Big Agnes Q-Core Sleep Pad
Big Agnes has a mat out that packs down smaller than the size of a Nalgene bottle. The Q-Core, is a light insulated pad weighing in at just 25 ounces for a petite.
This pad features an antimicrobial insulation called X-Static which helps to mitigate odors and beef up the comfort level and warmth. It’s got an R-Value of 5 to keep you warm on cold nights and raised outer air pockets which cradle your body and keep you comfortable and cozy. A generous 3.5 inch thickness is quite comfy and it feels sturdy to me.
The Q-Core comes in four different sizes, so you can get the right fit. It packs up and right back down easily and I was surprised what came out of its small stuff sack. You get a lot of bang for your buck here. My only nitpick is that there’s no integrated pump.
Inflation is not a big deal, the valve has a plastic coated mouthpiece and it doesn’t take too long to inflate. I do prefer self inflation, but it’s a trade off. This mat is pretty great regardless. I love that you can lay on your side very comfortably and it’s quiet and stable.