SPECS (standard length mummy model)
Rolled Size: 4.5” x 10”
Inflated Size: 20” x 72” x 3.25”
Actual Weight: 1 lb., 5.3 oz. (w/o mesh sack & repair kit); 1 lb. 6.8 oz. (w/sack & repair kit)
Temp. Range: 15 degrees F
At almost a pound and a half with the mesh stuff sack and repair kit, this is not the lightest sleeping pad out there (BA lists the weight as 20 oz., very close to my scale’s reading for the pad alone). However, with the layer of synthetic Primaloft insulation embedded between the nylon layers, you end up with an excellent r-value of 4.1 and low temperature range of 15 degrees. That is pretty damn good for an air pad and worth a few extra ounces if you expect to use this pad in colder temperatures. The packed size is also very reasonable at roughly the size of a 32 oz. Nalgene.
|With 3.25" of height and Primaloft insulation, this pad has an impressive R-value of 4.1 and temp rating of 15 degrees.|
|Notice the larger chambers on each side |
to help prevent rolling off the pad.
EASE OF USE
|Large valve for quick inflate/deflate|
Thus far, the Insulated Air Core has shown no signs of leakage or any other problems. I should note that I also have a 60 lb. spoiled-rotten dog who frequently scratches her claws all over this pad trying to steal a spot, and this hasn’t presented a problem. The pad feels solid, and, as stated in the intro, Big Agnes seems to stand behind their products and offer excellent customer service in the event it’s needed.
Pros: Excellent insulation properties, packs fairly small, well-built, easy to inflate/deflate, solid comfort, Primaloft insulation can still offer insulation from ground if inflation is compromised by puncture, etc.
Cons: A tad heavy for gram weenies (especially if mostly used in warmer temps); noisy shell; like any air pad, it is more susceptible to failure than simple foam (but is way more comfy, too.)
Overall, I've been very happy with the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core and have found no reason to let my eyes wander elsewhere.
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