Pretty good review. I found it interesting. I have a few edits below.
Would you please repost the edited version (using REPOST in the
subject line) to this list. You know the drill, I think.
BGT OR Editor
> Owner Review: Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad
### EDIT: Please put the review date on this line (and renove it from
> Tester Information
> Name: Stephen Potter
> Age: 20
> Gender: Male
> Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
> Shoulder Girth: 20 in (50.8 cm)
### COMMENT: There's no good reason, I suppose, why you shouldn't list
your shoulder girth in the bio. However, in most reviews, it would not
be relevant, though it is in this case. I'd prefer to see this number
in the review proper. Also, I think you are supplying a width
measurement, not girth? The most practical thing to do would be to
have someone measure the distance from the outside of one shoulder to
the other, and to present that measurement (defining what it is that's
been measured) in the review.
> Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
> Email address: dc_outdoorsman@y...
> City, State, Country: Davidson, NC, USA
> Date: 15 October 2005
> Backpacking Background: I have day hiked, canoed, and car camped for
> most of my life. I started backpacking in earnest about two years
> ago with my college outdoors program. Since then I have hiked
> throughout Western North Carolina and Virginia, primarily on the
> AT. I typically get out for a few full week trips per year and
> numerous weekend trips. When I started backpacking, I found myself
> happy with a 75 lb (34 kg) pack. After listening to folks talk
> about the virtues of ultralight backpacking, I have tested the
> waters, but only lightly. I also enjoy kayaking and canoeing on
> flatwater, whitewater, and on the coast (Carolinas and the
### EDIT: We do have a 100 word limit on bios. Though many of us do
kayak, it's not a focus of the reviews, so I would omit the last
sentence. Instead, I'd like a better sense whether you are still
carrying 75 lb most of the time, or if you have lightened your
packweight to a degree.
> Product Information
> Manufacturer: Big Agnes
> Year of manufacture: 2004
> URL: http://www.bigagnes.com/
> Listed weight: 23 oz (652 g)
> Weight as delivered: 24 oz (680 g)
> MSRP: $74.95
### EDIT: MSRP: $74.95 US
> Product Description
> The insulated air core pad comes with three options: regular or
> wide; regular or long; and rectangular or mummy. The one I
> purchased was a regular, long, mummy pad.
> Stuff Sack:
> The pad comes rolled in a nylon stuff sack (approximately 1 oz (28
### EDIT: The pad comes rolled in a nylon stuff sack that's
approximately 1 oz (28 g). [to avoid nested brackets]
The stuff sack has a draw cord that is more than long enough
> to fully open the sack. There is a cord lock. The bottom of the
> sack has lip with a label in white letters: Big Agnes, REM Sleep
> Pad, Insulated Air Core, 20x78x2.5, Mummy, Primaloft. There is a
> Primaloft tag on the side seam of the sack. The stuff sack measures
> 10 in (25.4 cm) long x 5 in (12.7 cm) in diameter. The stuff sack
> makes for a great pillow with a fleece inside.
> Repair Kit:
> On the inside of the flap covering the opening of the stuff sack is
> a pouch with repair kit. The pouch keeps the kit secure and out of
> the way. The repair kit is in a plastic zipper bag 6 in (15.2 cm) x
> 3.5 in (8.9 cm). Inside the bag is a repair instruction sheet, a
> tube of adhesive, a valve, an o-ring, and two black nylon patches.
> The uninflated pad has dimensions 79 in (201 cm) long x 25 in (64
> cm) wide x 1/8 in (3 mm) thick. It weighs 23
### EDIT: 23 oz
(652 g). The only
> components of thickness while the pad is uninflated are the nylon
> top and bottom and the Primaloft insulation.
### EDIT: "components of thickness" sounds a bit odd, though I do
understand what you are saying. Maybe something like "When the pad is
uninflated the pad is only as thick as the upper and lower nylon walls
and Primaloft insulation."
It takes me about a
> minute to inflate this non-self inflating pad
### EDIT ...to inflate this pad (which is nor self-inflating)...
through the valve at
> the head. Once inflated, the dimensions are 78 in (198 cm) long x
> 20 in (51 cm) wide x 2.5 in (6.3 cm) thick. There is a ½ in (1.25
> cm) flat seam on the edge of the pad. Since this is a mummy pad, it
> is in the shape of a mummy sleeping bag. At the head, it is 9 in
> (22.9 cm) wide, angling to 20 in (51 cm) through the shoulders and
> thighs, and angling back to 11 in (27.9 cm) at the foot. The pad is
> divided into 8 interdependent air cylinders running the length of
> the pad.
> Field Testing
> Most of my use for this pad has been beach camping during canoeing
> trips where night temperatures can be anywhere between 50 F (10 C)
> and 80 F (26.7 C). I have used it a few times in the mountains
> (5500 - 6300 ft; 1500 - 1900 m), where temperatures were just below
> freezing at night.
> Comfort: I cannot say enough
### COMMENT": I'd write "I cannot stress enough..." or I cannot state
how comfortably I sleep on this pad.
> The first time I used was after a full day of driving and paddling
> 12 miles
### EDIT km equivalent, please
to my campsite. Needless to say, my back was needing
### needed [not "needing"]
> relief. On my first night out, I laid
### EDIT "lay" not "laid"
down on this pad and fell to
> sleep immediately and did not wake up until morning, despite the
> heat and mosquitos buzzing and biting. I never do this while
> camping, especially on the first night.
### EDIT Perhaps: "I'd never done this before while camping...
When I woke up, I felt
> great with no pain from the previous day. I slept better that
> night, and any night on this pad since, than I do in my bed.
> Furthermore, I sleep on my stomach, and normally roll over a few
> times at night. I toss and turn less with this pad. When I do, I
> have found that I do not roll off of the pad, even at the narrowed
> foot. Without a sleeping bag, I can barely feel the air cylinders,
> but with a bag it seems flat, solid comfort. It is easy to release
> some air to make it softer for folks who like that sort of thing.
> Durability: When I first used the pad, I was afraid of putting a
> hole in the bottom. My first night of sleeping was on sand burrs
> that I could feel through the tent floor. On my pad, I could feel
> nothing. In the morning there was not even a scratch on the pad.
> Since then, I have slept on rocks, sticks, and broken shells, and I
> have not gotten a single puncture in the pad.
> Cleaning: When the pad is inflated, it can be difficult to get dirt
> and sand out from the creases between the air cylinders. However,
> when the pad is deflated, it is easy to brush off anything because
> the surface is smooth, unlike some pads with grooves or texturing.
> I spray it off with water and hang it up to dry. The DWR causes the
> water (and my drool) to bead up and roll off. It dries quickly.
> Size: I love how small this pad is. Everyone always asks me where
> my pad is when we pack up for a trip. I used to sleep with a closed
> cell foam pad. Even though it weighed less than half as much as the
> insulated air core, it was four times as large. The insulated air
> core easily fits inside my pack; everyone else has to put a bulky
> sleeping pad on the outside of their pack. If we get rain on the
> trail, my pad stays dry while everyone else has a wet pad at camp.
> Insulation: I remember one instance when I was using the insulated
> air core when camping in approximately 25 degree F (-4 C) weather.
> My friend and I set up the tent after dark. We set up our sleeping
> gear. He used a thick Therm-A-Rest. In the morning, I was warm and
> well rested. He was cold because the ground had sucked out his
> heat. When we took down the tent, the ground on my side was still
> frozen; the ground on his side had thawed and was wet.
### EDIT: This is a little too close to product comparison. We aim to
describe the function and performance of the existing product, not how
it stands up against others. It's possible that there were other
factors at play here, too. Please reword this to describe fully your
experience, but not his. I think it would be legitimate to say that
"my friend, who was using a different pad, slept colder than I did" or
something along those lines.
> Complaints: My only complaint is that if I sleep over 10 hours, I
> notice in the morning that some of the air has escaped (maybe half
> of an inch (1 cm)), presumably through the valve. If I am not
> laying on it, no air escapes.
> Overall: I sleep well. I can put it anywhere. It is easy to care
> for. This is an awesome pad.