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    The toasty-warm Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad puts a layer of high-tech, thermodynamic X-Static insulation and heat-reflective polyurethane between you and the cold, cruel earth. Its 15F comfort rating gives you plenty of three-season camp time, and its bomber yet lightweight nylon construction and durable valve mean the triple-seasons can keep on coming.

    • Nylon ripstop top and bottom is tough, durable, and super-light
    • Alternating I-beam construction delivers a smooth, consistent, and comfy feel
    • X-Static synthetic insulation boasts thermodynamic, antimicrobial, odor-resistant properties
    • Internal, heat-reflective polyurethane coating helps seal in the warmth on those chilly nights
    • Comfort-rated at 15F for three-season fun
    • Rectangular shape adds coverage at the corners so you have wiggle room
    • Durable inflation valve prevents leaks and inefficient inflation
    • Ample 3.5in thickness offers more comfort than self-inflating pads
    • Stuff sack included for convenient portability
    • Item #BAG3016

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    Claimed Weight
    [regular] 18 oz
    Stuff Sack
    [petite] 20 x 66 in, [regular] 20 x 72 in, [long] 20 x 78 in, [wide/long] 25 x 78 in
    [shell] nylon ripstop, [lining] polyurethane coating, [insulation] X-Static synthetic

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    Favorite pad

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I’ve been a fan of BA pads for a long time. They’re compact and light yet offer amazing comfort and enough durability to trust you won’t be sleeping on the ground. The “quilt” design is even more comfortable and the insulation is noticeable. In the middle of summer, it’s a bit warm beneath you, but great during spring, fall and winter. BA recently redesigned the valve, which had been my only complaint. The new design appears to be a great improvement, so make sure to pick up a pad with the current valve.

    Leaks like a sieve

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

    I got mine used from a guy who was coming out of the backcountry and about to throw it away. Said it wouldn't hold air though was brand new. I've water tested it several times and keep finding small holes in the "divots" of the fabric, places that clearly weren't caused by use punctures. Every I fix one, another starts, always in the same general area on the same side. It's becoming clear there is either something wrong with the fabric or the construction process. So far I can't get it to hold air long enough to even test it over night.

    *Update. Contacted BA, they sent a replacement, which unfortunately leaked, so they sent me another replacement, which unfortunately also leaked. I requested a smaller size in the hope that it was a batch issue. The new smaller one doesn't leak (living room floor tested) and is heading out on it's inaugural trip this weekend.

    This sounds damaged, or super-defective. I have had zero issues for mine, and my dog sleeps on it with me. I never cut her nails. She's like dragon lady, with her long black claws.

    Since you didn't get it from us, reach out to Big Agnes and see if they will warranty it.

    Lightweight, warm and soooo comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm 6'0" 175lbs and I purchased the longer version of this pad. Got to use it on a recent 12 day trip backpacking in Iceland and I cannot say enough good things about this pad.

    -Its incredibly comfortable with about 3 inches of padding when completely inflated. I never once felt the ground no matter if I was laying on my side or back/front. If you are just sitting with your butt on it though, you will bottom out.
    -The pad is super warm, never once did I feel cold during the entire trip regardless of what terrain we were sleeping on.
    -Easy to deflate and packs up very compact. I was able to just roll it up with my sleeping bag and fit it all in a small compression sack.
    - A few people said it wasn't wide enough, wasnt ever an issue for me. I stayed on the pad every night no problem.
    - Lightweight and durable material construction.

    - Takes about 20-26 full breaths to fully inflate depending on how firm you want it. Good lung exercise though.

    Side sleepers rejoice!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    What an excellent pad. I'm a side sleeper and this pad is a great way to reduce weight, save space and increase comfort. The width is well enough for me to lay on without the wasted space of other pads and the extra cushion I get out of its thickness means my hips dont hit the ground any longer. Easy to inflate with a little effort and incredibly warm and comfortable. My only grump is the slippery surface especially seeing as the pad is so narrow makes it fairly likely for someone to slide off during the night. Highly recommend this pad for all those side sleepers looking for an all-round excellent sleeping pad.

    Im excited to destroy this

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My pad of 5 years finally died and I picked this up to carry on the legacy. So far, this pad is looking to hold its own with ease. Its super light, packs easily and compactly (those being two very different and valuable traits). Took it ice climbing and winter camping this season and Im dragging it to Myanmar to see how it endures in a travel setting. I look forward to making a resume for this thing!

    Just plain awesome

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've had one of these pads for a couple of years now and my wife finally broke down and upgraded to one herself. We both love these pads and have noticed a huge improvement over thinner pads (we both upgraded from thermarest pro lite pads). The insulation is nice for cold nights - we recently had these out on a night that was in the upper 20s and we could notice a huge difference between the pad and any time we touched the ground. The pads are a great thickness if you tend to roll around a bit at night. I sleep on my side and stomach and I've got plenty of padding to roll around until I get comfy. These are a bit noisy at first, but we've both gotten used to them and after one night's sleep on this pad you'll be too relaxed to care.

    These pack up to almost nothing - about the size of a beer can and are noticeably lighter than a traditional foam mattress. I've had mine for over two years and haven't had any issues with holes or leaks.

    I'm 6'1" with pretty broad shoulders and the regular length is fine for me. I just barely fit with both my head and feet on the pad. If I'm lying flat on my back my arms tend to hang off the sides of the pad a bit, but my sleeping bag is snug enough that it keeps me fully on the pad. I'm happy with the size choice and don't think the wide/long versions are all that necessary unless you're really particular about spreading out at night

    add this to your bag, now

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This pad makes all the difference in the world for sleep warmth. I highly recommend it. Especially if you are camping in higher elevations. If you are sleeping in temperatures above 50 you likely will not appreciate it but it is fantastic for the shoulder seasons

    Good Stuff

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This sleep pad is very comfortable in my opinion. The first one I bought seemed to have some problem with a slow leak (wake up with my butt almost touching ground), but I sent it back to Big Agnes and they sent me a new one that has no problems at all. The pad is slippery, so i suggest using a bag with a sleeve. The pad is also very warm, however, I wish they included something to blow it up with other than your mouth (because of the moisture you breathe) like thermarest or exped do with some of their warmer pads.

    "Back" to comfort

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I thought my backpacking days were over, but after finally securing an awesome chiropractor and socking some $ into this sleeping pad, I can finally say that I can backpack again (and not be grumpy after a horrible nights sleep). My lab loves it too because she has now inherited my old therma rest pad and we don't have to fight over it during the night anymore...

    I am 5'7"/160 and got the regular pad and its the perfect size. It packs down SO small into the little carry bag, I can put it in the exterior mesh pockets of my pack or anywhere in my pack, it no longer matters. The comfort on this thing was instant (I actually fell asleep on my hardwood floor trying it out). I recommend not filling it up completely but enough your hips don't sink to the bottom and found that's most comfortable. The pattern of this pad keeps you from feeling like its an air mattress you might roll off of and keeps you in place better. I have slept on dirt ground, flat rock, even round river rocks and this pad has the same comfort regardless. No more searching for the "perfect" tent site anymore, now we can camp where we want/need.

    I paired it with a Big Agnes sleeping bag, and for someone who likes to move in her sleep and rotate around, the sleep system keeps everything in place. This is one of the first "luxury" items this 30-something outdoor lover invested in to keep my future backpacking years enjoyable.

    "Back" to comfort


      Even though I would not consider the pad super ultralight, I am a side sleeper and I purchased this sleeping pad after hearing rave reviews given its 3.5 inch thickness. I thought it would be my "luxury" item on the trail. For whatever reason, the pad I received was dead on arrival. Didn't realize it initially because seemed comfy and inflated fine. However, when I actually left it inflated for a few hours, I found out at an inopportune time that it actually had a slow leak - probably from the valve. Continued to be a problem even if I tried to tighten it down. I probably just received a dud but because this has been so frustrating and the weight is between 1-2 oz higher than advertised had been hoping to exchange it for another pad, likely the neoair xlite. Since I realized this issue about a month and a half after my purchase, backcountry has refused to take it back because they said I "used" it. Really disappointed in backcountry's customer service.

      Initial Impressions

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

      Finally upgrading from my 6 year old big agnes pad. This is a great upgrade packs up small, it's light, and it was noticeably warmer than my old pad. It is a little more "crinkly" sounding but I can live with that. Will update after some winter use.

      Best Night Sleep in the Mountains

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      For years I slept on self-inflating pads and just figured that a bad night of sleep with a sore shoulder was par for the course when camping. Then I got the Big Agnes pad for a two week camping trip in Alaska and I loved it. The pad feels just as comfortable as my bed at home, and it's not as noisy as other pads I tried out before purchasing this one. The only two down sides are 1) the tedious act of blowing it up compared with Nemo or Exped pads which include pump systems and 2) at 20 inches wide it seems a bit narrow. This last point doesn't bother me, but it's something to think about if you're looking to buy this one. You may want to go with the 25 inch wide pad. The Q Core SL is lightweight and it packs up into a small size (and actually fits back into its bag). It's a great addition to my backpacking gear when weight is a consideration. I highly recommend this pad.

      Cut weight and sleep great. *UPDATED*

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Re-Update: Big Agnes has fixed the issue with the 2013 fall printing of the Q-core SL Long. The pad was two inches too small width wise. They have fixed this issue and replaced my pad. The pad is a five star pad.


      I decided to upgrade my 09' chambered air core sleeping pad to the Q-core superlight and here is what I noticed.

      In terms of weight, roll size, warmth, and overall comfort, this pad is the real deal. I've never owned a pad inflatable or otherwise that had such a complete package.

      That being said I did notice that depending on where you distribute your weight on the pad it will shift beneath you, it is not as firm as previous big agnes pads. Personally, I enjoy a firmer pad, but that is just me.

      Fixing a puncture is easy and can be done in about 20 minutes, the only problem is you need a body of water deep enough to submerge the pad in, I have done several backcountry repairs on Big Agnes pads, and its fairly easy just so long as it was a puncture and not a tear and that you have water to submerge it in. I don't recommend this pad for extended stays in the desert.



      -compact when rolled

      -great insulation

      -incredibly comfortable


      -not as firm as a chambered pad

      -punctures somewhat easily

      Pump house with q core

      Pump house with q core

      Sweet 3 season

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great insulated pad..i use it in my hammock and it keeps that cold off of my back, i use the regular Q core in the winter because my arms fit on it when i sleep on my back. im 6'2" 190 and long is perfect size for me

      Worthy technology upgrade

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

      It folds easily into the bottom of your pack and makes your buddy's z-lite or self-inflating pad look like a ground cloth. It's a worthy gear upgrade with only two trade-offs that I've found thus far:

      1) Inflating it takes time and energy. The Big Agnes Pump House makes it a little easier.

      2) I can't turn it into a chair like my old Thermarest Prolite (maybe BA will come up with a solution to this?)

      Can I backorder the regular length?

      Trying to decide between the following...

      Trying to decide between the following pads:

      1.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad

      2.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

      3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

      4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

      Can anyone shed some light? Lightness, packability, and comfort, price?

      Best Answer

      Hey Adoraeleven,

      The Lightness (weight), Packability (rolled size) and Price are all listed in the tech specs for each of these products. As far as the comfort, I would list them in this order:

      1.Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad

      2.Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad

      3.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

      4.Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Trekker Sleeping Pad

      If you have any questions at all please either chat in or give one of our gearheads a call and we can help narrow down your selection.

      I went through a similar search recently and actually ended up getting the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm - in part because of its versatility for winter/colder weather camping too. I considered the same pads on your list as well as the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season. In the end I settled with the XTherm because it seemed to have the best of all worlds for myself.

      I get cold easily so I figured this was a good compromise as it is lighter and rolls smaller than than the Big Agnes Q core series (regular Q-core or Q-core SL!) and warmer than either of the Q cores too. It was only slightly heavier and largerthan the XLite - and much warmer/more versatile.

      I spent a lot of time laying on both the Q-core and the Xlite and Xtherm - I found the Therm-a-Rest X-pads to be more comfortable than the Big Agnes pads - but that's all really a personal preference thing. I don't think you can go wrong with either the Q-core pads or the Xtherm/Xlite pads. The NeoAir Trekker is a reasonable option as well - priced lower, but doesn't pack nearly as small and is much heavier - thus I avoided it.

      Are the Big agnes Q core now really 20"?...

      Are the Big agnes Q core now really 20"? Also is the petite a true 5'6"? Thanks

      So after my first time snow camping, I've...

      So after my first time snow camping, I've come to the conclusion I'm in need of a new sleeping pad. I've been reading a little about R ratings and trying to figure out what will best suit my needs. I think something that could be comfortable from 0F up is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?