Add unsurpassed comfort to your existing inflatable pad with this body-conforming Memory Foam pad cover from Big Agnes.
|Dimensions:||66x20 / 72x20 / 78x20 / 78x25 inches|
|Material:||Memory foam/ripstop nylon|
|Weight:||2 lbs. 7 oz. / 2 lbs. 11 oz. / 2 lbs. 15 oz. / 3 lbs. 6 oz.|
|Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Kit||$19.95 - $79.95|
|Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Kit Mummy||$29.99 - $84.95|
|Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Pad Cover Kit - Long/Mummy||$36.99|
|Big Agnes Sleeping Giant Memory Foam Kit Petite - 66" x 20"||$59.97|
I had been lusting after a friend's BA Sleeping Giant for a few years and FINALLY pulled the trigger on one of my own. I have an extra wide Therm-a-rest that I already use for car camping (it's an older model, I think it's called the CampLight?) that is 25inches wide. So I got the wide/long version of the Sleeping Giant and it's a perfect fit. I have never slept so well in a tent!
I have also used my ultralight/backpacking POE sleeping pad in there for times when we are on our way to a backpacking trip, but still have one or two nights car camping before we get to the start of our intended hike/backpack. And then leave the Sleeping Giant in car while we are off in the woods/desert.
Sure it takes up space, but if you have room in the car, it makes your sleep much more sound! I also find that the memory foam WILL squish down pretty small, so if you have a little bit of extra space in a duffel, you can cram it in there and then it really doesn't take as much extra space as you'd think.
I have also compared this to the Therm-a-rest dreamtime and think BA's quality is MUCH better, and they paid a lot more attention to detail.
Let me say that this is not 3.5inches thick as advertised. Mine barely comes in at an inch thick. I am truly disappointed. ~After a reply to a question from Kirk Haskell I have raised my review by 1 star. The measurement is with the inner pad inserted, giving this pad a 1" thickness~I tested one at a Big Agnes tent with an Air Core Pad underneath and was sold. I then noticed a 45lb weight directly underneath the pad that I had not noticed(it was to hold the tent down). On the pad I tested, it combined with the Air Core to become a thick pad of luxury that I marveled at. It rolls up loosely to around the same size as a Therm-a-Rest Ridge Rest. Mummy shape saves ounces but still provides the comfort where you need it. Thankful that they sell a long as well. Haven't found a more comfortable pad system when combining with an Air Core.
The title says it all - because I am usually cold I got the Dual Core sleeping pad - 2.5" on it's own is really comfortable, adding the extra inch on this for 3.5" of sleeping magic is pretty sweet. It makes car camping more comfortable than sleeping at home (stars are always better than ceilings). I like that the inflatable portion zips into the memory foam portion as well so there is no sliding around. If this were wider I might just get rid of my bed entirely... maybe Big Agnes can come up with a 2-person version?
For backpacking, I have a Big Agnes air core and a Big Agnes insulated air core. When I go car camping with my wife, we each slip one of those into one of these. (The foam pad, obviously, is meant to go on top of the air mattress, not under it!) We are both side sleepers, and the combination is as close to a bed as either of us has ever slept on inside a tent. As someone else said, despite the weight and bulk, I've been tempted to tote this along even for backpacking. It's that comfortable.
Borrowed one of these from a friend and after that it was all over, I had to have one.
Foam adds that little extra touch you need to get a good night sleep just about anywhere. Definitely a piece of gear for car camping, as it's too large / bulky to backpack with.
I'll reiterate the notes above: this is a sleeping pad COVER. You'll need an inflatable pad to put inside this cover. I use a mummy-shaped ThermaRest ProLite inflatable pad.
Best $$ you'll spend to sleep like a baby in your tent or the bed of your truck.
Very disappointed it is not 3.5" as stated. It doesn't say anywhere that these are the dimensions with another pad inserted. Nor should it give the dimensions with a pad, because it depends directly on the thickness of the pad you put in.
I did buy a BA insulated aircore with it , but counted on adding the 3.5" to the 2.5" of the pad. Another disappointement was that I thought it was a self inflatable one. Teaches me to stick to my old motto of not buying stuff on impuls even if it's on sale.
Debating wheher to actually try them this weekend or send them back immediately for misrepresentation.
BTW: I've been camping and backpacking for decades, and this setup is intended for car camping, so this is not a beginner's inexperienced buy.
This is really a sleeping pad cover and not a pad as described. Don't use alone or you'll be sleeping on the ground... Adds some comfort to a pad though so great for what its designed for.
It works okay when combined with the air mattress. Rather large to pack and very expensive. Find something at 1/3 the price.