Big AgnesQ-Core SLX Insulated Sleeping Pad

Five star sleeping.

Your dirtbag lifestyle may not bring you to many five star establishments, but honestly who needs overpriced, tourist traps when the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Insulated Sleeping Pad adds a heavy dose of luxury to your camping experience. Made with a ripstop nylon and TPU laminate, the Q-Core is a rough and tumble mat with a minimalist design that keeps its weight to a minimum in all of the available sizes.

A layer of synthetic insulation works hand-in-hand with the cozy, quilted top to deliver top-shelf comfort when temperatures down to fifteen degrees, which makes this pad ideal for everything from early spring ski tours and summer backpacking at high elevations, to late fall trips to the desert. The pad inflates quickly thanks to a high-volume valve that can be adjusted to the perfect firmness with a micro-adjust, air pressure button. Additionally, the Q-Core SLX is equipped with an antimicrobial treatment to reduce odor buildup.

  • Ripstop nylon with TPU laminate
  • I-beam construction
  • WRM HL synthetic insulation
  • Quilted top
  • High-volume valve
  • Air pressure adjustment button
  • Repair kit and stuff sack included
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Didn’t Last

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first big Agnes Pad. It lasted about 15 nights. No holes no damage, just stopped holding air. I am going though warranty right now and I will see how that goes. But unless you want to be sleeping on the cold ground halfway through a trip I don’t recommend it.
My wife has had three pads by them bought one and has had it replaced on warranty twice. They are very comfortable and work well with the intergrated sleeping system but the quality is questionable for the price.

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Light & comfy.

Love this sleeping pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used a thermarest for the last 3 years and honestly thought that i just wouldn’t sleep well camping/backpacking ever. I roll off the pad, sleep on my side and belly and would wake up achy. My husband has the core q and loves it. When i found this version on sale I bought it. It is a truly amazing change in the quality of my sleep now. I have used this on 3 backpacking trips since its purchase and I will never go back to a thermarest. The side rails are perfect so i dont roll off my pad, the width is enough to where i can sleep on my side without my shoulders hurting. Would definitely recommend this product. Paxks down to the same size as my old thermarest

Small in the Backpack, Yet Comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the long and wide version of this pad, and ohhhhhhhhhhh man its like the easy boy of sleeping pads. A lazy-boy that fits into the palm of your hand, that is. Packed up, this thing is tiny at about 12x2, but its still really comfortable all blown up. Definitely pick this one up if you are looking for a new pad!

Simple functional and comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

For the longest time (5 years) I had a heavy thin camping pad that certainly did the trick but, it was time to upgrade and I am very glad I upgraded to the q-core. I decided to purchase this pad versus others due to the tough material it is made of and its insulation. I don't always sleep in a tent and I feel comfortable putting this on the ground with a light ground sheet without it ripping. The insulation allows me to sleep comfortably on the shoulder seasons without loosing too much heat to the ground. Big Agnes put simplistic technology in this pad without compromising weight or comfort but producing an extremely functional pad for any outdoor pursuit.

Long and wide for ultimate comfort

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I live outdoors and travel full time. All of my favorite pastimes require top gear with low weight. This pad has been a great upgrade for me. It is smaller than a 1L nalgene when packed away, weighs next to nothing, and the added insulation makes for a cozy night of sleep through all seasons (with the right sleeping bag). Years ago I had a down insulated Exped pad that was great until it started leaking air from a seam during a winter camping trip. I was scared away from air pads and have been using a Thermarest trail pro for a while, but I hated that it did not compress much. I am also a die hard side sleeper so the Thermarest never quite made it to 5 stars for me. This is where the Big Agnes saves the day. It seems much more durable than my old Exped pad, saves a ton of space in any bag, and provides a very comfortable sleep surface.

As a person who always wants comfort, quality, price tag, and weight to be intersect I highly recommend this pad. You should also get the pump house ultra! It helps blow this thing up in no time. It also steals the show by moonlighting as a dry bag, stuff sack, and outdoor shower. Cant go wrong with multi purpose gear!

q-core slx pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Coming from a large bulky foam pad, this air pad makes backing packing so much more enjoyable. The high volume valve makes it easy to inflate. The pad inflates to 4 inches thick and when rolled up is the size of a large water bottle.

Solid Pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just picked this bad boy up! Initial impressions are high for this pad over previous Big Agnes pads. The flat valve design should prevent the leak issues that I've had in the past with thier pads, as they become weaker around the valves. From a comfort level I couldn't be more satisfied. Super kush design and the raised edges deter you from tossing and turning all night long, and having a more restful night out under the stars. Solid pad, but a little too insulated for me to use during the warmer months. I'd recommend this to any camper, and people who like to be nice and toasty while sleeping.

Livin' That Cushy Lifestyle

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It's really darn comfortable, guys. Definitely my favorite sleeping pad I've used to date. I really appreciate the in/out system so that you can get your pad to the perfect level of inflation. Nothing is more infuriating than trying to inflate a pad with escaping air. No need to worry about that with this product. Deflating is super fast and hassle free as well. All in all, just a great system they have worked out. I've only used this for car camping so far, and sure it might not be the lightest pad on the market for backpacking, but it's certainly not the heaviest, and the level of comfort you get in a fairly compact, lightweight is worth it in my opinion.

Comfortable and easy

    Don't let the weight or size fool you, this is super comfortable. It's easy to inflate and deflate too.

    Sleep System = Good Sleep

      When paired with the Big Agnes bag this sleeping pad is amazing!!!! Do yourself a favor and get them together. I tend to roll around in my sleep a lot. With a typical sleeping bag on top of a pad I end up in a knot off the side of the pad. Not with this system. With the sleeping pad in the sleeve under the sleeping bag I am able to roll around all night long, like I would in my bed at home without getting tied into a knot or ending up off the side of the pad. It also keeps you super warm. Just make sure you get the right pad for for the bag you are looking at.

      Love Big Agnes Pads

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These pads are the best. They are well-made, compact and light weight. They are very comfortable. We especially like the fatter baffles along the outer sides. This design feature serves to "cradle" us in the pad... no more slipping and sliding off during the night! Highly recommended and worth the price.

      Finally, a tent mattress I can sleep on.

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I hike 100+ days per year, but I have backpacked only about 25 days because I always have trouble sleeping in my tent. Makes hiking less enjoyable after one or two sleepless nights. I have tried sleeping on inexpensive foam pad and highly-rated Big Agnes Q-Core mattress...without success. I even put the foam pad and Q-Core together a couple of times, but still no luck.

      Finally, in Big Agnes Q-Core SLX, I found a mattress I can sleep on in my tent. I used it two consecutive nights on a three-day backpack over Thanksgiving holiday, and I slept better than I ever remember while camping. Q-Core SLX is lighter and more compact...and inflates much quicker...than my original Q-Core, and for some reason it is quieter when I turn from side to side. I was even able to sleep some on my back on the SLX...a first! I'm not thrilled with the lime green color, but I love the fact that SLX has two openings: one for inflating (which retains air in between breaths) and one for deflating.

      Because I spent the money on it, I'll try the original Q-Core again when car camping. But Q-Core SLX is now my go-to backpacking mattress.

      Sleep like a baby

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Without question the best sleeping pad I have owned. Over the last 35 years I have tried tons of different sleeping pads, but none have compared to the Q-core SLX. We bought them specifically for thru-hiking the John Muir Trail in July of 2017 and found them to be easy to set up (with the stuff sack of course), lightweight, durable and nice small pack size. Well worth the money.

      Highly recommend this product

      Sleep like a baby

      Don't skimp on comfort

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I have used this pad for backpacking and bikepacking. It is by far the most comfortable sleeping pad I have used. Previously I had been using a foam Thermarest pad which was great for using and abusing. I like not having to worry about popping it but it wasn't very comfortable. I also had a inflatable Thermarest which was comfortable but didn't pack down small. This pad strikes a good balance between what I look for in a sleeping pad. Primary concern is comfort- with it's quilted design it is very comfortable whether you sleep on your side, stomach of back. The inflate valve has a slick feature to fine tune the insulation of the pad so as to make sure it's not too firm or too soft. Second most important feature for me is packability. This thing packs down pretty small, definitely not the smallest on the market but good enough for me. About the size of 1 L Nalgene water bottle . My third focus is durability. I have been pretty gentle with the pad so far, making sure I am not setting it up on anything sharp that might pop it. Only time will tell but the thin light weight material has me concerned about even a pine needle popping it.

      I am 6'5" tall and the regular size 20"x72" pad is enough for me.

      What a difference

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I ditched my 17 year old Therma Rest slightly inflatable pad for the Big Agnes. Wow. It is like night and day. Super comfortable and great insulation. At 42 degrees I was warm enough in my tent to sleep in a long sleeve base layer and no cap or gloves. The condensation under the tent where the pad was was non-existent. Where the pad was not was wet as could be. The pad really makes a difference. Just as nice, it is easy to inflate and stow. About 2 minutes to blow up and rolls up nice and compact.

      Packable and Comfortable

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This pad is great and I would expect nothing less from an Item coming from Big Agnes. I have the long and am amazed at how small this pad gets and how light it it, especially given the thickness of the pad. The valve makes this pad the easiest to inflate out of all the sleeping pads I have owned.

      I like em thick!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Big Agnes Q-Core weighs in at a pound but somehow manages to provide over 4 inches of thickness. I am a side sleeper, so the thicker the better. I use this pad and the Big Agnes Fish Hawk sleeping bag whenever I go backpacking and I've never been more comfortable. The insulation of this pad, partnered with my 30 degree bag, keeps me warm at temps below 30 degrees.

      It is a bit slow to blow this pad up, but that's to be expected when using such a thick, comfortable pad. Another cool feature Big Agnes integrated into this pad are the two air valves - one for air flowing in and one for air flowing out. When you want to blow up your pad, you just pop the "in" valve and start having at it, but no air can get out while the "out" valve is down, which allows you to take your time and not get dizzy.

      Sleeping on the couch tonight

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      You heard me, I'm sleeping on the couch tonight, or should I say, Q-Core SLX Sleeping pad!

      This pad is plush stuff - made out of durable materials, it will hold up if your 80lbs pupper starts stomping around on it. The open/close tabs are as simple as they come, no issues with deflation. No noise when moving around, this pad is a dream come true.

      Lastly - look at the price, can't beat it for a QUALITY pad. Packs up decently, little larger than my STS pillow. goodbye sleeping on blankets, hello 8 hrs of sound sleepy time.

      Awesome pad for warmer temps

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I love the size and thickness of this pad (I have the long as I'm 6'6") Pad is exceptionally thick (4") and provides the best comfort I've found for me. I'm a side sleeper and I often experience a lot of hip pain when sleeping in the backcountry.
      My only complaints are weight and temp rating. I weighed mine and it came in at 20 oz. 3 oz heavier than the advertized weight of 17oz. I used the pad with my Big Agnes Blackburn UL 0deg bag all spring during bear hunts. Temps hit low of 28 and I could defiantly feel the cold ground through the pad using a XPG bivy sack. The pad is rated to 15deg so that's a little bothersome given I was nearly double the temp rating. I still love the pad considering it's size and weight it's still a bargain but not a 5 star bargain. It irritates me that the actual weight isn't really close to the advertised weight.