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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
    • Item #BAG0280

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [shell] nylon ripstop, [insulation] X-Static synthetic
    Shape
    rectangular
    Dimensions
    [petite] 20 x 66 x 4 in, [regular] 20 x 72 x 4 in, [long] 20 x 78 x 4 in, [wide long] 25 x 78 x 4 in
    R-Value
    5.0
    Temperature Rating
    15 F
    Pump
    no
    Stuff Sack
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    [petite] 1 lb 9 oz, [regular] 1 lb 11 oz, [long] 1 lb 13 oz, [wide long] 2 lb 4 oz
    Recommended Use
    camping, backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Little Big Pad

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This pad is just awesome. It pack down pretty dang small, 10" x 4" approx. It's very comfortable. I don't slide off, even though I'm a tossy-turvy side-sleeper, and it's not noisy at all. It blows up in about 2 minutes, which, after a long hike, seems like forever. But, it's really not bad. I have a few of these for the family, and they are are still in one perfect piece, knock on wood.



    I can feel a difference in warmth, compared to my old pad. I haven't used it in the winter, but our mountain nights get chilly, and this has definitely helped. But more than anything, I love the extra space I have in my pack, now that I can use the exterior straps on my backpack for my tent, instead of my sleeping pad.



    This photo was bombed by one of the billion mosquitoes we camped out with, that weekend. It shows the Air Core next to two down sleeping bags, that are pretty minimal, as well.

    Little Big Pad

    Haven't slept on it yet, but can't wait

      Love the idea of this pad. I have an older big Agnes insulated pad and I have had no complaints so when I saw the new Q-core I was intrigued. I currently use a thermarest neo-air and haven't had any problems, but after a rough night of sleep I decided it was time to upgrade. I have a really bad back and shoulder and felt I needed something deeper to provide some additional cushion. The Q-Core at about 4 inches deep was just what I was looking for. It isn't terribly heavy and packs down pretty small (not as small as the Neo-air, but doesn't sound like a bag of chips either). The picture shows the neo-air vs the big Agnes so you can see how thick the big Agnes is.

      Haven't slept on it yet, but can't wait

      I cannot complain

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I have never been more comfortable in my life out in the backcountry. This sleeping pad is more than I could ask for. It's lightweight, comfy, warm, and pretty durable so far. The regular size fits my 5'10" 160lb body perfectly. Being able to fall into the Q-Core after a long day of backpacking is such an incredible feeling. I will stand by Big Agnes and Q-Core till my time runs out. Fantastic Product.

      Comfy and Warm!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I love this pad for the size and weight along with the comfort you would ever want. The pad is super easy to inflate and I haven't had to inflate it in the middle of the night like some old pads I've used. This is a great pad for those campers who get cold easily.. If you need anything, contact me directly and I would love to help you get the best prices/gear advice. My direct email is skdavis@backcountry.com. Feel free to hit me up anytime.

      Comfy but leaky

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this pad about a year ago. It's the lightest, smallest, most comfortable pad I've owned. I'm an AT thru hiker, so I use this pad every night. The quilt design makes this pad quite comfortable. It also packs small. I have the short model and I'm 5'1. The size fits, but if I were one or two inches shorter, it wouldn't.

      After 2 months on the trail, my pad started deflating. I did everything I could to find the hole, but it still leaked. Big Agnes customer service was amazing and they gave me a free replacement. 2 months into owning my second pad, it started leaking again. I'm very careful in finding flat tent spots and never put my pad on anything that could poke a hole in it, so it seems unacceptable to me that I've gone through 2 leaky pads in less than 4 months. For this reason, I cannot recommend this pad.

      Perfecto.

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      This pad is the shit.

      I slept on it for two weeks in my room to initially test it out and only have one complaint. I wish they made it a little wider. At 6'3 and 195 pounds the long size was a must. If I'm on my back my arms both rest on the floor not on the pad. I had to learn to sleep with my hands in my pockets or crossed over my chest like a child in a harsh catholic school.

      It's also really good for side sleeping.
      I took it out to Zion's NP and Glacier NP and i must say with the insulated pad it keeps you pretty toasty in 90+ heat.
      In cooler temperatures it's amazing.

      My only other complaint other than the width is it takes awhile to deflate.

      Awesome!

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I recently was charged with outfitting my group (wife, sister, brother-in-law, brother, sister-in-law) with gear for a week long trip in southern utah canyon country. We got tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks, the whole run. All of our gear held up and served us well.
      The Big Agnes Insulated Pad was like heaven to fall into every night.

      Best pad I've ever owned

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      My sleeping pad has been the most commonly evolving piece of my kit. I've gone the route of the tried and true Thermarest mattresses experimented with Klymit pads, and so on. Ultimately finding each pad, while fully functional, to be lacking in some capacity. It's worth noting that I'm an outdoorsman with a bad back who's too stubborn to ever admit that maybe going miles over rough terrain with 40 pounds strapped to my back is an not an ideal pursuit. That said backpacking is my passion.. finding a sleep system that allowed my back the best chance to recuperate before the next days trek was paramount! This pad is wonderfully thought out and incredibly comfortable. It's been a complete game changer for me. It's comfortable and packs down small which is the best of both worlds when it comes to sleeping pads in my opinion. It takes more than a few breaths to get fully inflated but really can be done relatively quickly. We own two and inside of 5 minutes they're fully deployed and sleep ready. I may suggest paying attention to the fashion in which it was packed into its stuff sack. I actually took photos upon unboxing to ensure I folded it in a similar fashion. It really does offer you the best likelihood of getting it back to its original packaged size. Some may say that folding it the same way time and again will shorten its life span but this is some pretty stout material and it comes with a handy lifetime manufacturer warranty. The ripstop Nylon shell does give you a bit of confidence that you wont wake up one night on a rapidly deflating pad. Store the pad deflated and unpacked and this should last you for years to come. It is insulated and quilted making it perfect for Late fall and winter camping. Also while great with any bag I feel nothing pairs better with the Sierra Designs Backcountry bed than the Big Agnes Q-core sleeping pad.

      too slippery

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

      everything about this pad is great, except it is just too slippery, i had to spend the night on a bit of an incline and i have never spent so much time climbing back up my pad, my girlfriend also bought this pad and same problem. for a backpacking pad i would expect to not always be able to find perfectly flat camp spots. if they made the next design with some texture or something then perfect but for now i'm returning it. that one problem is a big one for me

      Comfort and warmth to the core!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I broke this bad boy in hard hiking the Alpine #7 thought the Swan Mountains last September. Temps reached a chilly 30° but I would have never known. The Q-Core in combination with my BA Encampment bag kept me warm and toasty the whole trip. This sleeping pad is not only warm but very, very comfortable.

      Comfort and warmth to the core!

      Great pad for all seasons

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I've owned this pad for 4 years. I am an avid backpacker, spend at least 50 + nights on the trail a year. Both a Grand Canyon hiking and river guide as well as PCT and Utah hiker. I am around thorns and sharp rocks constantly and only once have I had to patch a hole and that was when I was hit by a tornado at night and thrown 15 ft into a mesquite bush. I repaired my pad and I'm still using it a year later.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Best Night's Sleep

      • 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.

      Will the Q-Core Sleeping Pad be comfortable still for summer camping (as high as 70s on Texas nights)? I understand the pad is insulated and would this feature make it uncomfortable for summer camping?

      Preston,



      For the warmer nights, what you can do is flip the pad over. The insulation is on the top surface. So by flipping it over, the insulation is now on the ground for the warmer nights.



      Anytime you have a Big Agnes question, shoot me an email and I'll make sure to work with you 1-on-1!



      Jared D.

      Expert Gearhead

      801.736.4336

      jdowns@backcountry.com

      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.



      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?

      It does! It works fantastically. I had a q-core the entire PCT and while the pad is amazing after a 35 mile day blowing it up kind of sucks. I didn't know about the pump until after I returned home but I bought it instantly and I have been super happy with it. The pump does seem kind of flimsy and I don't expect it to last more than a season or two but it is a lifesaver. It gets it within 5 breaths of full.

      Hope that helps!

      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.

      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

      Allison,



      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?

      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.

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

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

      I've been told that the Big Agnes Pump...

      I've been told that the Big Agnes Pump House is a necessary piece of equipment for inflating this pad. I'm wondering if anyone here has this pad but not the Pump House? Or just general comments on inflation time/difficulties, etc. Thanks.

      Best Answer

      No pump house needed. You can just blow it up using your own breath. It does take a few minutes. I would say a pump or the pumphouse would speed this up dramatically. Blowing up two of these for me and my girlfriend definitely leaves me a bit winded :-) but its not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, considering you get th best night of sleep ever on this thing. Super warm and no bottoming out even on your side.

      Thanks! Any idea how it would compare to blowing up a standard full-length Therm-a-Rest? From the specs it looks about twice as tall as my Therm-a-Rest, but I think part of that's due to the insulated aspect of it.

      Laura,



      It is considerably more difficult to inflate than the standard Therm-a-Rest. I personally do not own the pump that comes with this pad, but I could see how it would be helpful. If you are trying to inflate this at high elevation it is a chore, and honestly it is a chore even at low elevation. All that to say, it is well worth it. I purchased this pad after using Therm-a-Rest for years, and I will never look back again. Good luck!

      For a regular pad I have counted how many breaths it takes to blow it up. It usually takes between 25 and 30 so it is a bit of a chore, but you have to weigh the options do you want to blow it up the harder way and save weight or do you want to blow it up the easy way and carry a little more weight.

      GET a pump house! i use this thing almost every weekend, and after a long day hiking/climbing ect. who wants to blow up an air mattress that has a 3" loft. takes 10-15 minutes and mild light headedness! pick one up and save your lungs for singing! :)

      Can you please advise if a repair kit is...

      Can you please advise if a repair kit is included, available as an extra item or how the pad can be repaired in the event of a puncture or other mishap?

      Has anyone compared this mattress to...

      Has anyone compared this mattress to Thermarest's NeoAir Xtherm? Up in Northwestern Ontario Canada and looking for the best choice for winter camping. Thanks

      How small can you get it compressed to? ...

      How small can you get it compressed to? I know there is a rolled size, but I find I can always get my dual core down a bit smaller than the stuff sack dimensions. I'm wondering how much success folks have had on getting this down. Thermarest prides itself on 1L nalgene size. Anyone been able to rival that with this?

      Best Answer

      You're in luck Courtney- I just happen to have both an Insulated Q-Core and a NeoAir All Season in front of me, because I decided I need to compare them in order to decide which one I prefer. I just rolled them both up and got them exactly the same dimensions: 8" long x 5" in diameter. I had to put a little more effort into rolling the Q-core flat (rolled it up twice, in fact), as the insulation has some loft. I may have been able to get the NeoAir smaller, but didn't feel the need to go there.
      The Q-Core is about 4 oz heavier on my scales, but Oh- SO plush! It has the NeoAir beat in comfort, in my opinion. I like how the edges are raised; It sort of cradles you very subtly in the center of the pad. The NeoAir is very cool and has space-age super-tech feel, but I think the crinkliness would get on my nerves, as others have noted. I also wonder how the internal foil baffles that provide the insulation will hold up over time... I think I'm going with the Q-Core.

      You're in luck Courtney- I just happen to have both an Insulated Q-Core and a NeoAir All Season in front of me, because I decided I need to compare them in order to decide which one I prefer.  I just rolled them both up and got them exactly the same dimensions: 8" long x 5" in diameter.  I had to put a little more effort into rolling the Q-core flat (rolled it up twice, in fact), as the insulation has some loft. I may have been able to get the NeoAir smaller, but didn't feel the need to go there.  
The Q-Core is about 4 oz heavier on my scales, but Oh- SO plush!  It has the NeoAir beat in comfort, in my opinion.  I like how the edges are raised; It sort of cradles you very subtly in the center of the pad.  The NeoAir is very cool and has space-age super-tech feel, but I think the crinkliness would get on my nerves, as others have noted.  I also wonder how the internal foil baffles that provide the insulation will hold up over time... I think I'm going with the Q-Core.

      Thats what I figured. This looks like an ideal comfort vs. size/weight compromise for warmer season camping. I look at it as a sleep vs. hump weight. While I don't want to hump the extra weight, I'm going to spend 8-9 hours on it in a given night so I may as well get something good. This is looking like my warmer climates pad. Or the right pad for the lady.