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- Lightweight, compact, three-season pad designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in winter
- X-Static synthetic insulation with silver filaments for anti-odor and anti-microbial protection
- Alternating I-Beam construction for a smoother, more comfortable feel
- Nylon Ripstop top and bottom for added durability
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Great pads, pick the correct size.
Here's a pick of 3 pads and 3 different sizes just to give you some definition. Q core insulated mummy, Q core insulated sleeping pad in 2 sizes.
Narrower than Spec'd
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I was very excited about this pad when it came out, and was looking to use it as a significant upgrade to my backpacking sleep system. I was willing to trade some weight for the promised thickness and get a better night's sleep in the backcountry. Unfortunately, it's not wide enough. Mine measured just under 17 inches when inflated, not the spec'd 20. Not good for a guy with wide shoulders. It weighed in slightly heavier than advertised by an ounce or so. I also wasn't a huge fan of the surface when inflated. That being said, it was fairly comfortable and easy enough to inflate.
I ended up returning and going with a NeoAir Xtherm. Never looked back.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Maybe one of the best pads I've ever used. Good thickness, not the smallest package ever but worth the added size. Wont leave home without it again.
The weights for the two sizes available here are:
Regular: 1lb 2oz
Long: 1lb 3oz
The other sizes that BA makes are the petite and the long-wide:
Long-Wide: 1lb 7oz
All sizes have an R-value of 4.5
Warm and Comfortable
The Q-Core SL is a light weight, warm, and comfortable. When looking for a new pad I compared this to the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. This pad felt more comfortable, probably attributed to it being an inch thicker. I like to winter camp so warmth was a big factor in my decision and this hasn't disappointed. The pad claims to be a three season pad, but it performs well on snow and keeps me warm.
The downsides I have noticed are that it feels narrow. I'm 5'11, 185 lbs and my shoulders are a little wider than the pad is, so if you sleep on your back, your arms might get cold. I'm a side sleeper usually, and since the pad is thick enough I haven't had that issue. Also, if you've had a tough day the pad might be a bit of a pain to inflate since usually takes about 2-3 minutes of lung effort as it is not auto-inflating.