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    Big Agnes Pad for Big Rider?

    I'm looking for feedback regarding a Big Agnes (or similar) pad that will be comfortable in a tent for a 5'9", 230 lb side-sleeper during nights that are above 30??. None of my camping is done on rocky/rough terrain.

    Based on the charts, it looks like the Big Agnes candidates might be the:

    - Dual Core
    - Insulated Air Core
    - Memory Foam

    With most pads, I awake with sore hips and shoulders (the widest parts of my body!). Forty-five years/pounds ago, all I needed was a fairly thin Thermarest pad when backpacking. Well, that was then and this is now.

    I've tried several cots which do offer relief, but I don't want to cart, setup, and provide the protective floor accommodations needed for a cot.

    Anyone of a similar weight/side-sleeping position have a good recommendation for a big rider?

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    Theo

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    I upgraded my 15 year old Thermarest to an REI 1.75" pad earlier this summer. It is nice and does a great job - 5'9" 220lb side sleeper myself. I originally wanted to get the Big Agnes Air Core (2.5") but I didn't want to have to carry a pump or have to blow it up. Than I saw the Big Agnes Pumphouse and that changed everything.

    The pumphouse:


    It is a drybag, a big air bellows, and a pillow all in one. The top opening has a rigid edge that can be rolled then clipped down like many high-quality, lightweight drybags. It also has a cone/nipple attachment at the bottom that one can secure over an air mattress blow-up valve and by opening the bag, closing the top and squeezing one can completely fill the Air Core full-size pad in under a minute. Lastly, it makes a great pillow.

    I got the Pumphouse and the Air Core mattress and enjoyed my first really comfortable sleep in a tent in many years.

    Then I got a Big Agnes sleeping bag, the kind with no insulation on the bottom, just a sleeve for inserting the sleeping pad. Another huge win, worked better than advertised. Warm as my regular sleeping bag and pad combo, w-i-d-e so sleeping on my side is a breeze as I can comfortably turn inside the bag, and best of all, no sliding off.

    Lastly, the BA pad/bag/Pumphouse combo pad packs down tiny, so much so that not only do both pad and bag fit inside the Pumphouse (now a acting as a stuffsack), all three can fit easily inside my helmet (or inside my 22-liter topcase with lots of room to spare.)

    You'll like the Air Core, I would advise adding the Pumphouse - and checking out the sleeping bags as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by THEO View Post
    Anyone of a similar weight/side-sleeping position have a good recommendation for a big rider?
    I've got 70 pounds on you, little fella. I have a Fat Agnes pad and it works well. I also have a Thermarest NeoAir that packs to about the size of a 32 oz can of tomatoes. Both are comfortable for me, mostly a stomach sleeper, but I spend about half the night on my side.
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    I've got 20 lbs on you, same height. I have the BA insulated air core and it works great.

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    15 degrees:)

    Yep, I camped in February in Texas and the BA setup kept me warm to 15 outside my tent. Inside wasn't much warmer. Not even a coolness, as I stayed warm. 6' and 250 then and since down to 200. Randy

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    Has anyone tried an Exped mattresses ? http://www.exped.com/exped/web/exped_homepage_na.nsf
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    Quote Originally Posted by 119240 View Post
    Has anyone tried an Exped mattresses ? http://www.exped.com/exped/web/exped_homepage_na.nsf
    Heaven. I've an Exped downmat 9 DLX. downmat means it's filled with down. 9 says it is 9 cm thick when fully inflated. DLX is for the longer/wider version. Because moisture is not good for down the mattress has a built in pump that works OK. My first mattress used the stuff sack as the pump. It sprung a slow leak at the valve and exped replaced the mattress. The valve is completely different on the current version. Simpler and much less likely to fail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=lpa9qNictSs

    The video shows a little trick at the end to make sure the pump area is inflated as well as the rest of the mattress.

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    Age 67,weight 215(neked), bad back,etc..
    If I'm carrying the pad=Thermarest tiny backpacker version. If bikes carrying the pad=Wally World/Coleman Queen Inflatable Mattress That takes up the whole floor of my Kelty 2x tent & easily fits in the bottom of my topcase. Blow it up with your bike tire pump. Moisture and cold don't get to you (or your stuff)as easy,soft & cushy @ night and price is low.

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    Thanks for the responses. The Exped is an interesting option to the BA. Good to know there are other folks my size who find these comfortable.

    Spring, here I come!
    Theo

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