The Big Agnes Insulated Air Core is a step above the rest when it comes to sleeping pads. I’ve used foam “self inflating” pads before and will never go back. This pad provides a solid 3 inches of cushion and insulation to protect you from the cold hard ground and still packs down smaller than most other pads Ive used. It is very light weight and the compressed size would fit in a coffee can. We have compared this pad to the un-insulated version and while there is a small difference in warmth, it is marginal. See our review for the standard Air Core.
Inflation time is one of the two complaints I have with this pad. The valve is small and takes some force to inflate. Also it takes a solid 25 large breaths to inflate. After a long day of hiking or cycling this will leave you lightheaded if done in a hurry.
The second weakness of this pad is also related to the inflation valve. Ive found after using mine for about 6 months a small leak developed where the plastic valve is glued to the skin. I patched and patched to no avail. One quick call to Big Agnes’ outstanding customer support line and I had a new pad on the way, free of charge. While the valve seems to be prone to this type of leaks, rest assured Big Agnes has you covered. Click the picture below to get your own!
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