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Opinions on Big Agnes Boundary Deluxe pa
Contributors to this thread:
Mule Power 28-Aug-23
Kurt 28-Aug-23
Grunt-N-Gobble 28-Aug-23
pav 29-Aug-23
From: Mule Power
Time for a new pad. Anyone have experience with the Big Agnes Boundary Deluxe insulated sleeping pads? I’m also looking et Exped Dura 5 or Dura 8. I’m a side sleeper so I go with a regular wide. Open to other suggestions. I’m not looking for the lightest pad out there. I want a thicker pad with a good R value that will last.

From: Kurt
My one experience with a BA pad was horrible. Took a new one on a two week sheep hunt and it turned out to be flawed with a "million" holes when I did a water test. No fixing it...slept on the ground the on that flat BA the whole trip.

My other experience with a Big Agnes piece of gear was their one man tent. It would collapse in the wind on another sheep hunt.

I wrote them off as a company after two strikes....poor designs and lack of quality checks.

I have an Exped. Can't remember the model# but its high R-value and thick. I side sleep mostly and it keeps me comfortable. I've had it for awhile now and no issues.

From: pav
Been using Big Agnes for about 20 years now. Started out with their air core pad and used it for years with no issues. Prior to an Alaskan caribou hunt in 2016, I upgraded to the Q-Core insulated pad. First trip with the new Q-Core was a bad experience. Would not stay inflated more than about four hours when weighted down. Could not find any holes...just had to deal with it for a week.

Contacted Big Agnes when I got home and learned they had a shipment of Q-Cores that leaked at the seams under pressure. The listed delivery date confirmed my pad came from that shipment. They sent me a new Q-Core for free and I'm still using that pad today. I believe the original Q-Core has an R5 rating and combined with my 15 degree bag makes for a comfortable night's sleep well below freezing.

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