User Review: Big Agnes Insulated Air Core
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80 each
Excellent! Warm and comfy! Light and compact to carry!
- Warm and comfy
- Light and compact
- Could puncture, though I haven't experiences that yet.
I have two of these. One for me and my wife. We use them for both car camping and backpacking. They keep us insulated from the cold ground below. That is incredibly important.
A lot of times people complain of a sleeping bag not being good enough, but the problem is really the sleeping PAD used, not the bag. Sleeping bags are made to insulate us from the cold air around us. But they compress beneath our weight and the cold ground can make us chilly. This is where the Insulated Air Core pad really earns its keep. It insulates from the cold ground very well. I've used it on snow, and none of the snow under me was melted in the morning. The true test of how well I was insulated from the cold below.
It's also soft enough to provide a very comfortable sleep. This is also very important.
The best feature of the IAC pad is it is compact and light. It takes up very little room in the pack, and that is a HUGE plus in my book.
This is an awesome pad. We've had ours for 5 years now, and not had either one puncture or leak. We store them under our bed lying flat with the valves open when not in use. Others who complain of leaks I think store them all wrapped tight. I think this makes a difference because they're more prone to mildew on the inside [moisture from your breath]. This degrades the material from the inside out, and you get leaks.
I love these pads, and expect they'll last another 5 years with proper care.