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    Arguably the most comfortable sleeping pad on the planet, the Big Agnes Q-Core Sleeping Pad is loaded with all kinds of comfort-enhancing technologies to make three quarters of your life more enjoyable.
    • Lightweight, compact, three-season pad designed to keep you cool in the summer and warm in winter
    • X-Static synthetic insulation with silver filaments for anti-odor and anti-microbial protection
    • Alternating I-Beam construction for a smoother, more comfortable feel
    • Nylon Ripstop top and bottom for added durability
    • Item #BAG3017

    Tech Specs

    [shell] nylon ripstop, [lining] polyurethane coating, [insulation] X-Static synthetic
    [regular] 20 x 72 in, [long] 20 x 78 in
    15 F
    Stuff Sack
    Recommended Use
    3-season camping
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Another Fail by Big Agnes

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I received this pad along with another brand that I was considering. Between the 2 pads it is a unanimous win by the other brand. I'll try to stick to just reviewing the Big Agnes pad though.

    -It has a high R-value at a low weight
    -It comes with a patch kit

    -Features old school twist lock valve
    -Hard to fully inflate
    -21 breaths to inflate (You'll be lightheaded)
    -Pad is only 18.5 inches wide, not 20 inches wide
    -Weighs 490 grams, not 450 grams
    -Slippery and crinkly fabric
    -Takes 5 minutes to deflate after you roll it up twice to get all of the air out of it.

    This will be my last attempt at buying a Big Agnes Product. The most troubling issue is the width. 18.5 inches makes you feel as if you will slide right off of this thing. Your arms dangle over the sides. Almost all of my other sleeping pads are 20 inches wide and you will notice immediately that this one is not. I confirmed this with a tape measure. Also the old twist valves are obsolete. They are much harder to inflate due to less air flow. Once you are close to full volume you have to somehow hold air pressure while you turn the valve and try not to let any air escape. There is no reason for any pad to keep using twist lock valves. The flat valves featured on many other pads are easier to inflate and deflate. I have zero confidence that this pad would give me a good night sleep.

    I included a note with my return to Backcountry in hopes that they update the product information so as not to mislead and disappoint more customers. If you're looking for an amazing pad that takes 9 breaths to inflate, 35 seconds to deflate and pack, weighs 15 oz with an R-Value of 3.7, I would suggest the R.E.I. Flash Insulated Mummy Pad.

    Don't buy this pad, you'll end up returning it.

    I like it, but it doesn't like me

    • 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.

    Big Agnes nails it again

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have had a Big Agnes sleeping bag for years and finally invested in a Big Agnes pad. I have tried a handful of different pads over the years, all with "meh" to " never again" feelings towards them. Before the purchase of this sleeping pad I had just accepted that sleeping pads will never really live up to my expectations. This one was different. Three days after the initial inflating the pad was still comfortable. After a week of sleeping on it I still didn't have complaints. Based on my prior history with sleeping pads, that time frame was pretty amazing. I have yet to try this pad in colder weather, but at 50 degree nights it was still very comfortable. I'm on the short side, so the pad was a bit long. I didn't notice any of the narrowness that others had reported. The pad rolls up nicely ( with out any origami skills) and fits in a fairly small bag. The material feels durable and I didn't immediately panic when the dog stomped on it. I can't wait to try this pad out once the temperatures drop!

    My New Fave

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    So, heres the honest to goodness low down on this pad (Q core SL Mummy - Long) and the Big Agnes company.

    This pad is cush. Some people manage to get by with their gigantic thermarest pro-lites, tiny squishy-feel-every-twig-underneath you foam pads, or hyperlite uninsulated air balls.

    I mock them as I sleep like an old cat on my big aggy. Not only that, it packs down to fit in my skimpy 40L climbing pack, its tiny. And while my friends shiver on their hyper-lite air pads, i sleep in warm bliss even as the temperature dips to 20 degrees.

    But shes not a perfect lady. Shes a bit skinny for my tastes - probably the reason for her invisible weight. Arms can kinda hang off when im layen on top of er, and im a thin dude myself. Also, if your above 6', get the long. Its worth it.

    I have slept on a therm-a-rest neoair xtherm, and xlite. X lite packs smaller, and is decently lighter. Not as warm though. Bout the same, comfort wise, and is made of tissue paper. X-Therm packs smaller, lighter, and is warmer. I am also kind of nervous for its durability, though i hear its pretty tough. They both kinda crinkle when you sleep on em, not a problem you will have with the qcore sl.

    Big Agnes - probably the best company ever. My pad - put it through the wringer does not begin to describe. After I had just beaten,destroyed, and mutilated this pore chunk of sleeping equipment it, sprung a leak. A tiny, micro leak that I just couldn't find. I did a crappy in field patch job that left gunk and residue, and then sent it in to Big Agnes. Four days later, they sent me an email saying they would send me a brand new pad. No charge, no questions, no receipt even though I didn't by it direct from BA. Talk about standing behind their product.

    Narrower than Spec'd

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I was very excited about this pad when it came out, and was looking to use it as a significant upgrade to my backpacking sleep system. I was willing to trade some weight for the promised thickness and get a better night's sleep in the backcountry. Unfortunately, it's not wide enough. Mine measured just under 17 inches when inflated, not the spec'd 20. Not good for a guy with wide shoulders. It weighed in slightly heavier than advertised by an ounce or so. I also wasn't a huge fan of the surface when inflated. That being said, it was fairly comfortable and easy enough to inflate.

    I ended up returning and going with a NeoAir Xtherm. Never looked back.

    Warm and Comfortable

      The Q-Core SL is a light weight, warm, and comfortable. When looking for a new pad I compared this to the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite. This pad felt more comfortable, probably attributed to it being an inch thicker. I like to winter camp so warmth was a big factor in my decision and this hasn't disappointed. The pad claims to be a three season pad, but it performs well on snow and keeps me warm.

      The downsides I have noticed are that it feels narrow. I'm 5'11, 185 lbs and my shoulders are a little wider than the pad is, so if you sleep on your back, your arms might get cold. I'm a side sleeper usually, and since the pad is thick enough I haven't had that issue. Also, if you've had a tough day the pad might be a bit of a pain to inflate since usually takes about 2-3 minutes of lung effort as it is not auto-inflating.