 5

Slept like a baby

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Loved this sleeping pad. Bought it as a companion to my Nemo Astro sleeping pad that my wife uses. Used it for the first time on a 10 day camping trip up in Banff and the 3.2 inch thickness certainly made the difference in my sleeping satisfaction. Rolls up super small, smaller than a nalgene I believe. I went three nights on average without having to put another couple of breaths in to pump it back up to full inflation. The material is also a little thicker than my Nemo pad which just makes me trust it that much more. Now if only I could figure out how to stop drooling when I sleep in a tent and I'll be set!

5 5

Awsome pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Packs small and doest take much room in my kayak hatch. Light weight and more than thick enough for even heavier people

Packing

Packing

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Packs down really small. Easily the size of my large mouth Nalgene.

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now that packs small , gives me a very clear idea of size thanks

5 5

Very durable!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have put this pad through many adventures and trips with varying climates and environments. Never had to patch it once and is the most comfortable sleeping pad I have ever owned. Holds its air very well too. On top of all that, it compresses very small into its own stuff sack.

4 5

Luxury Sleeping

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

A nice luxury to sleep on a well made and comfortable sleeping pad while camping! This pad fits well into the tent, blows up quickly, and provides a comfortable night's rest after a long day hiking.

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