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#1 glass eye

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 04:15 PM

I've always used Thermarest  pads but today I picked up a Big Agnes insulated air core for $5

 

If you have used the air core, how does it compare to thermarest ?



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 04:47 PM

which models and R-values are you trying to compare? or are you just curious as a general broad spectrum compare between the two?



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 05:46 PM

 I own several thermarest  from the Ultralite  up to the 3.5" thick Dreamtime. But I guess the fair comparison would be with the ultralite because that is what I use when size and weight matters.

I guess I just don't trust the air core, seems like it could pop easily but I don't know.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 06:01 PM

Got it.

 

My bro and cousin have had their air core for 5 seasons now. They have only had one small hole in one of their pads thus far with an average amount of use during those 5 seasons.

My wife has the insualted air core and I have the neo air trekker. My trekker is far warmer then the air core.



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Posted 01 December 2014 - 09:19 PM

No problems yet going on 3 seasons. Mostly no tent or floorless shelter. I do kick in a good spot though. Plenty warm for here. I think I have the 40 rating?

I'd take it for five!

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:52 AM

I noticed my uncle's Air core was noisy in the tent last year. 

 

either way at $5 you got your moneys worth times 10.


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Posted 02 December 2014 - 10:05 PM

I love mine. It's very slick tho so it really only works with a BA bag and the integral sleeve. I too was worried about it being fragile, but the guy at REI blew it up and then jumped up and down and on it. Had mine for a few years and no leaks.

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 10:08 PM

I love mine. It's very slick tho so it really only works with a BA bag and the integral sleeve.


Ahhhh.......that settles it I guess. Does no good if I'm sliding off of it. Thanks




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