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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantMacEachern View Post
    And, since you are in London, you could pop into the MEC store in Toronto one day and compare all of the pads shown on the site. You can even try them out in the store fully inflated.
    That's exactly what I had planned on doing, once I had enough folks tell me that theirs did not leak. Actually it was the MEC site where I had found quite a few reviews talking about leaks. I was going to order one from Utah yesterday at a good price, but when I figured in shipping and exchange, it will actually be cheaper to pick one up from Mountain Equipment Co-Op in Toronto. I am interested in the BA for a more comfortable night's sleep as well as it taking up less packing space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatChance View Post
    Don't limit yourself to just Big Agnes pads. Be sure to check out the Exped pads, in particular their Downmat pads. I have the Downmat 9DLX and it is the best sleeping pad I have ever used.
    I have an Exped Synmat and love it. The advantage of the Exped over the BA is the Exped is insulated on both top and bottom while the BA is insulated on only one side. Even with the double insulation, my Exped packs just as small as my wife's BA pad. I also think the Exped's valves are easier to operate than the BA's.

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    Explore

    If you get Explore magazine they did a big gear review on several of these pads over the last year. I can't remember which issue, but you might be able to get a back issue. just a thought.
    g r a n t

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    3 years on the Big Agnes.

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    I've had them all. BA is the best by far.

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    BA here:)

    I am big at 250 and 6'+ and BA is the only sleeping bag that fits big folks and I got the insulated long black air matress, that slips in place with the system. No cold gets in and I have room to move, flip in my bag. No leaks after two years use, maybe 30+ sleeps! Air in and out of the matress is slow however, but a worthy system worth the effort, imo...They should put a high flow valve on these things, but a very minor complaint. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantMacEachern View Post
    And, since you are in London, you could pop into the MEC store in Toronto one day and compare all of the pads shown on the site. You can even try them out in the store fully inflated.
    G
    And today I was out by Pearson airport, just a short jog from Mtn Co-Op so I gave them a call. I had planned on picking one up while in the area. As luck would have it, they are out of the regular size and expect an order in a few days. I don't know when I'll be back to TO but I'll try again later this winter. Thank you for all of the replies.
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    which models?

    which models of bag and pad are you guys using? I'm confused.
    the Luz

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    So you guys who like them, do you sleep in a straight line, or curled on your side?
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    Works well both ways. I just got an encampment and I didn't like how cramped I feel in most mummy style bags. There is no insulation on the bottom of the bag, that is why you need a pad. Because the pad slips inside the back of the bag you can't roll off it. Its easier to turn over cause of how its cut a bit bigger in the waist and you don't roll off the pad. I am 5.9 and 230. Looking foward to using it when it gets above freezing.

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    Thumbs up Side Sleeper here

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Veg View Post
    So you guys who like them, do you sleep in a straight line, or curled on your side?
    I am about 6'1" and 240. I am a side sleeper. Someone else asked which bag and pad. I have the Summit Park and the insulated air core pad. I have the long in both. I have the older black air core pad. I know they have a newer brown version now. Here are my original thoughts on them. However my only complaint with the summit park is this, the stitchign to hold the down runs side to side. Eventually during the night the down settles to the sides, so on a cold night I get chilly. I am talking about 20 degree nights. If there was some length-wise stiching in addition to the side to side it would probably work better. I have made my thoughts known to BA and they offered to sell me an overbag for those cold nights for a highly discounted price. The customer service is excellent.

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    Big Agnes YES !!!

    First, the Big Agnes system is the best night's rest I've had in a tent in 40+ years of camping (well, except maybe those times when we used to pack in Coors quarts in our backpack, but that was so 70's ). I used a thermarest for several years... no comparison. THE BA STAYS UNDER YOU, no matter how you roll around. I am a side sleeper so I get pains in my hips and shoulders if the padding isn't deep enough so I use the rectangular Air Core (deep red) which is an inflatable, 2.5" thick with my Cross Mountain (40 degree rating). That is for summer camping which is all I do now, at least on the ground. I take a 10 degree down bag on winter ski trips but sleep in a cabin or yurt on a mattress.

    I've contemplated getting the dual core (rated 0 degrees) if I needed that warmth but summer camping, even in Colo and Wyo is warm enough for the Cross Mtn and Air Core, for me anyway. Another thing BA is selling is a pad made with the "space age" foam like the TempurPedic beds. Haven't tried that. Get the size that fits the bag you choose. The guys at the outdoor store can help or the BA website is very informative and makes it easy to pick a pad.

    At the Gillette rally I used the BA system with a newly acquired LuxuryLite cot (http://luxurylite.com/index.html) which was truly luxurious... overkill really, but as a side sleeper the LL Cot was worth the $200 I paid for it and in about 1-2 nights I paid for it compared to motel prices during the Rally.

    Big Agnes Cross Mountain... $135
    Big Agnes Air Core... $85
    LuxuryLIte Cot... $200

    Sleeping through the night in my tent with no sore spots or aches and pains... priceless !!!

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    I have a BA insulated pad. No leaks, yes it's comfortable and packs small.
    I've also been camping for the last 2 weeks sleeping on it in cold temps 19??-50??F and have been freezing my butt off. I have a nice down BA Storm King 0?? bag with a coolmax Outlast bag liner. I was never cold with my Thermarest Prolite 4.... but thought I'd try out the BA pad on this trip cause it came so recommended on ADV....

    I just bought a Thermarest luxury camp pad at REI in Bend OR, preparing for some upcoming cold nights, and sent the BA home... Yes it's bigger, and heavier, but just as comfy as the BA, is self inflating and has double the RA warmth rating so I'll deal with it's extra 2 inches in diameter, at least for cold weather camping. It's not like we're humping these pads on our back...
    I love BA stuff, I sleep in a BA tent and have 2 BA bags... the BA pad didn't work for me while doing winter camping. Obviously since I'm out riding and camping in January I'm not afraid of the cold, but rated for 15?? they say... NO way.... 45??F + and it's a good pad

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