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Save space and weight in your backpack by carrying the Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad during summer and ultralight journeys. The rectangular Clearview gives you 2.5 inches of cushiness yet rolls down smaller than a 12-inch sub sandwich. (Your sandwich likely weighs more than the Clearview, too.) Inflate this air pad and slip it into the back sleeve of your Big Agnes sleeping bag for a comfy night's sleep.

Tech Specs

[petite ] 20 x 66 x 2.5 in; [regular ] 20 x 72 x 2.5 in; [long ] 20 x 78 x 2.5 in; [wide ] 25 x 78 x 2.5 in
Rolled Size
[petite] 2 x 10 in; [regular] 2.5 x 10 in; [long] 2.5 x 10 in; [wide] 3 x 10 in
[petite] 14 oz; [regular] 15 oz; [long] 17 oz; [wide] 20 oz
Recommended Use
summer camping, ultralight backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty


Decent Overall

Rich Wheeler
This bad packs down small, and it is decently comfortable. I personally prefer the Air Core over these, due to the feel of them. These tend to be squeaky as some have mentioned.

Worth its weight in gold

So it squeaks a bit as you move around on it, big deal. I'm so tired after a day of backpacking I barely notice. The weight savings are incredible. I used mine on a 5 day Grand Canyon rafting trip and couldn't be happier. Definitely recommended.

Sleeping's clear winner

Tyson Bolduc
I love it. We just went on a camping trip and the best thing that I noticed is that it takes up almost no room in my pack. It packs up so small that I had room for so many other things... Which can be bad, because your pack gets heavier, but such is life. Sleeping was great, although the material takes a little getting used to. I was so tired I don't think I moved so I was fine, but if you are a restless sleeper it could be annoying. However, it blows up to be like any other pad and I for one love it.

Squeaking Like a Party Clown

I have the large rectangular BA Clearview pad. It definitely saved space and weight on 15 consecutive nights backpacking. Mine, unfortunately, holds enough air to keep me off the ground only about 3 hours, so I have to get OFF it to re-inflate (5 big breaths) at least twice every night. I suspect the valve leaks, but not sure. When inflated, it is very comfortable "under my bag". On warm nights, however, it is simply horrible to touch the sticky plastic pad, making it difficult to use my bag blanket-style. The pad is squeaky as all get-out, meaning every time I roll around or get up in the night, I sound like a clown twisting balloons at a birthday party. The plastic looks fragile, but I think it is pretty durable. I found deflation and rolling up to be quick and simple. Because of the squeakiness, stickiness, and leakiness, by the end of my trip I was looking enviously at other people who had larger, heavier pads that have a cloth-like covering. If you are hell-bent on saving weight, then this pad is good for you. I plan to look for other sleeping solutions in the future.

side-sleeper summerweight

I used Therma-Rests for years, then I got this because it was lighter and two cost as much as a new NeoAir. Surprise, it's far more comfortable than even ProLite+Ridge Rest! It's a little sticky, and a little cold. Last weekend in my 30F bag I had to wear a hoodie over my PJs. But I had no trouble falling back asleep.

Really comfortable

The plastic on this pad is a little bit stretchy, so it feels softer to me than other non-foam pads. It packs up smaller than my 3/4 length therm-a-rest and is MUCH more comfortable. I like the stickyness of it because it is less like to slide around. It can be a little loud if you are shuffling around, but that won't last long since it's so comfortable.

Complete failure

vern Johnson
The clearview air pad ruined a 4 day trip. 4 days sleeping on the cold wet ground because it would not hold air. Waking up shivering and have to make some tea several times a night. This was the second time I had it out and it failed completely.

Review Title

This pad works well with the Big Agnes bag, but IMO is not as comfortable as a Thermarest- it is certainly far more difficult to deflate and pack up, though onced packed it is FAR smaller and more compact than a Thermarest. If I could do it over I would have bought a similarly sized Thermarest instead

Returning it

David Stancil
If this pad works for you then you get an air pad at a steal with a low weight but for me the material that its made from keeps me from sleeping at night. Tried this pad out for 2 nights and found that it is extremely sticky which makes it difficult to move around at night. I also usually sleep with my arms outside of my bag or the bag half zipped and the material next to the skin is very unpleasant. Minus the cons it is quite comfortable and easy to blow up. Returning it today.

Great warm weather pad.

Warm weather it's great. But I just spent one night in the upper 30's on this thing. It is NOT for the 35 degree weather that it is rated for. Even with a layer of Capilene 3, pants, tee, heavy fleece, and a BA Summit Park 15 degree bag I froze. Would not use it again below 50 degrees or so at least with any Big Agnes bag without a closed cell pad. And then you might as well of had an insulated pad instead. Comfort, small roll up size, weight and durability get a 4.5 out of 5 though.

I purchased an Exped SynMat 9 Deluxe for the BA Summit Park and it rocks in colder weather. A little heavy, but a bigger comfy bag and pad are the two luxuries I refuse to compromise on.

Couldn't repair a hole in the pad, now need to buy a new one

I loved how small this pad packed down. Unfortunately, it takes around 6 minutes to inflate by mouth and it got a hole in the seam which could not be repaired by patch kit, glue or duct tape. The problem is that the plastic is flimsy. Has anyone tried their other pads? I want to buy a replacement Big Agnes page now that also packs down small, but I don't want one this flimsy. Recommendations?


Angie McKearin
I got this sleeping pad for my husband and a similar one for myself - they were great to sleep on, nice and thick so you will not feel the lumps of the ground, but they do tend to get noisy when the sleeping bag slides around on it.

This pad saved my vacation.........

I bought this because I have a bad back and can only sleep on air due to arthritis of the spine. I was concerned how I was going to be able to sleep on a recent trip to Las Vegas. I called and the very helpful sales person sent this right out to me, and assured me if it didn't work I could return it. Well, it saved my trip. I put about 1/3 air in it and plopped it on top of the mattress and was able to sleep very well. I weigh a lot and it held up fine. It is so small and compact that it fit in an outside pocket of my carry-on luggage and took up very little space. Heck, it would have even fit in my purse, which is amazing. I probably won't use it again for some time, so I don't know how long it will last, but it certainly saved my trip! Thank you Backcountry!!!!!!

Not sure about Durabilty

I didn't quite expect this pad to be built with such light guage vinyl. I am concerned about how long it will last. My best guess, and I'm careful with my gear, is that it should get me through ONE season of use before it springs a leak (the weak point is the vinyl around the valve). If that lenght of longevity is enough, Then be assured you'll be carrying the lightest and most comfortable air pad down the trail. It's 15oz on the dot within it's stuff sack! (20x72 version)

pretty basic but good

Rich Fahey
It's the first sleeping pad that I've ever owned, but it's gotten the job done for several trips. I used it mostly in the summer time, but it was comfortable, easy to blow up, and didn't deflate halfway through the night.

not as good as the insulated air core

I own two insulated air core mats and love them. I tried this one out as the weight savings was intriguing. The mat was comfortable, but feels more like a durable pool floaty than other mats. My main complaint about the bag is how sticky it is; I have a nice down bag, and the bag sticks to well to the mat.

Bottom line: If you are counting ounces, this would be a nice addition to your gear, if you can deal with the sticky surface.

Comfort in Asia

Anyone who's traveled in Asia will know that the beds in hotels are not the most comfortable. I travel specifically in Southern China for 2 weeks+ and a good sleep is vital. I bought this pad and actually put it on top of the "mattress" in my hotel because the beds there are so hard that I have bruises from sleeping on my side. This pad worked wonderfully! It was small, light, and provided comfort all night, not losing air. I also bought the cocoon silk mummy liner sheets and put those over the air pad. It was wonderful.

My only gripe is that I bought petite size and felt like I would easily roll off the pad and needed a bit more width. I'm a small person, 5'1" and 105 lbs. so I thought petite would work, but I think I should have just got the regular size.

As a tour biker...

Packs incredibly small and lightweight. Very reasonably priced too. I will use this pad on every summery trip less than seven nights. I'm still afraid I'll "pop" it on an extended or cold trip and spend too many nights on the ground. Haven't yet though. By the way I use the mummy not rectangle version. My single gripe is an odd one. This pad comes with the sturdy reliable screw valve you may be used to with a thermarest pad. While this is a great valve, You have to blow it up and get your moist breff all up in it. I wanted to be able to fill it with an adapter on my frame pump, but I am excited to see the science experiment that's bound to occur through the clearview material!

Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad: very light without compromising comfort

Jen Browne
I'm very happy with the Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad. Four of my kids slept on this pad this weekend and all 4 raved about it. The regular size (20 x 72) fit inside their Big Agnes Gunn Creek sleeping bag slots. The pad was easy for them to blow up and very comfortable to sleep on. The pad folded down very small and was easily stored inside the sleeping bag stuff sack along with their Big Agnes Air Core pillows without straining the sacks' seams.

Big Agnes Clearview

This is the lightes Pad you can find (except not having one). The Pad lives up to the name it carries, you will not feel any rocks period! I have 5, and my kids can blow these up in less than 5 minutes. One word of warning, keep the DEET spray away from this pad. My son got some on one and it fused the plastic together. Ended up with a hole trying to pull it apart.

Great pad

I took this pad on a bike ride across NY state that involved a week of camping in parks and school yards. The pad does a great job; it is certainly comparable to a good ThermaRest but it takes up no extra space. The pad slips into the Big Agnes sleeping bag pocket and when deflated, stores with the bag in the bag's stuff sack. It does not need to be stored separately. The only minor complaint is that you have to blow it up all by your lonesome. It does not self-inflate. I would highly recommend this pad if you already have a Big Agnes sleeping bag.

For a great nights sleep

I just had this pad up in the adirondacks and I've got nothing but good things to say about it. It packs down smaller than a nalgene bottle and weighs less than most 3/4 length pads. My tent mate even commented on how comfortable it looked and said I didn't move once during the night so I must have been comfortable. Our campsite was very rooty and I didn't feel a thing. I'm 5'2, 130lbs and the petite worked great for me. I can't comment on it's long term durability yet so far so good.

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