Gear Review: Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad

When it comes to sleeping, I want to be comfortable. So I sleep like a baby with the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad.

I bought the long and wide sleeping pad, which weighs 2 pounds, 2 ounces but rolls up to the size of a Nalgene water bottle – maybe even smaller. At 3.5 inches thick, it feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud.

Initial Thoughts of the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX

Sleeping is one area on a backpacking trip I won’t comprise.

The Big Agnes Q-Core SLX might not be the lightest sleeping pad in the world, but the joy you feel getting into bed at night sure makes up for it. The first couple of times I slept on it, it was pretty noisy, but on the most recent trip, the noise wasn’t noticeable. Packing it is super easy as well. As mentioned above, it rolls up compactly and doesn’t take up too much space.

Big Anges doesn’t report an R-Value but says it goes down to 15 degrees, though REI says just 32 degrees. I used this in Yosemite when it quickly got into the low 20s, and I had no issues. So, according to my one trip, this works down to the ’20s.

The only negative to the Long sleeping pad is that it doesn’t fit well in the Big Agnes Sleeping Bag System. It’s too wide for the Big Agnes Mystic and creates a cocoon that, while nice in theory, deflates while you sleep as your body weight disproportionately sits on a small portion of the pad.

Overall, I’m a huge fan of the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX and recommend this to anyone.

Until next time adventurers, take care and be safe.


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