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Rusty Hook
06-29-2007, 10:18 AM
Big Agnes has responded to the need for colder weather Insulated Air Core Pads by bringing out their Dual Core Pad. The Dual Core Pad has the same I-Beam construction and Primaloft insulation as the Insulated Ari Core Pads have, but with the addition of open celled compressible foam added to the bottom of the pad to bring the R-value rating up to 5, and the temp. rating down to 0 degrees.

Sizes available in rectangular pads are 20 x 66 x 2.5", 20 x 72 x 2.5", 20 x 78 x 2.5" and 25 x 78 x 2.5" in a plum/black color combination. Mummy style pads are available in sizes 20 x 72 x 2.5" or 20 x 78 x 2.5" also the plumb/black combination. Weights range between 31 to 49 oz, and rolled sizes range from 5 x 13" to 7 x 13". Prices run from $89.95 for the smallest pad to 144.95 for the 25 x 78 x 2.5 rectangular pad. The two mummy pads run $99.95 and $104.95 respectively...Rusty.

Buck W
06-29-2007, 02:09 PM
Rusty, thanks for the heads up. I may need to add one of these to the IAC I already have.

06-29-2007, 02:24 PM
Hmmm... I've got an exped downmat 9 DLX (26"x76") on order. I just noticed the sleeve system for pads that BA uses with their sleeping bags and it seems to make alot of sense. I imagine that the downmat in this size should be able to fit into a BA bag sleeve if I ever decide to get a BA sleeping bag.

Who here is using the integrated BA sleeping bag & pad system, and what are your impressions of it? (I'll do a search on this in the meantime).

06-29-2007, 03:23 PM

Where did you see the sleeves for the mats? I did not see them on the BA website. I have an exped downmat but am worried about a spark putting a hole in it. I tend to sleep near the stove and like to have the door open when I'm awake. The extra layer of material over the pad would give me a little piece of mind.

thanks doug

06-29-2007, 04:20 PM
I believe the sleeve is part of the bag. Not a seperate item.

just a scout
06-29-2007, 07:28 PM
The sleeve is on the underside of the bag. I have both a Lost Ranger and lighter summer bag rated for 40F. Both great bags, pack small, lightweight and warm. And I can zip them together when it gets really cold. Granted, I want a MOB system, but until there's money in the bank for it, I'll have to stick with BA.

06-29-2007, 08:07 PM

The sleeve is a part of a BA bag. What BA does with their bags is incorporate a sleeve for a sleeping pad instead of haaving insulation on the botton of the bag. To my thinking that makes alot of sense since I always find myself sliding off my thermarest while using a conventional bag on top of a pad. The link below explains the concept:

http://www.bigagnes.com/str_bag_home.php?PHPSESSID=c7dd1acb32fd64169e16e12 159b2a881

06-29-2007, 08:34 PM
seadug, this may work for you.

OR chair kit (http://www.outdoorresearch.com/home/style/home/exped_or/exped_mats/CKM)

06-30-2007, 08:46 AM
I've been using a BA pad for the past year with a bag that doesn't incorporate the BA "sleeping system" (sleeve). I haven't had any problems slipping off the pad. I suppose though it would be different if you slept on uneven terrain.

Whether you get a BA sleeping bag, or just use a traditional bag, the BA pad is top of the line IMO.


06-30-2007, 01:02 PM
I use a BA Summit Park(15 degree, 650 down) with the dual core pad.

Couldn't be any happier with it.

07-02-2007, 12:59 PM
I have a BA Lost Ranger 15 Degree. I use it with a Thermarest Expedition Pad.
The system works very well.

I use a BA IAC 25" pad with my Western Mountaineering bag.

I slide a cheap foam pad under either one in cold weather.

07-02-2007, 01:04 PM
REI is having a 4th of July sale right now on BA pads. I think the Primaloft regular is going for $49.