Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core Deluxe ($170)

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Air pad

1 lb. 9 oz.

3.5 in.


Thick construction offers impressive comfort and warmth.

Raised outer chambers result in a narrow-feeling pad.

Steamboat Springs’ Big Agnes manufactures some of our most popular backpacking equipment that is lightweight, and it’s Insulated Q-Core Deluxe is regarded for being one of the luxurious sleeping pad designs. With PrimaLoft Synthetic insulation in Silver, and a large 3.5-inch design (its sides are higher with 4.25 in. ) The Insulated Q-Core Deluxe is an excellent choice for those who sleep on their sides as well as in cold weather. With a quilted, soft mattress It scores incredibly high scores for ease of use. If you’re looking for a warm and cozy pad that will serve dual roles for backpacking and camping The Big Agnes is worth a second glance.

For comfort-oriented sleeping pads this Q-Core Deluxe goes head-to-head with the Nemo Quasar 3D above. Both pads weigh an incredibly heavy 1 9 ounces and 1 pound (overkill for the majority of backpackers) However, they have soft-touch fabric and a cushion that is thick. The primary distinction between them is in the form of insulation and design The Q-Core here is more comfortable and has an R-value at 4.3 (vs. that of the Nemo’s 3.3) and comes with Big Agnes’ I-Beam construction instead of the Nemo’s vertical baffles (in our impression the elevated outside chambers on the Q-Core Deluxe produce an extremely narrow and squishy feel). After trying the two pads, we’d recommend the more spacious and plush Quasar 3D. However, Big Agnes is a good choice. Big Agnes is nevertheless a excellent choice for campers as well as those who want some more privacy of the earth. If you’re looking for a similar model from Therma-Rest you should check out Topo Luxe. Topo Luxe, which comes with the same amount of cushion ($170 1 lb. 7 oz. ).