Davewrote a review of Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad - Mummy on December 7, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have always been of the mindset that I can carry a bit more weight for comfort. That being said, I don't want to carry my super sweet REI self inflating campbed with me for week long backpacking trips, as it is close to 5 pounds and so big that I have to strap it outside my pack. So I ordered this (long) and immediately took it on the trail for the weekend. The size is compact, it fits in a water bottle pocket on the side of my pack. I found the listed weight to be true at just over a pound. Inflation was easy with the Big Agnes pumphouse bag, which is a great product in itself! I highly recommend it for any pad you have to blow up. Now back to the pad. When I had it on the trail, the temps were in the mid 30's and raining, but the pad kept the chill away like a champ! I was warm in my tent just laying on top of it with no sleeping bag while relaxing. The length was great, but the width... oh how I struggled to stay on it at night! It was difficult to stay in the middle and not off one side or the other. I like to move around in my sleep, and this pad is just too narrow for moving from back to side in the night. I think the fact that I was fighting to stay on top of it was the reason it wrecked my back so bad over the weekend, and for that reason, I have to return it. I'm sure it is great for some people, but I like getting a good nights sleep on the trail, so I'll try the Q Core in wide/long next. Still rating it a 4 since it does what it says it will do, it is super light and compact,well insulated, and when side sleeping, my hips never touched the ground.