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The Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad's lightweight, packable, and durable design makes it ideal for three-season use in just about any terrain imaginable.

  • Ripstop outer fabric resists damage for seasons of use
  • X-Static® synthetic insulation provides superior warmth and comfort, and has antimicrobial properties that help keep odors at bay and enhance thermal regulation
  • Seam-welded pad provides consistent airflow for stability, support and smooth feel
  • Airtight, nonbreakable brass valve with plastic coated mouthpiece offers durability
  • Comes with a stuff sack and a repair kit

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5 5

Does the job

probably my favorite pad I've had so far. Comfy, relatively light for the size, and lets me sleep on either shoulder or my back just fine

5 5

Performed As Expected

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

Although taken aback by sticker shock when I first priced this pad, I decided to invest in what appeared to be a quality sleeping pad. Since much of its intended usage is in the 15?-20? range for fall camping/fishing trips, I field tested it last night with a temperature forecast of 10?, which proved to be accurate.

The pad was both comfortable in terms of support and padding and its advertised feature of X-Static? synthetic insulation did seem to work because I did not feel the cold seeping up to me from the snow covered ground. The integrated feature between my Big Agnes sleeping bag and the sleeping pad worked perfectly too for I did not roll off the pad as I have been known to do with other sleeping pads.

Based upon a one time usage in cold weather I am very pleased with the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad.

Unanswered Question

are the stated sizes correct for the standard q-cores? I know that the superlights left the factory undersizes by about 2 inches in width and length, wondering if the same holds true for the standard.

Unanswered Question

Hello...i have a Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad -can i use a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mini Pump to inflate this pad?

5 5

Backcountry plush

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this on a recommendation from my brotherinlaw. Have had air pads in the past (to include big agnes)and never impressed. Just finished 7 days in the Colorado mtns. Nights in the 30s. This pad made all the difference. I'm 6'4, 200lbs. Pad worked great. None of the slipping and sliding of previous pads. Never got cold. Yes I had to reinflate a little every night. I've never owned a pad that didn't lose a little air. Well worth the money and extra weight. Ordering one for my wife.

5 5

Look No Further

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

So far two trips and six comfortable nights on the Insulated Q Core this September. Everything has been @ 10,000 ft in Colorado. Temps have ranged from low to mid 30's. I am 5-9, 188lbs. I found that if you inflate it to firm then lie down on it and slowly let the air out, you will find that perfect body contour point and still be able to sleep on your side, back, stomach or whatever. It also keeps you very insulated from the ground. I've used others but I am sticking with this one. I'm no spring chicken anymore so I have my aches and pains and this pad is almost as comfortable as home.

5 5

Excellent pad, side sleeper

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Q-core 20"x66". My other pads are Thermarest Prolite 3 20"x42" and Thermarest Trail Lite 22"x42". I like the shorter pads to save space and weight.

Comfort: the Prolite 3 is is the thinnest and provides very little in terms of comfort, I wake up with hip and shoulder soreness. The Trail Lite is double the thickness of the Prolite 3 and causes less soreness on the hip and shoulder. With both Thermarests, torso alignment feels unnatural because there's little thickness to conform to one's body contour. The Q-core is much thicker than the other two and it conforms to body contours better so there's no soreness whether on back or side.

Warmth: The Q-core is warmer than the Thermarests by a large margin.

Material: the Prolite and Trail Lite have similar top materials. The Prolite uses a thinner more crunchy sounding material on bottom and it seems more fragile. The Q-core has a rugged material on top and bottom but it's smooth (not slippery). The Thermarests feel like sandpaper compared to the Q-core. The Prolite is the noisiest of the three and Trail Lite is the quietest.

Packed size: the Prolite is the smallest, about the size of a Nalgene bottle. The Q-core is almost the same size but slightly bigger in diameter. The Trail Lite is double the diameter of the Prolite.

Weight: the Prolite is lightest but the Q-core isn't bad considering it's 24" longer and double the R value. It feels only slightly heavier. The Trail Lite is much heavier than the other two.

Patches and stuff sack were included with the Q-core. Thermarest did not include either.

The valves on the Thermarests are soft plastic and air flows freely in and out of the pads. The Q-core's valve is much better plastic but flow is slightly less. All seal well.

The Q-core is a substantially better pad. It takes a little longer to inflate/deflate but what else do you have to do in the wilderness. It's weight is a good trade off for durability, length, warmth and packed size.

5 5

Best Night's Sleep

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

I originally bought this pad for the thickness - my old pad was right against the ground, and I almost froze to death (okay, not really, but I was really cold and uncomfortable!) camping in Joshua Tree in the winter. I love it a million times more than I thought I would!

I never sleep well camping, and didn't think it was possible. We just got back from a week-long trip, and I slept great EVERY night! I injured my back in a car accident, and can't sleep without pain at home, but was virtually pain-free on this pad. A miracle.

I'm 5'3" and got the petite. I'm a side-sleeper, and toss and turn a lot. I've had no problems rolling off this pad. My old man is 6' and has the regular pad. He rolled off a lot the first time he used it, but I told him not to inflate it so so full, and it's been perfect since then.

A good night's sleep camping is priceless, so this pad is for sure worth the price. No question. My back pain returned the first night I slept on my bed at home, so I'm sleeping on this pad in the living room until I'm better. So good.

I also have the BA pump house, and it works great, but takes awhile. Took about 10 minutes to do two pads. I don't mind though, and it is better than blowing it up the old fashioned way.

What sleeping bags would this work...

What sleeping bags would this work with?

Currently trying to decide between:
1. Western Mountaineering TerraLite 25-degree down in 6 feet
2. Nemo Nocture 15 or 30 degree Down (Regular).

I'm almost 5'9, 180, and a side sleeper, and sleep warm. I like having one foot out as a temperature regulator.

I'm open to any suggestions sleeping bag and sleeping pad wise, since I'm very unsure about what to pick. I also see the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite and the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL pads.

I see there's a new one from Big Agnes the Double-Z, which sounds really really nice.

I've also had Big Agnes brand bags recommended to me but nothing jumps out at me at this point.

This will primarily be used in Arizona, and I would like to get a liner for the inside of the bag so I can keep it clean when out in the backcountry.

Responded on

Hey Allison,

These are the kinda of questions that we would really like to talk with you one on one. As so many options have their pros and cons in different situations its really hard to just say one pad or one bag is substantially better than another. Please call in or chat in and one of our experts can really work with you to find exactly what you need.

Best Answer Responded on


The great thing about going with a Big Agnes bag, is that the pad will slide into a sleeve on the bottom of the bag. All of their bags have this bag/pad integration. This eliminates any chance of sliding off of the pad while sleeping. I have had my BA pad and bag for years and love them both! Hope that helps.

Trying to decide between the following...

Trying to decide between the following pads:
1.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad
2.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad
3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad
4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

Can anyone shed some light? Lightness, packability, and comfort, price?

Responded on

Hey Adoraeleven,

The Lightness (weight), Packability (rolled size) and Price are all listed in the tech specs for each of these products. As far as the comfort, I would list them in this order:
1.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad
2.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad
3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

If you have any questions at all please either chat in or give one of our gearheads a call and we can help narrow down your selection.

5 5

Better than my mattress

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

I just spent a week in upper Wisconsin camping and bought this pad in the wide/long version specifically for this trip. I sleep on my side and role around quite a bit in my sleep. This pad performed well. I did not have my shoulders or hips grounding out at any time during the week. I also did not have to add air over the 6 day period.

I paired this pad with the Big Agnes Summit Park Sleeping Bag: 15 Degree Down. A pad is required with this bag to provide insulation on the bottom side of the bag. The temperature was in the low 40s all week, and I slept in shorts and was never chilled.

This pad helped to provide a better sleeping experience than my bed. I cannot wait to camping again so I can use this pad!

5 5

Great Pad!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pad is super comfy, I love the shape of the tubes and you can't beat Big Agnes quality. Both myself and my kids have slept on this in Alaska's backcountry and everyone loves it!

5 5

couldn't resist

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own the Q-Core SL long/wide, which I've reviewed on backcountry, and I like it a lot. I recently got married, and it was time to buy a new pad. I went through all the typical options: thermarest, exped, even a second Q-Core SL. The NeoAirs just didn't do it for me and my wife, and the Expeds to me seemed a bit gimmicky, and not quite as comfortable as the Q-Core. I could have bought a second Q-Core SL, but with their narrow pad fiasco, the only one worth buying is the long/wide, which is expensive, and, after trying both of them out, not quite as comfortable as the standard Q-Core. Even though it's a bit heavy for backpacking, it's worth it.

I've since paired it with a lightweight BA sleeping back, the Horse Thief 35, and love the system, really well thought out. In the end, I almost wish I had 2 regular Q-Cores rather than my other SL version, as it's more durable, more comfortable, and cheaper. Oh well, one will do.

what is the pump house and does it come...

what is the pump house and does it come with the pad?

Responded on

Hey Tilemann,

The Pumphouse is a drysack that can double as a pump for those who don't like to use their lips. We don't have it in stock but you can always get it from BA directly.

Responded on

It's worth the money. I wouldn't use it as a drybag ever, it wouldn't work, unless you were in a light drizzle, but as the pump, it works great, and weights half an oz or so.

5 5

Great night sleep

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spent a lot of time researching and trying out different sleeping pads and eventually settled on this one as being the most comfortable, warmest and lightest for cold summer nights in the mountains to shoulder seasons and perfect for a comfy winter night when paired with a closed foam. It's also a nice pad for anyone who sleeps on their side because of the added height.

5 5

Comfy pad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a very comfortable pad. it is nice and thick to keep you off the ground. It also keeps you insulated from the ground which makes for a great nights sleep. It is on the heavier side of sleeping pads but well worth the weight for the comfort. I recently got a pump house for this pad and it makes a huge difference. after using the pump house you only need about 6 breaths to fill it up. Highly recommended

5 5

Good Mat - Almost kept it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good mat. I compared this to the Downmat UL 7, setting both up in the living room and sleeping on each for a night, then letting them sit for a full week to test inflation. Both mats performed well and were comfortable, but the Downmat won for two reasons. First, weight and packed bulk were slightly lower for the Downmat, and I when backpacking I will appreciate the slight savings there. Second, the Q-Core and Downmat both have larger outer baffles, I'm guessing to keep the sleeper's arms in place. While I like this feature, I didn't like how pronounced it was on the Q-Core. If laying there with my arms slightly out to the sides, the Q-Core became uncomfortable. If you are a mummy style or straight armed sleeper, or if you prefer good guardrails to keep your arms tucked in, the Q-Core should be great for this. Personally I liked the Downmat's less pronounced outer edge.
Of course the other reason to go with the Q-Core over the Downmat is the cost difference. Over time I'm sure I would have been almost as happy with this mat, but for me the extra money was worth getting exactly what I wanted.