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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Pad Specs
5.5 x 9 inches
6 x 10 inches
5 x 9 inches
5 x 9 inches
78 x 20 x 4 inches
78 x 25 x 4 inches
66 x 20 x 4 inches
72 x 20 x 4 inches
198 x 51 x 10 centimeters
198 x 64 x 10 centimeters
168 x 51 x 10 centimeters
183 x 51 x 10 centimeters
1 lb. 13 oz.
2 lbs. 4 oz.
1 lb. 9 oz.
1 lb. 11 oz.
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Repair kit included
Stuff sack included
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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Pad
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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Padis rated4.3333out of5by54.
Rated1out of5byNOEMTZfromLeaked on first useI purchased this pad based on all the reviews I read here. On the first night of my camping trip, it had a slow leak. had to blow it back up 3 times in one night. Not to mention at any movement at all….this thing would wak up all the other campers around me…..very loud. Cannot find where possible leak is so It is going back. For the $199 price tag, you would think it would be of better quality.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated3out of5byOrhanfromFrustrating Deflation ProcessI have used this sleeping pad several times. It is lightweight, compact, durable and kept me warm alt the times. However, one issue about this sleeping pad makes me crazy and neutralizes all the good feelings that I have about it. If you did not deflate it properly, it takes a lot of space and does not fit its bag. Thus, you have to deflate it completely. However, deflation of this pad is very annoying and time consuming. To deflate it completely:
1) You have to find a flat surface every time (for most of us it is impossible),
2) You have to be very carefully while rolling the pad in order to avoid air trapping
I have tried every possible way to solve this problem, and to speed up the deflation process, but no luck so far. I believe that BA should definitely work on this issue.
In short, I like everything about it, expect above-mentioned issue. For me, with this issue, there is no way to use this sleeping pad in the future.
Date published: 2014-04-13
Rated3out of5byScoutmaster61fromGood Relationship Gone BadI've had the insulated Q Core for almost a year, and was singing its praises from the start, but now, not as much. I'm 5' 10", and weigh 190. As a side sleeper, I was happy to have found a sleeping pad that allowed me to sleep on my side without having my shoulder and hip sore in the morning.
Initially, everything was great, and I would have given this 5 stars +. However, after about 6 trips with this, my satisfaction is waning, for one reason - the pad loses air, and I find myself bottoming out. The first time this happened, I figured I hadn't sealed the valve properly. Next time out, I sealed the valve tightly, and the same thing happened. I wake up, roll over, put about 20 puffs into the valve (not as easy when you are laying on it) then back to sleep. This past weekend on a two-night trek in Nantahala National forest, it happened again, only this time, it leaked twice in the same night, so leak may be getting worse.
Just got done trying to find the leak by inflating, and submerging in a tub of water. Couldn't find a single bubble. I'm very meticulous about my campsite. I pick spots with no roots or rocks, and remove all sharp objects. I always sleep in a tent with a footprint. The pad is not damaged, it just loses air through the night. Now I'm questioning whether I want to trust this on a 12 day trek in New Mexico in June. Bottom line is that it is
super comfortable, but mine is unreliable.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated4out of5byDepotfromSleeping like a babyI just got this pad and I am already sold on how great it is. I inflated it the night I bought it to check for defects. It does take time to inflate by mouth. I see how people would find this difficult, but the physics nerd in me understands lung capacity to pad capacity ratio. It will take a few minutes. After inflating, I laid down for a few minutes to listen for air escaping... and woke up 45 minutes later refreshed, warm and cozy. I'm 6'2", 170lbs, and I went with the Long-Wide. I don't mind the extra weight and space, without sleeping well, I am useless for the day. The compromise is tilted more to the benefits column then the cons. Incredibly comfortable, I can't wait to use it on expedition.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated5out of5bySatisfied SailorfromGet this pad now !!!!I'm fat and kind of tall so I got the biggest mattress that they make. This thing rocks. I initially purchased one for use on a sailing trip where I was sleeping on islands in Washington. Never slept better while out doors. As others have mentioned, it was a pain to inflate 30-35 breaths. Subsequently, I purchased the thermarest battery operated inflator (the one that only weighs 3 ounces or so), for backpacking. With the pump, it only took about 4 minutes to blow up with no pulmonary effort on my part. I've been backpacking with it 4 other times and I love it. It keeps me warm and comfortable. I sleep on my side and this is the only mattress that has worked for me.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated4out of5byhygroscopicfromWell designedI have the 25" x 78" model. Have used it on a few backpacking and camping trips. So far no leaks/tears. Inflates well, although, due to it's size, takes a decent pair of lungs. Adjusting the firmness is also a bit tricky. A little noisy, too, although it is an air mattress (what would you expect?) Also, rather large for a backpacking mattress. For my size, it's a bit big and thus a better deal used for camping, a spare for a guest, or an emergency kit. Had a little trouble with slippage on sloped surfaces, as well, but it's fine on flat ones.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated4out of5byArizonaAdventurerfromVery comfortableI really like Big Agnes products because they offer great options for anyone's taste and they make quality items. Their designs always seem to make sense and this pad is something I consider revolutionary in functional design. I love the raised edges and they work great at keeping me from sliding off my pad, something that drove me crazy about my old BA inflatable pad. No more vertical baffles, instead the quilted design works great to keep the air evenly distributed inside the pad when you lay on it, helping to give it even support and prevent you from sliding off the pad. The pad itself may slide on your tent floor, so try your hardest to find a flat camping spot. The thickness is amazing at 3.5 inches and allows me to comfortably side sleep. The insulation is pretty good for being so thin, it definitely makes a difference in staying warm.
The quilted design makes it harder to inflate and more time consuming to deflate but oh well, you get really good at it eventually. It's heavy that's for sure, but I still manage a 20lb pack with it, and it's worth it for the comfort in my opinion. I have had a few tiny punctures but that's from negligence and disregard on my part, plus I'm 250lbs so that's a lot of weight pushing against sharp desert rocks. Luckily there's a nice little repair kit hidden in the bottom of the stuff sack with a good amount of glue and material and it's really easy to patch. It's a little pricey but the design and quality are worth it. The functionality is excellent, and that's a major necessity in my book.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated5out of5byGhiagirlfromComfort on the groundHaving a bad back and arthritis I thought my camping days were over but Big Agnes made a difference. I heeded the REI salesman's advice and filled it up all the way, laying with the valve at the head end and slowly deflated to the most comfortable level. Space was at a premium, and this packed up into a much smaller space than a Thermorest pad.
I bought the extra wide version plus the design made it so I didn't slide off during the night as I have in the past.
The only con is that I don't do well blowing a pad this size up without getting a little dizzy, but that is just me.
Date published: 2013-11-14
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