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Gear Review: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL Sleeping Pad

Take the comfort of your bed outdoors with the Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL.
BP0413BAG_BigAgnes_QCore_445x260.jpgBig Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL (Andrew Bydlon)

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“It’s Hyatt-level comfort for only a pound,” says one tester, who calls the ounce-shaving mummy shape and 3.5 inches of cushion “the ideal balance of efficiency and comfort.” Instead of using vertical or horizontal tubes, the Q-Core welds both types together in a quilt-like pattern that delivers outstanding stability.

“There’s no raft-like rebound when I roll over,” says a tester. A thin layer of synthetic insulation boosts the R-value to 4.5. In Colorado’s Park Range, our tester slept warm through a 20°F night—in a 30°F bag. Downside: The superlight nylon shell material requires TLC. $160; 1 lb.; 70” x 20” x 3.5”;


  1. funtester

    I bought the Q-Core SL last year and really wanted to like it. Good weight and size. Works fine in My Big Agnes Encampment because it has a sleeve for the pad, But took my winter bag on a hike last month in the February cold. The R value is awesome, no cold from below, but I could not stay on it. Worse, my winter bag does not have a pillow sleeve like my encampment, so my pillow kept sliding away. I had someone on the trip wit me who is having the same problem and talked about possibly putting velcro on the pad. Something I dont think I should have to do for a $160 pad. It was clearly made with Big Agnes Bags in mind, but not with other brands. As I tried to resettle during the night, the pad is very noisy. I was afraid I was waking my fellow hikers up all night. I am going to look into taking it back or selling it and finding something else. As a side note, it may be me, but I had hip pain in the morning after sleeping on this pad. This was a comment I saw others make in various reviews.

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