The Big Agnes Insulated Double Z sleeping pad is a wide and comfy pad that adds luxury to sleeping in the backcountry.
Although the pad was discontinued before this review went to press, I hope you find value in it as you build out your own luxury kit. The Big Agnes Insulated Double Z is still available on both primary and secondary markets (remaining retailer inventories, as well as used, closeouts, and overstocks). In addition, consider checking out this selection of insulated, large (wide and long), and luxury-thick sleeping pads which constitute the Double Z’s primary competition.
The Big Agnes Insulated Double Z Sleeping Pad in the 25” x 78” size (photo: Big Agnes).
Features and Specifications
- Primaloft Silver Hi-Loft insulation
- Available in four sizes: 20” x 72”; 25” x 72”; 25” x 78” (tested); 50” x 78”
- Stabilizer construction creates a flatter “quilted” surface
- Two-piece valve for one-way inflation and quick deflation
- Included stuff sack and repair kit
- Materials: Superlight nylon rip-stop top and bottom, PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft insulation
- Weight (pad only): 29.9 oz (849 g) measured (manufacturer claim: 29.0 oz (822 g))
- Weight (stuff sack and repair kit): 1.4 oz (40 g)
- Measurements: 25 in x 78 in (64 cm x 198 cm), mummy shape (tapered at bottom)
- Thickness: 4.0 in (10.2 cm) measured
- Cost: $149.95 (for reviewed size)
I am currently working on an article for Backpacking Light about Ultralight Luxury- how an ultralight backpacker can add luxury items to an ultralight kit to increase backcountry comfort, enjoyment, and relaxation. Having a great night’s sleep can be a great way to increase both comfort and enjoyment in the backcountry. For me a luxury sleeping pad needs to meet the following criteria:
- It has to be around 1.5 pounds (1 pound heavier than a small NeoAir XLite).
- It has to be 25 inches wide for stretching out.
- It has to be at least 72 inches (6 feet) long.
- It must be insulated for use in 3+ seasons.
- It needs to be thick – thicker than my 2.5 inch NeoAir XLite.
- It needs to be comfy!
Description of Field Testing
This pad was field tested on many nights over a 6-month period including a 10-day canoeing and backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park and a winter trip on the coast of Olympic National Park. The pad was tested in a variety of trip types, environments, and weather conditions. I slept on this pad at temperatures ranging from 20 to 90 deg F (-7 to 32 deg C).