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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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What sleeping bags would this work...

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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.

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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.

Trying to decide between the following...

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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?

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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...

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

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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.

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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.

Q-core in a BA pump house

Q-core in a BA pump house

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Pad inside the Big Agnes pump house bag

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.

5 5

This thing is awesome

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this camping and it is by far the most comfortable thing! I've thrown it in a hammock and slept like a baby. Getting ready to take out again in the Canyon lands of Utah! Super lightweight, fits great in my pack. Highly recommend.

5 5

Awesome !!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best insulated pad for your buck. This thing is so comfy i sleep on it in my house to fix my back, it is more comfortable than my bed (i have a pretty nice bed) plus, in the Backcountry you also get the crickets to sing you to sleep. GREAT product!

5 5

Really comfy!

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

Best nights sleep I've have in a tent. Looking forward to using it again.
Folds up into a small bag. Easy to blow up.

5 5

Sleeping in the woods was never so cool.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'0 200lbs+ and I ordered the long/wide version of this pad (good fit). It does take more than a few breaths to blow this baby up... but when it is finished, it is well worth it. This pad is very comfortable. Packs up very small and comes with a repair patch kit... in case you sleep with porcupine.

5 5

This pad rocks...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I dont want anything but this pad. I will bring it to my Aconcagua trip next December full of trust in its comfort and insulation power. I used the Q-core on my 6 day trip to Kilimanjaro last January,including a frozen night inside its crater, and slept very weel all the nights. Its a must have.

This pad rocks...
5 5

about 100% better than Therm-a-rest Neo

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

So I've had the REI pad first, thought it was nice but kinda heavy and very thin. And I spent the $$ for the T-A-R NeoAir xlite for its lightness, but it's very uncomfortable, I would roll all over the place on the pad and I cannot sleep. I then purchased the Q-Core Long version, and I fell asleep when trying it in the living room. When I woke up, I exchanged it for a long/wide version (I'm 6'1, broad shoulder) for maximum comfort when lying face up!!

It does take more time to inflate than both the REI and the therma-a-rest pad. But it is 100% more comfortable and it is the only piece of gear in my overnight pack that is not super light. Actually if you have a highend Marmot down bag about 15-30F, this pad is bigger than the sleeping bag+compression sack! (I had superlight 1person tent, carbon poles, Arc'Teryx jackets, minimalist cooking stuff, etc) But it's worth it, because you can actually sleep.

3 5

I want to give more stars..

This pad is so comfortable, if there is a rock under this pad you wouldn't feel it at all. The pad is a thick material, seems extremely durable. Unfortunately we noticed a small hole in the seam near the valve on . The hole is crazy tiny but leaks air enough to notice. This hole was found on our 3rd trip out with the pad. Bummer! Sending it in to Big Agnes now, hopefully they will repair or replace with no hassle. I will report back when the process is complete. And hopefully add some stars, the pad was a dream on the few backpacking trips we took!

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