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Five star sleeping.
Your dirtbag lifestyle may not bring you to many five star establishments, but honestly who needs overpriced, tourist traps when the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Insulated Sleeping Pad adds a heavy dose of luxury to your camping experience. Made with a ripstop nylon and TPU laminate, the Q-Core is a rough and tumble mat with a minimalist design that keeps its weight to a minimum in all of the available sizes.
A layer of synthetic insulation works hand-in-hand with the cozy, quilted top to deliver top-shelf comfort when temperatures down to fifteen degrees, which makes this pad ideal for everything from early spring ski tours and summer backpacking at high elevations, to late fall trips to the desert. The pad inflates quickly thanks to a high-volume valve that can be adjusted to the perfect firmness with a micro-adjust, air pressure button. Additionally, the Q-Core SLX is equipped with an antimicrobial treatment along the inner air chambers to ensure your shiny new mat doesn't become a smelly, moldy mess over time.
- Ripstop nylon with TPU laminate
- I-beam construction
- WRM HL synthetic insulation
- Quilted top
- High-volume valve
- Air pressure adjustment button
- Repair kit and stuff sack included
- Item #BAG009X
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am a side sleeper and always have a hard time sleeping on a mat that provides enough support for my shoulders and hips. This mat has been amazing! I have slept several nights on it very comfortably, with absolutely no pain or tossing and turning! Also, the valve system is brilliant - the air won't come out as you blow it up, and the release valve is large so it deflates very fast! It also rolls up very small and is lightweight. I will be taking this mat everywhere!
New and Improved
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I started using the Q-Core pads when they had the corner mounted valves that were prone to failure as noted in a previous review. This new design seems to have addressed the pointy corners that were causing the leaks. Besides those leaks these are great pads, weighing in at almost nothing and having about the same overall volume as a Nalgene bottle when deflated. In my opinion these are a better all around 3 season pad than any other available right now.
The attached picture is a petite model for my wife, but the larger pads aren't much larger when rolled up.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
*it looks like Big Agnes has updated their valve system from the one I am reviewing, so take my review with a grain of salt
I've had two of these (first one warrantied, about to warranty the second one). First one had a poorly welded seam near the foot that started leaking the second day I slept on it. Not great on a 45 day trip. Couldn't warranty immediately, but was able to repair, until the area around the valve started leaking. Warrantied that one, but now am having the same air leaks around the corners of the valve on my warrantied pad, after sleeping on it maybe 30-40 days. I've repaired it, but is still losing air, and is a tough place to patch. I'm going to return it again, and ask for a refund unless they can guarantee that the same area will not start leaking on a third pad.
Great Sleeping Pad
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
My mom got sick of me using her sleeping pads, so she got this for me as a gift. So far, I love it! The bright color will make sure you never lose it and despite the rough ground it has protected me from, I haven't had any leaks. It's incredibly easy to inflate and doesn't take long (even though the pad is 4") and I LOVE the quick deflate functionality. This pad is incredibly light and packs down nice and small. My only complaint is that it is a bit louder than I would have liked, but it is far from the loudest sleeping pad I have ever used. I have only used this in warm climates, so I can't speak to its warmth.
Is there a pump bag that would work with inflating this sleeping pad?
Hey Michael - Big Agnes makes a pump bag called the 'Pumphouse' that will work with this Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad. Unfortunately we do not sell it but you can get it from them directly. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead