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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad

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    17 Reviews


    A backpacker's best friend.

    You can have the most comfortable pack in the world, but your back's still going to be a bit knackered after trekking fifteen miles with a forty-pound bag strapped to your posterior. However, thanks to the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad, you're able to comfortably simmer down and snooze peacefully when you finally crawl into your tent after a full day on the trail.

    Designed to offer personalized cushioning, this insulated pad features a high-volume valve and micro-adjust air pressure button that, when combined, assure quick inflation. A generous dose of synthetic insulation makes this pad capable of dealing with temperatures down to fifteen degrees, so you won't have to spend your night hugging a warm bottle of water during those late fall and early spring trips.Additionally, the minimalist-yet-rugged I-beam construction keeps this sleeping pad's weight to a minimum, but without sacrificing durability in the process.

    • Ripstop nylon with TPU laminate
    • WRM HL synthetic insulation
    • Heat reflective technology
    • I-beam construction
    • High-volume valve with air pressure adjustment
    • Repair kit included
    • Item #BAG009W

    Tech Specs

    ripstop nylon, TPU laminate
    insulated air pad
    [petite] 20 x 66 in, [regular] 20 x 72 in, [wide regular] 25 x 72 in, [long] 20 x 78 in
    Temperature Rating
    15 F
    Stuff Sack
    Claimed Weight
    [petite] 1 lb 4 oz, [regular] 1 lb 5 oz, [wide regular] 1 lb 7 oz, [long] 1 lb 9 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Do not operate Impaired

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The pad it self, awesome. Slept super comfy for a few nights on the Oregon coast. However, I would highly suggest inflating it sober for the first time. After knocking back a (few) cold ones with the boys, I had the hardest time figuring out how to inflate it for the first time. I ended up with a modified sucker-fish playing a tuba technique, while lying on my back with the pad on top of me. It took me a while, but I figured out I was on the wrong side and I got it inflated and slept great!

    OK at first, then leakage

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    You don't want your sleeping pad to give out while winter snow camping. My insulated air core deflated in a couple of hours.
    I have used this pad many times with mixed results. I really want it to work, but it just doesn't fit the bill.
    I have tried to find the leak to no avail. Big Agnes hasn't been any help at all.

    Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleep

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

    What can I say, my girlfriend and I both used these last weekend and woke up to a better night of sleep than we get at home. Maybe this means we have a really bad mattress, but I'd like to think that it speaks more for the comfort of the pad.

    I toss and turn in my sleep, so inevitably I slept on my back, side, and stomach on this pad. No bottoming out in any position. The pad isn't silent when you are adjusting your sleeping position, but it surely isn't loud either.

    What blew me away was the weight and size of this pad for the comfort it provides. It rolls up to about the size of a 32 ounce Nalgene bottle. Honestly, the comfort isn't that far off my car-camping-only Therm-a-rest Luxury Map pad.

    Bottom line: This is a lightweight, low volume backpacking pad that will make you forget you're sleeping on the ground.

    Great pad

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Just finished 5 days of kayak camping up at Glacier Bay National Park and this pad is great. Did not matter how rocky the beaches were that we slept on, I slept comfortably every night. Packs down-well and is relatively lightweight. Bought a second one for my wife to use.

    Sleep Like a Baby

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

    I don't usually camp with a sleeping pad, but when I do, I go to Big Agnes to make sure I have the right pad for my needs. This pad was lightweight, easy to blow up, and insulated me up on Mt. Rainier quite well. It was amazing to see the difference between when I was up on the pad and when my foot or hand slipped off the pad and touched the frozen non-insulated ground of the tent. Needless to say I would have frozen without it!

    The regular size pad handled my lanky 6-foot frame with ease and made it easy to sleep tight without slipping off. What's more, is that now when you blow up the pad, there is a one-way valve to capture your progress so you no longer have to manually block the air from coming back out, making everything more simple, and believe me, when you're tired, you'll thank Big Agnes for that.

    The only thing I would have liked to have had would be the Pumphouse bag, which has been mentioned in other reviews. I used one when I got back and realized how nice it would have been to have one up on the mountain. So seriously, grab this pad and the Pumphouse, and go try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

    Even better with the Pumphouse

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

    As is, I'd give this pad 4-stars. No doubt about it, it's a top-quality lightweight insulated airpad. Durable, warm, comfortable, and light enough. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for my own needs or recommend it to a customer, but there's nothing that blows me away about the pad to merit 5 stars.

    But pair it with the Pumphouse bag? 5 stars, hands down, good night. No matter how fit I think I am, I *still* get winded and lightheaded when blowing up an airpad. But using the Pumphouse bag makes it too damn easy. 5 rolls/fills and your pad is filled up.

    Only bummer is the bag is sold separately (but trust me it's worth it).

    Great pad, even better bag.

    Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra

    The Insulated Air Core Ultra has been redesigned to offer unparalleled comfort at an incredible price. A smooth sleeping surface, larger outside tubes, high volume valve for faster inflation and quick deflation, durable rip-stop nylon top and bottom, insulated top and bottom, and still lighter and more packable than the original IAC pads.

    Fantastic pad

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Big agnes makes great pads. My wife and I have had 2 of these for years and just purchased one of these for our kids to sleep on when we camp. They are a little bigger than the competition's similar pad but I've found that the big agnes pads tend to be a little more durable than the other brand.

    Great all around pad!

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

    I have never been much of a high maintenance camper, and literally this is my first sleeping pad ever. After borrowing a friends last year, I realized what all the hype is about... actually getting a good nights sleep while camping in the middle of nowhere... who woulda thought?! I might be a dummy for not jumping on one of these sooner but I can say I'm glad I picked this one up!

    Comfortable and Warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this to upgrade from my thermarest. I used it for a week while backpacking in Arkansas this Spring. Temp lows were 30F. This pad kept me pretty warm. It fits into my Big Agnes Roxy Ann sleeping bag with pad sleeve perfectly. I was able to put my pillow between the pad and the sleeve which allowed me a MUCH better nights sleep! It kept me from pad envy this year as I was off the ground at least 3 inches along with my backpacking partner. My only issue was the width being a bit narrow. It took me anywhere from 40-60 breaths to inflate and deflates in seconds. Overall I am happy with my purchase.

    Well Insulated

      Used this just off the Great Western trail up Big Mountain. I slept on this pad with the North Face Furnace. It was a 25 degree night. I stayed plenty warm and well padded. Much more comfortable than the Klymit Static V that I upgraded from. I did struggle to stay on the pad for the first couple hours of the night. Woke up wedged between it and the wall of the tent. However, living out of a back pack, you cant expect the best night of sleep. This pad is very light and takes up very little space in the pack. I would recommend this pad to anyone looking to shed some weight and doesn't want to feel the ground.
      Also, takes a bajillion breaths to blow-up.


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

      Used this on a 27 degree night in a tent and should have brought my closed cell foam Ridgerest to put underneath. Cold spot under my rear. Took a star away for that. Not sure what the 15 degree rating they give this means. But I love it for its comfort and weight. This was an upgrade from my Thermarest Pro-lite Plus. Its thicker and more comfortable and weighs a little less. Yes it is slippery. Doesn't take long to blow up. Very happy with it!

      Sleep Better & Warmer

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Have you ever slept on one of those amazing pillow top memory foam mattresses covered in sheets with a thread count of, like, a million? Yeah? Well it’s nothing like that, but it sure beats sleeping on the cold hard ground. Give yourself a little insulation from the cold and a few inches of air to cope with the unevenness you’re sure to encounter at any number of your future campsites.

      This sleeping pad is super comfortable for a side sleeper like myself, and for that reason I preferred it over my previous self-inflating Thermarest. The only down side to this pad is having to blow it up every time you move camp.

      Very comfy, but slick

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

      I got the regular length/wide width pad as a replacement for a 20" wide pad. This pad is fairly easy to blow up (although I can't wait for Big Agnes to make a filling sack). I did not time myself like other reviewers, but it was a short amount of time required. The pad is very comfortable and did not lose air no matter how much I was rolling around. I love how small this pad is when not in use. I can throw it in a duffel for trips where a bed is not guaranteed or just as easily into my pack for a hike. The worst part of the pad is the slipperiness of it. My pillow kept sliding off during the night and I kept waking up because of it. I think I would be able to solve this by making a sheet or using a strap around the pillow.

      An orange soda? No, that's my camp pad!

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

      This thing is teeny teeny tiny. Truthfully it is slightly bigger than an orange soda...more like a super sized soda but it's still much smaller than anything else I've used.

      4 inches of pillowy air is plenty to keep your achy camping back at bay. Honestly you could sleep on a river bed and probably be fine as far a comfort goes.

      It took me about 1 min 15 seconds to blow the whole thing up...I did feel super lightheaded after blowing it up that fast but most people could set it up in under 2 minutes and feel just fine even if you're tired and have been hiking all day.

      As far as materials go, it feels kind of rubbery to a rubbery plastic mix that is light weight, doesn't make a lot of noise if you move around and feel pretty durable. It also comes with a patch kit so if you do have any mishaps on the road then you can fix it and keep on camping.

      Now as far as my impression of it...
      I got the 20R version, it works really well for a small 1 or 2 person tent, a hammock or whenever sleeping space is an issue. That being said, if space isn't an issue I sprawl out too much for the narrower pad so if you aren't backpacking and or space isn't an issue I'd go with the wider one if you like to spread your wings in your sleep like me.

      Secondly, I sleep on my stomach and I've found that I like the horizontal baffles a little bit better for that. If you are a side sleeper or maybe even a back sleeper this pad is great!