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4 5

Best Nights Sleep I've Gotten

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a whole bunch of sleeping pads from Stoic, Therm-A-Rest, etc but almost always wake up not feeling great or light I got a good nights sleep. Which is normally a problem because I've previously put in a long day of hiking and have another big one ahead of me.

Quality Night Sleep:
But this is the sleeping pad I've gotten my best nights sleep on while backpacking. I used this last weekend in the Uintas on a 26+ mile hike and slept great. Early in June I used it for a full week on a climbing trip through Colorado and slept great up at elevation there.

Length:
I'm just under 6'0'' tall and have the Regular (72”) length pad. Either my feet or my head would hang over or be on the edge the whole time. This wasn’t a huge issue because I knew I needed the 78” pad for comfort but opted for the 72” for some weight savings.

Packability:
Once completely deflated, this packs down super small which was a huge help in allowing me to hit a 25 liter pack for a 2-night/2-day 26+ mile trip in the Uintas.

Inflating:
This takes a little bit. Most folks get frustrated by this, but I’d say just break it up into 2-3 sessions of inflating it. For me it takes about 20-25 full breathes and it fully inflates. Then I lay on it and let air out until it’s at my desired comfort.

Insulation:
So the insulation is along the”top” or one side. I find it to be plenty insulation on cold nights. But on the warmer nights I flip the pad over because the other side of the pad does not have any insulation. This helps me run cooler on the warm nights because I tend to sleep real warm.

Quality:
Overall I think it is a great sleeping pad and have really enjoyed it.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about Big Agnes, this sleeping pad or any other gear!

Jared D.
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801.736.4336
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Best Nights Sleep I've Gotten
1 5

Big Agnes sucks

I used this pad twice, the first time on a 3 night pack rafting trip, then on a trip to NZ. on both occasions it was inside a tent. It started deflating on me in NZ, and I had to wake up every 2 hours to re-inflate it. Obviously it had a hole in it, and on checking it in the bath tub I found that it had that many holes in it that it looked like a cactus had been rolled up in it... For the money, what a rubbish product.

4 5

Good pads

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these with the Dream Island big agnes bag.. they fit snug and easily and give the right amount of comfort. Easily compacts to put away for storing if you're conserving space.

2 5

Micro Leaks!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely cannot recommend this air pad. My first one lasted approximately 20 nights mostly sleeping in my tent and on the rare occasion I used it in a AT shelter I had a ground cloth under it. The 2nd Air Core might have lasted 5 nights in my tent before it failed with micro leaks. I spent hours in camp 2 nights soaping it down and looking for leaks with no success as each night every 1-2 hours I had to re inflate.

4 5

1 year later with 2 pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We do plenty of camping, generally no less than two weekends a month and sometimes 3 overnights in a week as we live really close to some prime spots. I've used a few different pads in the past from CCF (Closed Cell Foam) to some cheap self-inflators that never measured up. These things have been awesome so far. No leaks, tears, discoloration, etc. If I pulled them out right now you couldn't tell them from new. Coupled with a thermarest inflator (2 AA batteries that last about 6 months filling 2 air pads) and they are even better.
The only reason I gave them four stars instead of five is my friend recently picked up the Big Agnes Q-Core insulated version. It's cross-hatch design sleeps even more comfortably than the tube-style. If I ever manage to puncture one of these I know which one I'm moving up to. :)

4 5

Good Pad

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

I purchased several of these as part of a gear rental program I am running. I used it just this past weekend on a quick two-nighter in Indiana paired with the Big Agnes Lost Ranger. I am a restless sleeper who tosses and turns from 'front, back and side-to-side'. The pad provided great support and insulation. I am very pleased with it and am sure my customers will be also.

5 5

Air Core Saves the Day

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

I've always had extremely bad luck with sleeping pads deflating halfway through the night UNTIL I snagged this beauty. Only used it once so far but really impressed with the comfort, insulation and durability of this pad. I'm a side sleeper and this pad definitely allowed me to shift comfortably throughout the night. It also packs down really nicely and is quick to inflate.

4 5

I love this pad

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

I use this pad every weekend for way over a year. I never take out my sleeping pad from my bag until I am ready to blow it up...So far no issues of air loss. This pad works great with my Lost Ranger down bag. With these air pads you have to treat them like babies: to keep from getting holes in them. Its the only downside to them. For comfort they cannot be beaten.

5 5

COMFY!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The best sleep in a tent by far. It's easily packed, super light-weight and ready to be used quickly and easily. You can't ask much more than that when roughing it!

5 5

light, space-saving, slept like a baby

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

this is the 2nd big agnes I've purchased. I bought this one for my wife at the beginning of the spring camping season. It's be well used in MT, WY, and CO With no holes or problems.

5 5

Great pad. Warm, compact . No issues.

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

Check out my video review I posted here to get a better overview of the Insulated Air Core Sleeping pad. My YT channel also has reviews for other Big Agnes products and other outdoor gear.

Ive used the IAC for over a year and have zero problems. I like that is almost half the length of a thermarest when packed.

Im 6'4". If you over 6ft get the long. Reg is 72*20 Long is 78*20

The sides are 3.25 inches, the middle is 3 inches. Bc of this the pad helps keep you centered and cradles you and have less of a chance of falling off your pad.

15 degree rating (make sure you sleep on the blue side) It does really help keep you warm. And its nice to be 3 inches off the ground at night.

Comes with bag, no stuff sack (buy a Granite Gear stuff sack for it)

Packed weight is 26 oz ( for the long version). Heavier than other sleep pads, but I dont mind the added weight, bc after a long day outdoors, I want to be comfortable and get a good night of sleep.

I use it with my BA Lost Ranger 15 and BA Cross Mtn. 45 sleeping bags. The great part of the BA sleep system is the pad slides underneath the bag via a slit. This keeps you and your pad connected and you cant slide off you pad at night.

Bonus: It can be used as an inflatable raft to lay on in the summer to catch some rays on the water.

Great pad, buy it.

Caw!

pad in bottom of BA sleeping bag

pad in bottom of BA sleeping bag

this is why BA sleeping bags are great. The sleeping pad and bag stay connected and you dont slide off your pad at night.

My review...Big Agnes Insulated Air Core

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core 3 inch Sleeping Pad. Comfortable, warm and lightweight. Goes great the Lost Ranger 15 and Cross Mountain 45 sleeping bags.

2 5

comfortable for a couple hours..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Unfortunately, my Insulated Air Core does not hold air very well. For the first several hours of sleep it is great, probably one of the most comfortable sleeping pads I've used and it's not nearly as loud as the NeoAir series, BUT none of that matters if it deflates half way through the night. It's already bad enough that you had to kill yourself blowing it up after a long day of hiking but then you have to blow it up again in the middle of the night, no good! I would not recommend this anyone who values their sleep, although it was quite a bit cheaper than the NeoAir's you get what you pay for unfortunately.

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I have used Insulated Air core for over a year and have never had this problem. It always stays fully inflated regardless of the temp outside. Maybe you have a tiny leak somewhere?

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yeah that's more than likely..i'm not saying that it is a bad product or that Big Agnes is no good, i just got unlucky..more power to you brother!

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I have owned this pad for 2 years and have used it 8 times or so averaging 5 day trips. Last 3 trips out, one being last weekend in 22 degree temps, this pad has deflated. I put it in water and found 2 very small holes on the seam. Super glued them, tested again with no visible leaks and holds air all night at the house. Take to Red River Gorge for the weekend and deflates within a hour. Must be unlucky, myself. I would not recommend this pad. Have had nothing but problems.

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I've been having the same issues. Great mattress, super comfy, but at around 3am my hips are touching the ground. Not fun. I'll get it replaced I guess, see what happens with the other one. I don't think its a cold weather issue as much as a pin hole leak issue, does the same thing in about freezing temps.

5 5

Beats Sleeping on a Rock

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big Agnes Insulated Air Core provides a wonderful night of sleep. The depth of this pad is precisely what I needed to get a good night of sleep. I bought a couple of Q-Core sleeping pads for ultra-lightweight backpacking, but wanted a rugged, lower-cost sleeping platform for car-camping. After throwing-out a couple of queen-sized air mattresses, I decided that the cost of a durable sleeping pad would be better than wasting money in the discount store camping aisle. Big Agnes built the sleeping pad that meets my needs, whether I am sleeping in my ultra-light Fly Creek or my spacious Ten Sleep tent.

massive failure

massive failure

Ive enjoyed this sleeping pad up until a trip into the backcountry. I discovered one of the side seams had come apart. No problem right, just use the included seam repair glue.....well the one time I need it, never opened, its DRIED OUT ! So I resorted to a temporary fix as I still had five nights way out in the backcountry. Dr. Scholl's moleskin. Worked pretty good, slight air leak as it is breathable, but made it thru the trip. Purchased more glue when home and fixed properly. So now Im out on a couple night kayak camp trip. First night not too bad, small depletion in air by morning. Go to blow it up for second night, I discover the individual tube seams are coming apart, now I have built in pillows in all the wrong places. And a bigger airleak that requires me to wake up about every hour to inflate more and upon each inflation another seam goes. So what the heck ?......I hear these things are lifetime warrantied....has this happened to anyone else ? What am I to do ?

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Send it back to BA - they do indeed have a great warranty. They replaced two pads of mine that had micro-leaks. Yours is definitely a warranty issue.

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you know it's great that BA have such great customer service, but you shouldn't have to replace a sleeping pad once, much less twice.. it is unfortunate because I do LOVE their customer service and their product designs, but if the quality is not there what can you do?

5 5

Couldn't ask for much more

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pad is pretty incredible, after going back and forth about this pad vs the non insulated Air Core I decided to go with this one for two reasons: 1) I have a 3/4 Nemo sleeping pad for warm weather backpacking. 2) For just a little more money this pad offers much more warmth than the Air Core and doesn't add much weight. Used this in the Uinta's recently with a low of about 20 F and I was toasty warm all night long. Very thick and comfortable. Inflates in about 20 or so big deep breaths. Vertical baffles help keep you on the pad while you sleep. Big Agnes makes a sleeping pad to fill just about every niche there is, I highly recommend any and all pads that they offer.