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The toasty-warm Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad puts a layer of high-tech, thermodynamic X-Static insulation and heat-reflective polyurethane between you and the cold, cruel earth. Its 15F comfort rating gives you plenty of three-season camp time, and its bomber yet lightweight nylon construction and durable valve mean the triple-seasons can keep on coming.

  • Nylon ripstop top and bottom is tough, durable, and super-light
  • Alternating I-beam construction delivers a smooth, consistent, and comfy feel
  • X-Static synthetic insulation boasts thermodynamic, antimicrobial, odor-resistant properties
  • Internal, heat-reflective polyurethane coating helps seal in the warmth on those chilly nights
  • Comfort-rated at 15F for three-season fun
  • Rectangular shape adds coverage at the corners so you have wiggle room
  • Durable inflation valve prevents leaks and inefficient inflation
  • Ample 3.5in thickness offers more comfort than self-inflating pads
  • Stuff sack included for convenient portability

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3 5

Cut weight and sleep great. But...

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

Update: This pad currently suffers from a manufactures defect. The non-wide versions of the pad are supposed to measure 20 inches inflated to correctly fit the sleeve of Big Ag's sleeping bags, instead they measure in at 18 inches. Now 2 inches isnt a big deal if you are warm weather camping, however while camping in the cold, those two inches make a big difference in your warmth throughout the night. I have spoken with Big Agnes's warranty department (Excellent customer service) and they have informed me a fix is in the works, and that anyone who purchased the pad prior to the fix can have their pad replaced. For now my review sits at three stars, although this is a five star pad in terms of weight and comfort. I will update this when I get my hands on a pad with the proper dimensions.
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I decided to upgrade my 09' chambered air core sleeping pad to the Q-core superlight and here is what I noticed.

In terms of weight, roll size, warmth, and overall comfort, this pad is the real deal. I've never owned a pad inflatable or otherwise that had such a complete package.
That being said I did notice that depending on where you distribute your weight on the pad it will shift beneath you, it is not as firm as previous big agnes pads. Personally, I enjoy a firmer pad, but that is just me.
Fixing a puncture is easy and can be done in about 20 minutes, the only problem is you need a body of water deep enough to submerge the pad in, I have done several backcountry repairs on Big Agnes pads, and its fairly easy just so long as it was a puncture and not a tear and that you have water to submerge it in. I don't recommend this pad for extended stays in the desert.

Pros
-lightweight
-compact when rolled
-great insulation
-incredibly comfortable

Cons
-not as firm as a chambered pad
-punctures somewhat easily

So after my first time snow camping, I've...

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So after my first time snow camping, I've come to the conclusion I'm in need of a new sleeping pad. I've been reading a little about R ratings and trying to figure out what will best suit my needs. I think something that could be comfortable from 0F up is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey tyler,
this pad should work just fine for you. the other one I would check out is the thermarest all season or the xtherm

5 5

Sweet 3 season

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great insulated pad..i use it in my hammock and it keeps that cold off of my back, i use the regular Q core in the winter because my arms fit on it when i sleep on my back. im 6'2" 190 and long is perfect size for me

5 5

Worthy technology upgrade

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

It folds easily into the bottom of your pack and makes your buddy's z-lite or self-inflating pad look like a ground cloth. It's a worthy gear upgrade with only two trade-offs that I've found thus far:
1) Inflating it takes time and energy. The Big Agnes Pump House makes it a little easier.
2) I can't turn it into a chair like my old Thermarest Prolite (maybe BA will come up with a solution to this?)

Wide/Long vs. Reg Prolite

Wide/Long vs. Reg Prolite

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Beware BA's measurements. The largest Q-Core SL is only slightly wider than my old Regular Prolite!

Responded on

Interesting because I have the regular Qcore W/L and actually thinking about upgrading to sl W/L to save a couple of ounces....

Do you have info for q-core vs. SL width?

Thanks!

5 5

Incredibly comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I heard about the original Q-Core last year, and almost bought one just based on the comfort alone, but heard about this SL version coming out. Waited, and glad I did, for several reasons, although I am a bit disappointed.
I originally went with the regular sized pad, and although light, durable, and really comfy, it was just too narrow. It was about 17.5 inches wide inflated, like other reviewers have stated. I didn't want to believe what other had said, but it's true, it's just too narrow. I'm not a big guy, 5'10", 165lbs, but my elbows hang off the pad, which usually isn't a big deal, but when the pad is close to 4 inches from the ground, it feels weird.
I contacted Big Agnes to see if they had plans to correct the issue, and they said they don't, although they were more than happy to take it back and give me credit for it towards something else. I opted to do it through backcountry instead, and got the Long/Wide version on sale at 25% off. HUGE difference. Although I don't need the length, the width is super nice. Sure, it's 5 or 6 oz heavier, but I'm not into the UL or XUL thing, so it works. I have a 16oz Thermarest pad I can use if I feel like conserving weight, but this thing is ridiculously comfy, and really wide. I've used it a few times, and it's fantastic. Very pleased, although at regular price, $220 would be pretty steep.

5 5

Zzzz

Yes.
This thing does what it's supposed to.
Now my encampment is truly a 15 degree bag.
Almost too comfy. I didn't even want to make coffee.

3 5

SIZE AND WEIGHT ISSUES

I have the Original Q-Core and it is 20 in wide inflated. I measured a Q-Core SL mummy and a new Insulated Air Core mummy and they were both right around 18 inches inflated. I will say I have the BA lost ranger and the original Q-Core barely fits the sleave. The smaller footprint on the SL might actually work better with system. I am going to contact BA and inquire.
Answer from BA: Yes the Q-core SL is not correct in size and weight. It is actually 1-2? smaller width and length depending on model and weighs 1-2 oz heavier depending on model.
This is something that they realized after production and they are aware of it. If anyone has an issue we can cover it with our returns but BA will also help out any customer that is upset.

Responded on

Is BA planning on fixing the issue with later products, or just adjusting the specs? I bought this pad, and I'm not a large person, so I fit on the pad just fine, but if they're planning on making it bigger to fix the specs, I'd rather get a larger one...

Responded on

It sounded like they had not decided how they were going to proceed. I would not expect a new model any time this season. If you like the pad I would just stick with it. It is still a great product.

Stuff Sack Size

Stuff Sack Size

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The impressive size of a compressed Q Core Sl (compared to a 32oz Platypus)

2 5

Disappointing

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

I was very excited upon hearing that the Q CORE (the most comfortable pad out there, in my opinion) was going to be upgraded to an ultralight format that would only be slightly heavier than my EXPED UL7.

After picking up the pad I must say that it certainly is comfortable. The unique air chamber system leads to an incredibly cushioned pad (especially for back sleepers). The R Value is terrific and the pad deflates and stores terrifically small. The pad is also tougher than expected, despite the Ultralight fabric.

The downside? The pad is NOT sized correctly. The regular size is not 20"x72". It is much closer to 17.5"x70". This makes a BIG difference as you will NOT be able to rest your arms on the pad at ANY point while laying on your back. For side sleepers, some part of your body (either your knees or your butt) will be hanging off the pad.

To suffer both a size and weight penalty for this pad (despite how comfortable it is on my back) is too much for me. Unless you're a smaller person or you don't mind springing for the Large/Wide size, I would steer clear.

Responded on

Is the size any different than a regular q core? I mean to say, do you own a non-SL q core, in the same size, and it IS 20 inches wide, or is this just a problem with the entire q core line?

Responded on

ohe,

I own the orignal Q-Core and both the width and length are as specified. Im not sure if the problem lies in the SL line, or if Ryans case is unique.

Responded on

I have the Original Q-Core and it is 20 in wide inflated. I measured a Q-Core SL mummy and a new Insulated Air Core mummy and they were both right around 18 inches inflated. I will say I have the BA lost ranger and the original Q-Core barely fits the sleave. The smaller footprint on the SL might actually work better with system. It is a little shady that the SL and the Original are not the same size. I am going to contact BA and inquire.

Responded on

Answer from BA: Yes the Q-core SL is not correct in size and weight. It is actually 1-2? smaller width and length depending on model and weighs 1-2 oz heavier depending on model.
This is something that they realized after production and they are aware of it. If anyone has an issue we can cover it with our returns but BA will also help out any customer that is upset.

Size Comparison

Size Comparison

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Showing the size difference between two Regular (20x72) sized pads. Exped Ul7 on bottom, Q Core SL on top.I should also mention that the top part the Big Agnes pad looks longer but in fact the pad has a decent amount of extraneous fabric all the way around.

Responded on

I have measured both of these pads except the BA was the Mummy regular size and you are correct. The Exped is a true 20x72 where as the Q-Core SL mummy was more like 18x70. If the size is not an issue the Q-Core is more comfortable in my opinion.