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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
    • Item #BAG3009

    Tech Specs

    [short] 20 x 48 in, [petite] 20 x 66 in, [regular] 20 x 72 in, [long] 20 x 78 in, [wide/long] 25 x 78 in
    Stuff Sack
    Claimed Weight
    [short] 14 oz, [petite] 19 oz, [regular] 21 oz, [long] 23 oz, [wide/long] 26 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The pad worked just great a couple times and then got deformed. By deformed I mean that the glue that separates the tubes came unstuck and it ballooned at the feet in the 8" thick. I was using a bivy, so I think I might have mashed on it a little too hard. Be very delicate with it if you buy it, as its functioning depends on skinny glue strips.

    I'm 6', 170 lbs.

    mates great with the Big Agnes family!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used this with my Pitchpine UL Big Agnes sleeping bag and love how easily these two pieces work together. Relatively light and easy to inflate, the only criticism is I'd probably have opted for the mummy shaped sleeping pad as it would make the system work just that much more and allow for me to use a little less space.

    Best Camp Pad For The Price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    You can't go wrong with this pad. I use mine for backpacking AND car camping - don't worry about durability because mine has been through hell and back without any punctures or leaks.

    Great bang for your buck

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Solid pad at a great price. Inflates good and thick for a very comfortable nights sleep. I bought this is a gift and my friend came back from his first trip with it really stoked. It's his first pad and he loves it.

    It also packs up pretty small as to not take up too much space in your pack.

    See you later shoulder and back pain.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently purchased this sleeping pad, and it was a great investment. I had previously been sleeping on yoga mats and thicker blankets, but decided to step it up a little. This pad works excellent. It packs down small to make it easier for travel, it's very easy to inflate without a pump, and it is also very easy to dissemble after the camping trip is over. It also fits great with the Big Agnes Gunn Creek sleeping bag that has an insert to place the sleeping pad. Overall, I was glad I put forth the investment, felt much more relaxed waking up in the morning.

    Does the Job for the Price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this pad a year ago. In hindsight I wish I would've bought the insulated version. On the first night using the pad on a cold rainy night "car camping" it decided to not keep air- no holes, no punctures- needless to say it was a cold uncomfortable night.

    Called BA next day to replace it, they were awesome with customer service and ended up sending me a new one.

    Since then, I've used it countless time as part of my Big Agnes sleep system. and I'm happy with it, although it takes a LOONNNGG time to inflate but once it is inflated it holds well. I do love how compact it can be and how light weight. Over all for its price, weight and comfort and packability I recommend it

    Luxury Camping

      We camped on these mats for 5 nights and absolutely loved them.

      We never had them go flat on us or loose any air. We slept so comfy on them. They are a little noisy, but too bad. They do take about 4 minutes to inflate. At sea level, it wasn't too hard to inflate. I'm sure it could be a different story at high elevations, but it was worth all the effort, because I slept great every night. Even when we slept on ground that had bumps and rocks, I didn't feel a thing. I was very impressed. I have back and neck trouble, but I was able to sleep on my back or side like normal and my neck and back felt good the whole trip.

      I love that even though we got the larger size, they are still light and compact. It was important to use because we had to pack these in a suitcase to take on an airplane. But the larger size was worth every penny. I tried out my brothers regular size and I knew that wasn't going to cut it.

      The wide long mat gives you plenty of room to rest your arms at your sides, and your head and feet can both stay comfortably on the mat.

      I don't think we will be doing much cool weather camping, so it didn't justify springing for the higher priced insulated mats. I did stay warm enough, though, even when the temp got down to the lower 40s on the coast. I know they will be great for warm weather camping!

      fractured ribs - slept great

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

      I jumped off a 60 foot cliff and cracked some ribs, then proceeded to test out my Big Agnes sleeping pad the next night. It's the most comfortable pad ever, slept in extra late even! The only thing I don't like is it's really difficult to deflate - haven't figured out the best method yet as the chambers hold air separate from the valve chamber. Advice welcome. Also inflating is difficult (but worth it!!)


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a great sleeping pad at a great price. Its plenty thick to provide great comfort all night. A couple small drawbacks are that its kind of noisy, it never bothered me personally but it will be your personal preference in the end. Its also not self inflating but is pretty easy to blow up quickly and deflates quickly and packs small as well.

      Great sleeping pad!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This sleeping pad is great... super thick and easy to pack in. I use it for backpacking as well as car camping. Most of the sleeping pads I have used in the past have been the self inflating kind. This pad has to be inflated and at times when I'm at high altitudes it's not the most fun to use what little oxygen I do have to blow up the pad, but it's totally worth it. It is super comfy and is pretty well insulated. Keeps away the rocks, bumps, uneven and cold ground from my sleeping. I would recommend this pad to others and would buy it again if I'm in the market! A definite must for a comfy nights sleep in the backcountry or the back of your car :)

      It's pretty good.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      While there are certainly better quality pads and more comfortable, this pad will get the job done. It's comfy enough to get me through a few nights and the material is great. Though if you're going to be using this pad often, I would suggest moving up in the spectrum of pads and going with something a little better. Regardless, it's a great sleeping pad

      perfect substitute for a bed

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I am 5-8 and 140lbs and I sleep on this every night. It is a little too short to lay flat and a little too narrow to curl up, but other than that it is lovely. Super comfortable, holds air very well. Every 2 weeks or so I put another breath of air into it. Folds up very very small. Durable material and comes with a small patch kit. Would buy again in a heartbeat, maybe just one size longer!

      4 years and still going

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought mine about 4 years ago and it's still trucking. It does lose a bit of air throughout the night these days, but I've never had to patch a hole, and I've used it in the desert, mountains, woods, and music festivals sleeping on everything from rocks and gravel to sticks and dirt without any problems.

      Failure x 2

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've put my trust in the AirCore Insulated twice. Yes, it's a comfortable mattress & packs small - as long as it stays inflated! With both AirCores, dozens of pin-holes appeared at the one end of the mattress. Certainly too many to patch ! Both times, the matress' were approx 18 mos old & used about 12 times. Certainly NOT worth the investment!

      Have Had 2, Neither Held Up

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this item for a cross-country-and-back motorcycle trip on which I did a lot of camping. For the purpose of traveling light, the great thing about the Big Agnes is how small it folds up; it really can fit inside a water bottle. I am a side sleeper and this pad also did a reasonable job of keeping me comfortable and keeping my hips intact on both hot, cold, rocky and sandy nights. I am 6'0", 210lbs and, while it is fairly narrow, the regular size was fine for me. As I said, I'm a side sleeper, so the narrowness wasn't a huge issue,

      The downside was that, after only 7 or 8 nights, two of the baffles within the pad gave way. This caused the I-Beams to merge and create a few spots of giant air pockets, instead of a uniform surface, unbalancing the pad and rendering it more or less useless. While it stole holds air, it can't be slept on. Bottom line: this is a great pad IF it doesn't break. I would give it another shot if I am able to exchange it, but the long-term durability is questionable. See update in comments below.

      UPDATE: Big Agnes was great about replacing this item and sending a new one (I did have to pay for return shipping). However, I took the item out on ONE camping trip and it popped completely on the second night. I didn't even move - just woke up on the ground and, when I tried to re-inflate it, I could hear air hissing out of the end. After 2 failures in which I slept a total of less than 8 nights on it, I would certainly not recommend this product.


      • 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!

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

      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 just asking thanks

      Best Answer

      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!

      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.

      Is this pad self inflating?

      Is this pad self inflating?

      Best Answer

      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.