This Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL (Superlight) sleeping pad blends supportive construction, synthetic insulation and lightweight fabrics for a comfortable sleeping surface on the cold, hard ground.
The toasty-warm Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Sleeping Pad puts a layer of high-tech, thermodynamic X-Static insulation and heat-reflective polyurethane between you and the cold, cruel earth. Its 15F comfort rating gives you plenty of three-season camp time, and its bomber yet lightweight nylon construction and durable valve mean the triple-seasons can keep on coming.
The Q-Core SL is the superlight version of the regular Q-Core from Big Agnes. It is one of the most comfortable three season pads on the planet. The X-Static synthetic insulation and the natural performance of silver filament enhances thermodynamic, anti-microbial and anti-odor properties. The alternating I-Beam construction creates a smooth and comfortable feel.
Country of Origin: Imported
|Dimensions:||20 x 78 x 4 (in) / 51 x 198 x 10 (cm)|
|Dimensions - metric:||Synthetic|
|Insulation:||Featuring X-Static all natural|
|Material:||Superlight Nylon Rip-Stop|
|Packed Size:||5 x 10 in / 13 x 25 cm|
|Pad Type:||Air Pads|
|Pad length (in.):||Rectangular|
|Pad thickness (in.):||Rectangular|
|Pad width (in.):||Rectangular|
|Repair kit included:||Air pad|
|Rolled size:||5.5 x 9 (in) / 14 x 23 (cm)|
|Sleeping Pad Type:||Manual Inflating|
|Sleeping pad shape:||Backpacking|
|Stuff sack included:||Air pad|
|Stuff sack style:||Tube|
|Temp range:||15 degrees F / -9 degrees C|
|Temperature Rating:||15° F / -9° C|
|Thickness:||3.5" / 9 cm|
|Valve:||Durable inflation valve|
|Weight:||23 oz / 652 g|
|Weight - metric:||Synthetic|
|Big Agnes Insulated Q Core||$119.95 - $199.95|
|Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Pad||$119.94 - $199.95|
|Big Agnes Q-Core SL Insulated Mummy Pad||$159.90 - $169.95|
|Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL Inflatable Sleeping Pad||$139.94|
I heard about the original Q-Core last year, and almost bought one just based on the comfort alone, but heard about this SL version coming out. Waited, and glad I did, for several reasons, although I am a bit disappointed.
I originally went with the regular sized pad, and although light, durable, and really comfy, it was just too narrow. It was about 17.5 inches wide inflated, like other reviewers have stated. I didn't want to believe what other had said, but it's true, it's just too narrow. I'm not a big guy, 5'10", 165lbs, but my elbows hang off the pad, which usually isn't a big deal, but when the pad is close to 4 inches from the ground, it feels weird.
I contacted Big Agnes to see if they had plans to correct the issue, and they said they don't, although they were more than happy to take it back and give me credit for it towards something else. I opted to do it through backcountry instead, and got the Long/Wide version on sale at 25% off. HUGE difference. Although I don't need the length, the width is super nice. Sure, it's 5 or 6 oz heavier, but I'm not into the UL or XUL thing, so it works. I have a 16oz Thermarest pad I can use if I feel like conserving weight, but this thing is ridiculously comfy, and really wide. I've used it a few times, and it's fantastic. Very pleased, although at regular price, $220 would be pretty steep.
I was very excited upon hearing that the Q CORE (the most comfortable pad out there, in my opinion) was going to be upgraded to an ultralight format that would only be slightly heavier than my EXPED UL7.
After picking up the pad I must say that it certainly is comfortable. The unique air chamber system leads to an incredibly cushioned pad (especially for back sleepers). The R Value is terrific and the pad deflates and stores terrifically small. The pad is also tougher than expected, despite the Ultralight fabric.
The downside? The pad is NOT sized correctly. The regular size is not 20"x72". It is much closer to 17.5"x70". This makes a BIG difference as you will NOT be able to rest your arms on the pad at ANY point while laying on your back. For side sleepers, some part of your body (either your knees or your butt) will be hanging off the pad.
To suffer both a size and weight penalty for this pad (despite how comfortable it is on my back) is too much for me. Unless you're a smaller person or you don't mind springing for the Large/Wide size, I would steer clear.
I have the Original Q-Core and it is 20 in wide inflated. I measured a Q-Core SL mummy and a new Insulated Air Core mummy and they were both right around 18 inches inflated. I will say I have the BA lost ranger and the original Q-Core barely fits the sleave. The smaller footprint on the SL might actually work better with system. I am going to contact BA and inquire.
Answer from BA: Yes the Q-core SL is not correct in size and weight. It is actually 1-2? smaller width and length depending on model and weighs 1-2 oz heavier depending on model.
This is something that they realized after production and they are aware of it. If anyone has an issue we can cover it with our returns but BA will also help out any customer that is upset.