For the longest time I was traveling around with a sleeping pad that would take up half my suitcase and wouldn’t leave much room for anything else. The pad had its purpose when I needed it, but it wasn’t very comfortable and the only thing it had to offer was that it was self-inflated. It really wasn’t functional to fit my needs and I ended up leaving it behind with a friend during one of my trips because I simply didn’t have room for it in my suitcase. Once I got back to my home state I started looking around for the best pad that would meet two very specific needs I had. The pad had to be compact, not taking up to much space in my suitcase and it had to be comfortable. After shopping around and trying a few sleeping pads out, I finally found the perfect one to meet all my needs and would recommend it to anyone that needs a compact sleeping pad for travel or backpacking. The Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad has given me some of the best sleep I have ever had with a portable sleeping pad. Not like other pads that would actually make half my body go numb while sleeping on them at night. I never have that problem on this pad and in fact, I always look forward to sleeping on it when I get the chance.
Comfort and Durability
The Big Agnes Insulated Q-core Sleeping Pad is constructed with both vertical and horizontal tubes, combined with X-static synthetic insulation, giving you that extra comfort and promoting a consistent airflow while you sleep.
The pad is also made from rugged rip stop nylon making it extra durable against holes and tears, while still keeping a light weight status. I’ve never had a problem with any holes or rips, but the pad does come with a repair kit in case of any damage. I’ve heard of reports that even after the sleeping pad was repaired from a puncture, it was still going strong with no ongoing problems.
One thing I really like is that it measures in at 4”/10 cm thick on the sides and 3.5″ in the middle, making you feel like you are actually sleeping in a bed and not just on the hard ground. My sleep has been peaceful and painless throughout the night, while using this sleeping pad.
I also like the smooth, comfortable feel the material has to it because it doesn’t give that vibe like your sleeping on a simple pool toy you just picked up from the market. It’s soft on your body and brings a little feeling of home to it. It doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping outside on the cold hard ground or if I’m inside sleeping on an uncomfortable bed, this sleeping pad is truly the perfect little bed in a bag.
Like I stated before, I needed a pad that wouldn’t take up much room in my suitcase and this sleeping pad does just that when rolled up into the stuff sack. In fact, I can actually fit it in my carry-on bag as well, during air travel and still have plenty of room left to spare.
The regular sized pad (the size I use), only weighs 1lb 11oz and when rolled up into the stuff sack, it only measures about 10 ½ “ x 7”. When the pad is rolled out it measures 20″ x 72″ and leaves plenty of room for me since I’m not very tall. Now the weights and measurements will vary because this pad is available in different sizes and the manufacturer also has a super lite version as well.
Is the pad Self-Inflated?
No, the sleeping pad does not self-inflate. You will need to blow it up unless you buy a pad pump to go with it. I personally haven’t bought one because I try to limit the amount of luggage I carry around with me, but most of the time it would be helpful. Especially since I get lightheaded and have to take frequent breaks while blowing it up. Having a pump will also help reduce moisture from getting inside and extend the life of the pad. They don’t cost very much and I, myself, may start looking into this small investment.
Can it be Used Year Round?
Yes, but this sleeping pad was designed to be a 3 season pad only and not meant for use in the winter, depending on which geographical area you live in. Although it is made with X-static installation to promote superior warmth, it wasn’t designed to keep you warm at temperatures of 15o F or lower. I have never had a problem getting cold while using the pad, but being originally from Colorado, I don’t like to camp in the winter. If you decide to use it in cold temperatures, l would recommend a closed cell foam pad in addition to this pad to keep you warm.
- Light and compact
- Durable and well made
- X-Static synthetic insulation enhances thermodynamic, anti-microbial and anti-odor properties
- R-Value of 5
- Stuff sack and repair kit included
- Easy to fold and stuff
- Available in multiple sizes
- 3 season, not meant for extreme cold temperatures
- Not self-inflated
- Manufactured in silver/grey only
As I stated before, I would recommend the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Sleeping Pad to anyone that was looking into investing in comfortable sleeping pad that works great for camping, traveling or even home use. Out of everyone I have recommended it to in the past, they too would agree with me that it’s the best sleeping pad they have ever owned.
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