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Light, compact three-season pads

To ensure ultimate comfort while you car camp or backpack in chilly temperatures, use the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Bag. Designed with PrimaLoft Synergy synthetic insulation, the Insulated Air Core keeps you toasty on chilly nights and easily rolls down to fit compactly in your pack or car when not in use.

  • Durable, lightweight cover fabric stands up to your rough car camping or backpacking ways
  • PrimaLoft Synergy synthetic insulation form tiny air pockets that trap body heat and keep the cold out
  • PrimaLoft Synergy fibers are engineered for permanent water resistance and create tight surface tension the resists moisture penetration
  • I-beam construction eliminates welded seams to reduce cold spots and ensures quick inflation/deflation, consistent air flow, and stability
  • Durable inflation valve supplies years of use
  • Includes stuff sack and repair kit (repair kit housed in small pocket in stuff sack)
  • Pad complements any of Big Agnes' cold-weather bags
  • Item #BAG3013

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Claimed Weight
[short] 14 oz, [petite] 19 oz, [regular] 21 oz, [long] 24 oz, [wide/long] 33 oz
Stuff Sack
[short] 20 x 48 in, [petite] 20 x 66 in, [regular] 20 x 72 in, [long] 20 x 78 in, [wide/long] 25 x 78 in
[shell] (20in) nylon diamond ripstop, (25in) nylon, [insulation] PrimaLoft Synergy

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comfortable for my big agnes*

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Out of the countless micro backpacking inflatable pads there are on the market today, Big Agnes remains one of the leaders in it as they do outdo themselves in the product design and development. The pad is super insulated at low temperatures and remains mega warm in the coldest and most in-climate conditions.

Do not buy.

    Couldn't even last one camping trip even when using pad on top of my sleeping bag. I even inflated it a few days before the trip and laid it on my bed at home and noticed it did not hold air through the day. Last night of camping it took only 2 minutes before my whole back was touching the ground. Along with other reviews, I also can say this material does not hold air and I cannot seem to find any holes.

    Hope you like the ground

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    First time buying a BA product, and it will likely be my last.

    Before developing the multiple hole problem so many people seem to experience, I never found this pad comfortable. The pad is too high off the ground and not wide enough to support my shoulders or arms. this means my arms end up laying on the ground and I wake up with weird pains in my shoulders. (I am 6'2" with broad shoulders)

    But now the lad has decided to start deflating due to the poor choice of material used to construct it. I have used the pad around 10 nights in a clean tent, no chance of puncturing it.
    I have have 2 Thermorest pads for almost 2 decades without any deflation issues. I know which brand I'll be going back to.

    Best comfort for the price

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've used the Air Core for a few years. I've never had any problems with leaking or anything. It's very comfortable, not as comfortable as the Q-Core series but still very comfortable.

    The insulated Air Core kept my 30 degree bag warm in a snow storm. It's a great pad to sleep on and I highly recommend it!

    Hasn't leaked yet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used this pad probably 10-15 times and had no problems. I always am able to sleep well on it and my back never hurts afterward. I've used it in temperatures down to 25 degrees and it seems that the insulated aspect really works. I've read that a big portion of people who have it have gotten leaks, but neither I nor my wife have had any leaks in ours, so hopefully they continue to perform well.

    Bad material. Do not buy!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the third time I use this air core and it has already started leaking air! I did not camp on rough terrain and always have extra tarp under the tent. When I immersed it in the water to look for the leak, I discovered that not only is the air coming out at the bottom but even more leakage on the top layer! These are definitely not punctured by anything other than material defect. On this one photo attached, you can see there are at least 5 leaks.

    Bad material.  Do not buy!

    Tried twice but failed

      I have used two of these pads. In both cases I only used them in my tent, which I normally keep very clean. The first one worked very well until Scout camp where I put it on a cot and it started leaking...I put it in water and was surprised by the number of small holes! It was like I had rolled it with a pissed off hedgehog inside it! I took it back to the store and BA replaced it. No issues and every one was great about it. The new one I took very special care of but it too developed the same exact issues! I was too careful with this one! Sorry, but until the issue is addressed, I'd go with someone else!

      Garbage, stay away!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Used 3 times in a very clean/new tent and it developed holes. Leaked, made for very uncomfortable nights on the cold ground, whats worse?...this isnt cheap. Save your money, sleep on the cold ground first and ask yourself how comfy are ya, then if you are comfy you can buy this, cuz thats what will happen. Made of cheap non durable material. Waste of money! I hate my purchase.

      Small and comfortable

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

      I asked to borrow this for a backpacking trip when I saw a fellow co-worker pull this out of her pack. Holy cow this thing packs small, a huge (or small) upgrade from my super old pad.

      Some observations I have to share:

      - It packs small and is extremely light.
      - Very comfortable, I was noticeably less stiff sleeping on this pad.
      - Deflating this pad was really fast.

      - This pad takes a lot of air making the inflation process seem like it takes forever. Blowing this up takes significantly longer than other pads I have used, I was light-headed after doing so.
      - Questionable durability- The pad is pretty thick, I'd be afraid the material might not hold up as well making it pop easier. However, this is just an observation.

      I'd be willing to give the pad another shot. I have multiple co-workers who own this, and I trust their judgement!

      Comfy Pad - Terrible Quality

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I purchased my first BA Insulated Air Core Pad about 5 years ago (discontinued purple color), and really put it through the wringer. Took it on every backpacking and car camping trip and it held up wonderfully. About 3 months ago however, it blew out one of the seams, and would no longer hold air for any amount of time. Tried and failed to glue/patch the seam using included kit and other glues.

      Since I had really enjoyed the pad, I purchased another with the same specs. I have used it a grand total of 2 times, both times in a tent on soft surfaces. The second night, I woke up to it completely deflated after only about 2 hours. When I got home, I tracked down the leak (soapy water) and again, it was a small blowout on the seam close to the foot. As you can see from many other reviews on this same product, it is comfy while it lasts, but there seem to be some serious quality control issues. Save your money and buy another pad.

      Mine had a blow out as well but I sent it in and the company replaced it free of charge. The quality of the new materials they use seems less to me especially with the plastic mouth piece but I would recommend contacting be ther arrest about your frequent trouble.

      Comfortable Pad w/ Questionable Quality

        Purchased this pad for the wife and used side-by-side to my Therm-a-Rest Neo for ~12 months across the PNW and Patagonia. While it was extremely comfortable, the durability is questionable.

        Unfortunately the pad blew a gasket at some point in time and won't hold air any more. After using every trick in the book to locate the air leak without any success, I'm about to buy another Therm-a-rest pad and consider this wasted money.

        Best Nights Sleep I've Gotten

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've used a whole bunch of sleeping pads from Stoic, Therm-A-Rest, etc but almost always wake up not feeling great or light I got a good nights sleep. Which is normally a problem because I've previously put in a long day of hiking and have another big one ahead of me.

        Quality Night Sleep:
        But this is the sleeping pad I've gotten my best nights sleep on while backpacking. I used this last weekend in the Uintas on a 26+ mile hike and slept great. Early in June I used it for a full week on a climbing trip through Colorado and slept great up at elevation there.

        I'm just under 6'0'' tall and have the Regular (72”) length pad. Either my feet or my head would hang over or be on the edge the whole time. This wasn’t a huge issue because I knew I needed the 78” pad for comfort but opted for the 72” for some weight savings.

        Once completely deflated, this packs down super small which was a huge help in allowing me to hit a 25 liter pack for a 2-night/2-day 26+ mile trip in the Uintas.

        This takes a little bit. Most folks get frustrated by this, but I’d say just break it up into 2-3 sessions of inflating it. For me it takes about 20-25 full breathes and it fully inflates. Then I lay on it and let air out until it’s at my desired comfort.

        So the insulation is along the”top” or one side. I find it to be plenty insulation on cold nights. But on the warmer nights I flip the pad over because the other side of the pad does not have any insulation. This helps me run cooler on the warm nights because I tend to sleep real warm.

        Overall I think it is a great sleeping pad and have really enjoyed it.

        Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about Big Agnes, this sleeping pad or any other gear!

        Jared D.
        Expert Gearhead

        Best Nights Sleep I've Gotten

        Big Agnes sucks

          I used this pad twice, the first time on a 3 night pack rafting trip, then on a trip to NZ. on both occasions it was inside a tent. It started deflating on me in NZ, and I had to wake up every 2 hours to re-inflate it. Obviously it had a hole in it, and on checking it in the bath tub I found that it had that many holes in it that it looked like a cactus had been rolled up in it... For the money, what a rubbish product.

          Micro Leaks!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I absolutely cannot recommend this air pad. My first one lasted approximately 20 nights mostly sleeping in my tent and on the rare occasion I used it in a AT shelter I had a ground cloth under it. The 2nd Air Core might have lasted 5 nights in my tent before it failed with micro leaks. I spent hours in camp 2 nights soaping it down and looking for leaks with no success as each night every 1-2 hours I had to re inflate.

          1 year later with 2 pads

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          We do plenty of camping, generally no less than two weekends a month and sometimes 3 overnights in a week as we live really close to some prime spots. I've used a few different pads in the past from CCF (Closed Cell Foam) to some cheap self-inflators that never measured up. These things have been awesome so far. No leaks, tears, discoloration, etc. If I pulled them out right now you couldn't tell them from new. Coupled with a thermarest inflator (2 AA batteries that last about 6 months filling 2 air pads) and they are even better.
          The only reason I gave them four stars instead of five is my friend recently picked up the Big Agnes Q-Core insulated version. It's cross-hatch design sleeps even more comfortably than the tube-style. If I ever manage to puncture one of these I know which one I'm moving up to. :)