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Why shiver when you can sleep comfortably on top of the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad?

Big Agnes added Primaloft eco to its inflatable Air Core pad to create the Insulated Air Core Rectangular Pad. By using Primaloft eco synthetic insulation, Big Agnes kept a few plastic bottles out of the landfill. The inflatable design on the Insulated Air Core means you get an ultra-cush 2.5-inch-thick sleeping pad that helps you stay toasty on chilly nights and yet rolls down to fit compactly in your pack. This pad complements any of Big Agnes' cold-weather bags.

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5 5

Inflated mattress with good insulation

Slept cozy and comfortable with excellent padding. Will actually bring with me when I visits friends, very comfortable backup mattress. Slept in 30 degree whether and felt toasty warm all night.
And packed up nice, small, and light.

2 5

love hate...2.5 stars?

I love that as a fat guy (5'8" 240lbs) I can sleep on my side and actually be really comfortable while backpacking, but I hate that it doesn't stay inflated all night. Finding the leaks in the pad was surprisingly difficult; you have to submerge it fully inflated with half of it folded into a Z to put in under pressure and force the bubbles out. Sounded easy enough, but it was a difficult balancing act to do while holding the crayon to mark the spot. Perhaps it would have been more simple with a friend. I've only used mine 4 times, and it had 9 tiny holes in it; my wife had only used her's twice, and it had 3. It sure didn't seem like we were camped in any rough spots. I'm really hoping we just had a run of bad luck and that I got all the holes patched, 'cus it really is almost as comfortable as a real bed.

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Replacement pad seems to be holding up better, though it is the new (blue) 3.25"insulated air core pad. Still packs small and light; still almost as comfortable as my own bed.

5 5


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

I just got my pad today and tried it on the living room floor. I can tell a few things about it already. First, I need to invest in an air pump of some sort-there is no way I'm going to make myself lightheaded every night blowing that thing up. Second, I am anxious to sleep on this pad. Third, camping is going to be too comfortable-I'm not sure if I'll feel the same about it.

I have this pad and love it to death. I...

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I have this pad and love it to death. I have no idea why it took me so long to decide I enjoy sleeping and not freezing or having to roll random stones and sticks from under my tent... My question is, has anyone found an easy solution for not slipping off of this pad or it sliding to the bottom of the tent on inclines? I have often thought of a few strips of tape but that overall could harm the pad if the adhesives had time to sit for long periods of time. Any suggestions?

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You may try putting a sheet on the sleeping pad so your bag doesn't slip off.

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The solution is to put thin beads of silicone caulk on the floor of your tent if you expect to have to sleep on inclines. BTDT, not a lot of fun.

4 5

Go to gear for backpacking

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

Nice pad, no problems so far. I use it crashing on floors a lot and probably about 20 nights of backpacking so far. Car camping I have a inflatable foam pad and sleep way better on it but for the weight, the BA pad is pretty awesome for backpacking. My Advice: Don't wait til you are drunk to blow it up...

5 5

The price is right

While in the military I never used a sleeping pad, it just meant I had to carry more weight, and being a combat paramedic, I was already carrying 50lbs more than the next guy in IV fluid alone. After I shed my paramedic bag and slipped into the civilian life I started carrying mummy style air supported pads. Believe me, I was kicking myself in the butt when I realized what a great night sleep I could get with the benefit of a sleeping pad. So the last 5 years I have been using mummy style bags, but then at the last minute ended up having to buy a rectangular style air pad. I have to say I really like the extra room to move around, I toss and turn a lot as is, and this keeps me on top of the pad having a little more shoulder an leg room as arbitrary as it seems, it matters! What I like about this pad is it has the whopping 4.1 R value which is on the top tier of pads for thermal insulation properties. It keeps you 2.5 inches off of the ground and keeps the cold at bay. I like the pack size of this pad about 4x4x6 which is nice and compact. The other big bonus is it doesn't break the bank at about $80 dollars this is a pretty affordable pad and goes a lot further than most pads in its price range. The only better by agness is the Q core and the Dual core which have an R value of 5 and provide 3.5 inches of displacement off of the ground. Other brands that offer similar packages are Nemo Cosmo series (Cosmo Air) and Exped has a few in that range.

Im stationed in Alaska, will this pad work...

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Im stationed in Alaska, will this pad work in winter up there?

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You know I would probably choose the Dual Core from Big Agnes . Will be quite a bit warmer this is only a 15 degree pad .

4 5

A good Pad

The first time I used this I woke up in the middle of the night because it had deflated some but it was still comfy. I used it again a month later and had no problem with it staying inflated. It is a really comfortable pad and it is great for backpacking because of its compact size.

5 5

Helped with my Beauty sleep

Helped when the temperature dropped and all I had was my warm weather bag. No sliding

who makes fitted sheets and where can i...

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who makes fitted sheets and where can i buy them?

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Thermarest makes sheets but you will have to check on the size as to whether it will fit with this system.

1 5


No doubt that it's comfortable. But having retruned from yet another trip, where a friend with one of these pads developed a leak AND simply could not find the leak to repair it...that's it.

I have participated in many "search-for-the-leak in the Agnes pad" activities over the years. I have yet to be part of any team to locate the source of a single leak , let alone successfully patch it. This includes full immersion under-water and under pressure tecniques by people who have found leaks in other pads and successfully repaired them when it was most important...on the day after night #1 on a multi-night trip.

I would never, ever use these pads. And the people I camp with are slowly coming to the same conclusion. I sincerely hope your own experiences with them are better but my own are terrible.

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I've had the same issue with mine. Wouldn't buy again.

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I have had issues, but I have to say, Big Agnes has wonderful customer support and has replaced 3 of mine (mine and the kiddos). I have noticed that the valves are considerably different now leading me to believe there was a valve failure in a batch. Next time your friends have a problem, have them contact the company and see if they can resolve their issue. As for if I would buy another one? Talk to me in a year :-)

3 5

Good but not for light sleepers

For all intents and purposes, this is an excellent, well-rated, good R-value sleeping pad. Very compact. But for for some, such as light sleepers, this might not be your choice. I used it a bunch, but always had trouble dialing in the exact about of cushion. Worse, if you're a light sleeper, move a lot at night or take a while to fall asleep, it's really "noisy". Each time you move an inch it crinkles like you are packing up aluminum foil. Seriously annoying. My friends could hear each movement from 20 feet away in other tents.

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I respectfully disagree with Nate on the noise factor. I don't have that issue at all and I'm a "light sleeper." It does not make nearly as much noise as Thermarest Neo Air pads (as a comparison). Buy with confidence. Dollar for Dollar, this is the best sleeping pad out there.

5 5


I love this pad. The compact size is awesome for loading in your pack, fractions of the size of my old thermarest. I also use this for family car camping, and the amount of room it has freed up in the car is amazing.

5 5

Good Night

I have this one and the regular air-core pad and they both let you get a good night's sleep in the backcountry. The packed size for this one is a bit larger than the uninsulated one and the weight feels heavier, but I haven't used a scale on it yet.
I haven't put this to the test in colder weather so I can't speak for how much the insulation helps.
If you're mostly summer camping then I'd recommend the non-insulated version so that you save on $, pack size, and maybe weight.

5 5

Great Pad

I use this pad camping in the white mountains of NH for years and during all seasons. It always kept me warm. It started to leak air so Big Agnes replaced it with no questions asked. I'll be taking this to Guatemala with me for the next couple years. Great pad, great customer service.

5 5

great pad

takes a little more lung power than my therma-rest trail lite but packs down way smaller is a 1.5" thicker and 10x more comfortable....i might just get rid of my bed and just sleep on this.

5 5

Blow, baby, blow!

This is a great pad. Packs small, is lightweight (for me, at least), and didn't cost $129.95 ;). You definitely need some lung power and patience, but it's totally worth it! Also, it seems to hold air really well, only needing a couple blows before bedtime after being out all day.

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I sit down and make myself comfortable when I have to blow mine up! It's worth it for a exclusive side-sleeper.

5 5

Your bags rating depends on the pad!

I have used these insulated pads for years without problem or incident. They are comfy, warm, tough, light and easy to use. If you have a Big Agnes bag, they are also designed to be the insulation on the bottom of the sleeping bag. Note: the Air Core pad is designed for +35F and above, the INSULATED Air Core is designed for +15F and above. If you need a bag to go below +35F you need to get this insulated pad. I use an INSULATED pad with a +40F BA Yampa down bag and weather low 30s nights (frost and ice on the tent, low 30s predicted for the town in the valley below) with no problems using a merino base layer shirt, hiking pants, wool socks, and a Dome Perignon hat (the Yampa doesn't have a hood). I do tend to be a warm sleeper, but camp mates have fared as well with the BA system. If you have a bag rated for anything below 40 or are a cold sleeper, get an insulated pad.

5 5

Great pad...and there's an inflator too!

This pad is fantastic. I read the reviews and was sold!!!

One thing I have noticed with all the pads out there is the fact that there was no easy way of inflating them. Sure you could blow them up manually...but it takes time and your blowing germs or warm moisture into it...which was huge problem for me. Pick up this extremely light weight inflator (2.3oz w/ batteries in it) as the perfect accessory to this pad! You won't regret it!

5 5

Big Agnes, where have you been my whole life?

This one is simple, ladies and gentlemen. This is the sleeping pad to own.

It's only been out a few times, but each time I marvel at why I put up with those self-inflating wafers for so long. Sure, you've got to spend a couple of minutes blowing it up, but the reward is well worth it. (Word of advice: don't try to blow it up right after hiking into a camp at a high altitude.)

Oh, and it really does pack down small. I can fit it, my Marmot down bag and a bunch of clothes in the sleeping bag compartment of my Deuter pack.

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