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    15 Reviews


    Pack light, sleep well.

    Whether you're taking full advantage of mild spring temperatures in the desert or tromping around the high country come summer, the Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad is designed to keep your pack light and back comfy when you finally call it a night after a long day on the trail.

    The Air Core's minimalist I-beam construction keeps overall weight to a minimum, and the tough nylon fabric is fashioned with a TPU laminate, which resists punctures and tears when Fido decides your sleeping mat looks better than the tent floor. Big Agnes built this pad with sizable outer air chambers to help cradle your back in the middle, and added a large air valve to quickly deflate the pad when you're breaking camp. Ultimately, the Air Core is a non-insulated sleeping pad which makes it ideal for warm weather camping, and features an antimicrobial treatment to help prevent the inner air chambers from becoming a moldy mess over time.

    • Nylon with TPU laminate material
    • I-beam construction
    • High volume air valve
    • Air pressure adjustment button
    • Antimicrobial treatment
    • Repair kit included
    • Item #BAG009V

    Tech Specs

    ripstop nylon, TPU laminate
    air pad
    [petite] 20 x 66in, [regular] 20 x 72in, [wide regular] 25 x 72in, [long] 20 x 78in
    Temperature Rating
    Stuff Sack
    Claimed Weight
    [petite] 1 lb 2 oz, [regular] 1 lb 4 oz, [wide regular] 1 lb 6 oz, [long] 1 lb 10 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great value

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have the insulated version for colder temperatures and I went ahead and snagged this one as well for warmer camping. As always great quality from BA, easy to pump up and I haven't had any air loss with either of them. Compacts pretty small and is pretty competitive for weight considering it gives much more padding for us side sleepers than other pads.

    Great sleeping pad

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I’m 6’2” and 200lbs and this pad was plenty roomy. Takes a bit to blow up, but not bad given the comfort it provides. Rolls up to a little bigger than a beer can and is light. Worth every penny or ounce given the excellent comfort. Slept like a baby for four night deep in the Frank Church Wilderness.

    Trying Not to Lose Sleep Over It

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased this pad after my 5 year old BA Oak Street finally bit the dust (awesome pad, I'll miss it). This model seems to be made with the same quality. It's lightweight, comfortable, and the new valve is leagues better than the old one. It works well with the pad system of my BA Lost Ranger bag, but I found a major disadvantage when using a different brand bag. Unlike my old oak street, the surface of the air core is really slippery (kinda like a pool float). This summer I used it with my lightweight marmot bag and pitched the tent on a very slight incline. Every time I would move, the bag would slide down the pad, thus, making for a restless night of readjustments. I've slept on greater inclines with my old pad and the same bag without incident problem. So if you plan on using a different brand bag (or one that does not have a sleeping pad system) be weary of the inclines.

    Great Warm Weather Option

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Super light weight and packs down to a fraction of the size of you Nalgene, ticks all the boxes for a great warm weather backpacking option. Works great on its own and even better in the Big Agnes sleep systems. One of my favorite features is the bleed valve button that allows you to let out small increments of air while you are laying on it in order to sink in to the pad a bit. Definitely meant only for the summer months though, anything cooler and you are going to want something insulated. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions on this item or any other of your backpacking needs!

    best sleeping pad I've ever had

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Got these to replace my bulky thermarest pad and was blown away by its tiny size and how comfy it was. I have never slept better in the woods! I can see it not being that great if you let your pup sleep with you in the tent but for the 2 legged - it's the best thing you can pack!

    small, packable, not insanely comfy

      The packable size is a huge win. I love their new valves. Very worth the extra half-ounce weight, but the convenience is amazing, especially with their handy dry-sack / screw-on "Pumphouse" which works better than I thought it would.
      The comfort of the vertical baffles, however, isn't super plush. If one has a Big Agnes sleeping bag that has sleeves to hold the pad, comfort would be increased, but in my regular bag, I wasn't as comfy as I am on my flat, one-baffle thermarest
      (which is heavy and bulky). Once I got settled in I slept quite well, but the Q-Core is much more comfy and worth the extra coin (unless you have a 'system' sleeping bag)

      Anyone else have trouble

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Every big agnes pad I've ever owned has had leaked after only a few months of use. I imagine the leak was somewhere in the valve. These pads also take a dizzy amount of energy to fill. No doubt comfortable but no way to repair the leak in the valve without sending it back. Big Agnes has always been really helpful with exchanges and warranty issues but even the pads that got swapped out had the same problem. Four pads between the q core and air core series.

      Compact, light and Sturdy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      So most inflatable pads like these are super flimsy or they get a leak super easy or they can POP. Nobody has time for that S*** . So if you are looking for a reliable pad that can also be paired with the BA Fishhawk Bag then get this PAD!

      Great for warm weather backpacking

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I found this to be a great combination of value, weight savings and overall great construction.

      If you are looking for a sleeping bad that wont break the bank or sacrifice quality, buy this.

      Big Agnes Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pads

      The redesigned Air Core Ultra is a smooth and stable sleeping surface, easier and faster to inflate/deflate, warmer, tougher, lighter, and more packable than its award winning predecessor. Still the most economical warm weather pad available.

      Lightweight and effective

        Great little pad for the price to take summer camping and backpacking. I have back pain so being able to adjust this pad when needed really helps me quickly get comfortable at night.

        It's not very warm but packs down small so it's great for backpacking

        Summer Pad

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

        I got this for my dad but ended up returning it upon inspecting the box and item details. It turns out that even though this pad is rated down to 35 degrees it's designed specifically as a summer pad. If you're a cold sleeper, like my dad, you probably wouldn't be very warm in cold conditions.
        Look at the bottom of my review for my contact info. Feel free to email or call if you have any questions about my review or this product.

        Summer Pad

        Thick and lightweight

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've used this pad on several occasions. It has high loft and doesn't take too long to inflate. The two valves are pretty nice and you can maintain the valve with the included kit. It's easy to tweak the level of inflation while lying on the pad. This pad is slippery and it's long barrel shaped baffles make it interesting to use, sometimes. Most sleeping bags have a surface that is slick against the pad. I found that if I sleep on any slope, my regular tossing-and-turning during the evening, causes my to slip down the pad. Sleeping on my side, sometimes makes me feel like I'm teetering on one of the few large baffles. Further, this paid is relatively loud and squeaky; possibly disturbing your fellow campers during the night. I have another brand of pad that uses V baffles and a less slippery surface that is more convenient to use. The Big Agnes is thicker than most but I do wish I spent the extra for a slightly better pad they make with different baffle design.

        Super Comfy

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This air mattress is incredibly comfortable. It packs up very small. I got the petite size so I would have more room for my gear inside the tent. It is very quick to blow up takes about a minute because every breath you blow stays in the the mat. I paired it with a memory foam topper and I slept like a baby

        Ultra Comfortable

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        For the past decade or so, I have used my fathers old foam pad for camping, and it worked to say the least. I decided to upgrade to an air pad finally, and after seeing this one in person it was decided. It blows up to about two-inches in height, providing an insane amount of cushion for being off the ground; than it is decided so the outer two lines of air are bigger than the others, meaning this pad cradles you into the middle. It stays inflated the entire time you are using it, with the only draw-back being the time it takes to blow up, about ten minutes at the most. My favorite feature of this is Big Agnes air valve technology; it is now a simple in valve that holds each breathe you blow into it, but also has an out-flow hole that dumps the air out. This is one of the lightest, most compact, and most comfortable pads I have used.